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Moreau College Initiative


Liberating minds with the liberal arts

Male student working at the prison in the MCI programThe Moreau College Initiative (MCI) is an academic collaboration between ϲʹ Cross College and the University of Notre Dame, in partnership with the Indiana Department of Correction. College students incarcerated at Westville Correctional Facility earn credits towards a ϲʹ Cross College Associate of Arts (AA) degree. Students who complete the AA degree have the option to seek admission to a ϲʹ Cross Bachelor of Arts degree program either at WCF or, upon release, at the ϲʹ Cross College main campus. Classes are taught by ϲʹ Cross and University of Notre Dame faculty. MCI is a member of the .

Extraordinary growth—in the program and in our students

Since 2013, MCI has grown from two classes and a handful of students into almost 100 students participating in 40 liberal arts classes annually. Like ϲʹ Cross students on the main campus, MCI students grow as scholars, citizens, leaders, and disciples in and outside the classroom. MCI students are also eligible to receive financial aid through ϲʹ Cross’s partnership with the U.S. Department of Education’s Second Chance Pell Program. Learn more here.

Miles Folsom ’22, majoring in Liberal Studies, was the valedictorian for the ϲʹ Cross College class of 2022. For most of his semesters, he was a ϲʹ Cross student in the Moreau College Initiative on our campus at Westville Correctional Facility. Click for a link about his valedictory address.

Regenerate Indiana—Student Led Documentary

The Moreau College Initiative is proud to introduce this student-led documentary exploring the interconnectedness of land and people. The film is directed by Trace Engbrecht of Parable Films and produced by Cam Stillson. The production and distribution of this film is supported by a generous grant from Indianan Humanities.

“There is hope.”

In this video, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at out how the Moreau College Initiative is giving students hope for a better future.

Moreau College Initiative Faculty

Louis Albarran
Jane Allen
Thom Andreae
Kurt Buhring
Cathleen Craker
Michael Griffin
David Hoipkemier
John Raymer
Norman Runyon
Chris Stackowicz
Kasia Terrill
Linda Thorpe Gordon
Bill Tourtillotte
Br. John Tryon
Br. Lawrence Unfried
Justin McDevitt
Justus Ghormley

Trevor Anderson

Matt Ashley
Brett Beasley
Tobias Boes
Nick Bonneau

Matthew Capdevielle


Erica Doss
Joel Duncan

Kate Finley
Patrick Gamez

Chris Haw
Ricky Herbst
Spencer Hunt
Scott Jackson
Lionel Jensen
Ricky Klee

Ellen Kyes
Eric Lewis
Jeremy Mann

Bry Martin
Sheila McCarthy


Zachary Norman
Tom Nowak


Jeremy Pearson
Jeffrey Peterson

Paolo Polzonetti
Charles Powell
Mike Rauschenbach


Robin Rhodes
Jordan Rodgers
Mark Sanders

Evan Schultz
Sam Sherman

Forrest Spence
Maria Tomasula

Eric Wawerczyk
Marty Whalen
Todd Whitmore
Anna Woodard
Jaroslav Jajiceck

MCI in the News

WEI Gets a New Name

The following announcement was made at the Fourth Annual Commencement Ceremony of the Westville Education Initiative. Many thanks to founding members of the MCI Faculty Steering Committee Jay Caponigro and Steve Fallon for their reflections.

 

The Congregation of ϲʹ Cross, the founding religious order of both the University of Notre Dame and ϲʹ Cross College, draws its spirituality and charism from its founder, Blessed Basil Moreau, CSC. In all the Order’s many ministries across the world, these religious brothers, sisters, and priests seek to educate in the faith by developing the mind, cultivating the heart, enkindling a zeal for service, encouraging hope, and uniting with others as family.

It is this charism that underlies a unique partnership between the University of Notre Dame and ϲʹ Cross College, which has offered rigorous college education at the Westville Correctional Facility since January, 2013. Bachelor of Arts and Associate of Arts degrees earned by incarcerated students are a manifestation of the commitment of Notre Dame and ϲʹ Cross faculty, whose excellence in teaching fulfills the mission of each of these institutions founded by the ϲʹ Cross Congregation. The faculty view their teaching beyond the walls of Notre Dame and ϲʹ Cross and inside the walls at Westville as resonating both with their institutions’ missions and with the Church’s preferential option for the poor.

To honor the seminal role of Blessed Basil Moreau, and to reflect the Congregation’s enduring educational commitment and message of hope to those at the margins of society, the faculty steering committee and administrations of each partner institution join to officially rename the college “the Moreau College Initiative.”