Fun Facts

We Believe:

– Healthy communities do not need prisons. Education is a cornerstone of healthy communities.

– Blackness, poverty, migration status, gender non-conformity, queerness, disability, and addiction are NOT crimes.

– The routes to higher education should be forged through compassion, collective practice, and community engagement.

Higher education is a practice of personal
transformation and civic responsibility.

Recent News

March 2, 2023

A recent story published by Ohio State News announced OPEEP Directors Dr. Mary Thomas and Dr. Tiyi Morris as awardees of a $480,000 Mellon grant to support their work with the Liberation at the…

January 12, 2023

On Friday, January 6th, 2023, a statement released by Jackson State University announced OPEEP Co-Director Dr.…

October 6, 2022

Dr. Terrance Hinton, PhD, Faculty Lecturer in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the Department of Sociology, as well as an…

September 15, 2022

One of OPEEP's Program Coordinators, Babette Cieskowski, was recently named a Finalist for the 2021 Pamet River Prize! The Pamet River Prize is an annual, nomination-based contest open to first or…

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Tiyi Morris
Associate Professor
Undergraduate Student/Eminence Fellow