"As a teaching and learning community, the College holds that knowledge is a good to be pursued both for its own sake and for the intellectual, moral, and physical well-being of individuals and of society at large."--Grinnell College Mission Statement
The Liberal Arts in Prison Program extends these convictions to incarcerated students at local prisons in order to engage them in experiences of new knowledge, respectful exchange of ideas, and progressive levels of achievement. We believe this program supports the work of corrections staff to protect communities and transform lives, making the prisons safer, and preparing inmates to return renewed to their families and communities. Participation in the Liberal Arts in Prison Program enhances our dedication to the core values of the College, intensifies learning, and prepares our graduates for mature civic engagement.