TEJI grew out of Dr. Lee Perlman’s dedication and passion to provide incarcerated men and women with the opportunity to obtain college degrees. Lee earned his BA from St. John’s College (Annapolis), and his MA in political philosophy at Georgetown University, before completing his doctorate at MIT in political philosophy. In 1984 Lee joined the teaching staff of the Experimental Study Group (ESG), MIT’s first freshman learning community, where he has taught for most of the last 33 years. Lee began teaching in prisons in 2012, through Boston University’s Prison Education Program. He founded the MIT Prison Initiative in 2016 with the support of ESG. Through the initiative, Lee teaches classes to both MIT students and prisoners at medium- to maximum-security Massachusetts Correctional Institutions. Lee has twice been awarded the Irwin Sizer Award for Most Significant Improvement to MIT Education (1997, 2015).
Carole Cafferty joined TEJI as Co-Director in February of 2018. Carole co-directs all TEJI initiatives, manages all administrative aspects of TEJI interfacing with correctional facilities throughout Massachusetts, engaging in long-range planning, and handling all communications and event planning for the program. Her goals include envisioning and realizing new opportunities for education of justice-involved men and women, expanding the horizon of MIT students, increasing public service outreach to the broader Massachusetts community, and transforming the initiative into a multi-university consortium, based at MIT.
Carole brings over 25 years of experience as a corrections professional to her role. A committed advocate for incarcerated individuals, she has dedicated her career to creating educational and programming initiatives within correctional facilities. She is well respected for her creative program design and collaboration with community-based agencies and academic institutions alike. Throughout her career she has created emotional literacy and digital learning programs, as well as treatment programs that have prepared men and women for successful release back into their communities. Carole is a graduate of St. Anselm College and holds a master’s degree in correctional administration from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, where she currently serves as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Criminology and Justice Studies.
Richard leads the Coders Beyond Bars program at the Educational Justice Institute. Inspired by his experience as a volunteer to teach mathematics to returning citizens at a correctional facility through the Petey Greene program, Richard came to TEJI with the proposal to launch Coders Beyond Bars to provide coding and other technical education to returning citizens. Through CBB, Richard is carrying out his personal mission to empowering returning citizens to become producers of digital technology and participants in Boston's thriving tech industry. Richard earned his master's in Media Arts and Sciences from the Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he specialized in research in artificial intelligence, machine ethics, and computational social science.
Social Media Coordinator
Marrk is the founder of Hindsight Visual Media, which specializes in photography and videography. In addition, Marrk supports various non-profits and businesses in their social media content creation. Using elements of suspense, he creates unique visual and auditory contents for his clients. Marrk will be starting his bachelor's in digital filmmaking at Lesley University in 2020.
Caroline Chin is a Graduate Fellow at The Educational Justice Institute, where she focuses on using empirical methods to understand factors that drive inequality and their implications on effective public policy. She comes to TEJI from the American Civil Liberties Union, where she worked on quantitative analyses to support the organization’s efforts in criminal justice, voting rights, and reproductive freedom. She also worked on the Siri team at Apple for several years. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Engineering in Computer Science at MIT after completing her bachelor's degree there in 2016.
Stefanie Grossano is the Massachusetts regional manager of the Petey Greene Program, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support incarcerated students in achieving their academic goals, by bringing trained, volunteer tutors into correctional facilities. Stefanie worked closely with the co-directors of TEJI, Carole Cafferty and Lee Perlman, on the proposal that created the Massachusetts Prison Education Consortium. Now, Stefanie supports the consortium by maintaining the G-Suite platform and providing assistance with communication and information management. Prior to her work at Petey Greene, Stefanie completed a Fulbright grant in Madrid, Spain where she taught English to high school students and to incarcerated men. Stefanie earned her bachelor's degree from Boston University where she first encountered prison education as a Petey Greene volunteer at a women's prison. The resilience, indefatigability, and intelligence of the incarcerated students with whom Stefanie has learned with and from keep her motivated in her work with MPEC and beyond.
Brooke Wages is pursuing a Masters in Public Administration at Harvard Kennedy School and a concurrent Masters in Business Administration at MIT, Sloan School of Management. While completing this dual degree program she will start a social enterprise that trains and places formerly incarcerated people into highly skilled trade roles in the energy industry. Brooke grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and realized her interest in reentry while earning her Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University. After graduation, Brooke completed British Petroleum’s Leadership and Development Rotational Program and an AmeriCorps VISTA term. In her free time she served as the Marketing and Social Media Coordinator for the National Alliance for the Empowerment of the Formerly Incarcerated, developed a partnership plan for Chicago’s Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and NAACP Chicago Westside Branch, lead the National Society for Black Engineers as the Energy Director, and was an off-unit volunteer for Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women.
Marisa R. Gaetz
Marisa is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she helps lead the MIT Prison Education Initiative (a student group she co-founded). Marisa first became interested in education for incarcerated individuals after sitting in on a philosophy course being taught by Prof. Lee Perlman in a medium security men’s correctional facility. She found the discussion engaging and inspiring, and has since believed education for incarcerated individuals to be incredibly important and impactful. She has since volunteered as a Teaching Assistant through the Petey Greene program in a medium security men's correctional facility. She has also worked as a Teaching Assistant for one of TEJI’s courses in a minimum security correctional facility. Marisa serves as a bridge between TEJI and the MIT Prison Education Initiative.