by Eric Ginsburg


More than two years have passed since Tiffany Kallam set to work trying to actualize her vision, and on Jan. 27, it will all be worth it. The date marks the beginning of the semester for a cohort of 15 men who, until now, lacked college access. The Guilford College Higher Education in Prison Initiative, modeled after similar programs across the country, is set to kick off at Piedmont Correctional Institution in Salisbury thanks to Kallam and an amalgam of other people. The 15 inmates — who all have seven years or less left on their sentences — will take two classes a semester for five semesters. The men will receive transferable college credits. Kallam, who will be the executive director of the project, is not the only one who is looking forward to the program’s launch.

“I’m more excited for the guys,” she said. “They are so stoked. That’s not even the best word for it; I had some guys with tears in their eyes.”

Kallam, a Guilford College graduate who recently wrapped up a degree from Wake Forest University’s intensive masters study of law program, emphasized that the initiative has been a community effort. She rattled off the names of participating teachers including Barbara Lawrence and Sherry Giles, the nine students and alums who will act as mentors and tutors, prison and state officials, the assistant to the president of the college and the school’s Center for Principled Problem Solving. In addition to running the initiative, Kallam will be teaching an introductory course focused on critical analysis.

For more information, contact Tiffany Kallam at or 336.285.1116. Find the Guilford College Higher Education in Prison Initiative on Facebook (and soon on Guilford College’s website). !