Programmers won’t look like they used to. Not if Professor Pauline Mosley has her way. She’s opening the door to computer science for women and minority communities and teaching her students how to use their tech skills for the greater good. Her efforts extend from high school students in the GenCyber program she runs to advocacy and mentorship for women in tech.
The Department of Criminal Justice and Security and Westchester County Department of Correction (WCDOC) joined together to complete a virtual course offering on Crime and Public Policy within the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, in which Pace students learned in conjunction with incarcerated students.
It was part of one of the very few Inside-Out programs able to operate nationally during the COVID-19 pandemic, and provided three college credits upon completion to six students from the county jail and eleven Pace students. The writing-enhanced course, which featured the use of innovative tools and secure technology, as well as donated laptops from Pace, was taught by Dyson Professor of Criminal Justice Kimberly Collica-Cox, PhD, in her second year of college programming for the WCDOC.
"We were one of the very few Inside-Out programs that was fortunate to run during the pandemic. We learned that a virtual pedagogical approach can increase programmatic opportunities for all correctional institutions, even post-COVID, if correctional staff are open to its implementation and willing to work collaboratively with outside program providers," said Collica-Cox.