April 18: MMC Presents Bedford Hills College Program Alumni Panel and Poetry Slam
April 18, 2012
Date: Wednesday, April 18
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: MMC, Regina Peruggi Room (2nd Floor, Main Building)
Cost: Free and open to all members of the MMC community
Contact: If you would like to RSVP, please email email@example.com or call (212) 517-0458.
Come learn more about MMC’s college program for women incarcerated at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, New York State’s only maximum security prison for women. Our guests will include distinguished Bedford Hills College Program alumnae, Nora Moran ’06 and Christina Voight ’03. A poetry slam, including the work of Judy C., Connie L., and Aisha E., three women incarcerated at Bedford Hills, will be read by current MMC students. The evening will include a discussion and Q&A session with our alumnae.
Nora Moran served ten years incarcerated at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. She earned a bachelor’s degree through Marymount Manhattan College in 2006, graduating summa cum laude. Her Capstone project received the Dean’s Award at MMC’s 2007 Annual Honors Colloquium. Nora was released from prison in 2008 and began working as an administrative assistant for Puppies Behind Bars. Now, four years later, she is the director of PBB’s Dog Tags program that places service dogs with Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. As an instructor for PBB, Nora is also going back into prison twice a week to teach women at Bedford Hills Correctional and men at Fishkill Correctional to raise and train their service dog puppies.
Christina Voight is the Program Associate for the Soros Justice Fellowships, which awards grants to individuals carrying out projects that seek to reform the U.S. criminal justice system. She is completing her Ph.D. studies in sociology at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Christina founded and implemented programs that help give incarcerated women the voice to advocate for themselves regarding their parental rights. She also has been the feature for many media spreads on women in prison and has received many awards and honors for her diligent efforts of advocating for incarcerated women and their children; she remains a true activist in fighting for the rights of people who find it difficult to find their voice. She is a member of several women’s advocacy groups in New York City and serves as a PTA Vice President. Christina currently lives with her husband and son in Queens, N.Y.
Photo: Nora Moran '06