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LIFTED - Prison Education
Leveraging Inspiring Futures Through Educational Degrees

LIFTED, Leveraging Inspiring Futures Through Educational Degrees, is the first in-prison BA-degree completion program in the University of California system. Piloted at UCI, LIFTED enables incarcerated individuals to apply to transfer into UCI as juniors and earn a bachelor’s degree from UCI while serving their sentence. 

Building on recent admission successes, and support from the state legislature, the LIFTED program will soon be replicated at UC Campuses throughout the state. California’s Master Plan envisioned that “anyone from anywhere in California” could access a world-class education. LIFTED is realizing this dream, supporting eligible incarcerated students in matriculating to UCI.

This is a historic moment where we can create the opportunity for a critical, reflexive, and productive rethinking of how we engage students in a liberal arts education and, ultimately, deliver on our lofty promises about access, excellence, and inclusion to students of all backgrounds.

The potential for personal transformation for those participating in a liberal arts education provides the foundational tools—breadth of knowledge and creative problem solving—to live meaningful and rewarding lives. Your investment this Giving Day will not only support LIFTED’s incarcerated transfer students, but will also usher in a wave of prison and education reform throughout the state.

LIFTED - Prison Education Donor Map
Rank State Gifts
1 CA 40
2 CO 1
2 OR 1
Last But Not Least!
Congratulations to Tse-Wen Chen, a current student, whose gift to Solar Car Engineering Student Group won the Last But Not Least Challenge! With your gift Tse-Wen, $1000 in bonus funds will be awarded to Solar Car Engineering, thanks to the generous support of UCI Foundation trustees Gary and Melanie Singer!
LIFTED Denise Hall $3,000 Challenge
Once we reach $3,000 in contributions, a very generous gift of $10,000 from UCI Foundation trustee Denise Hall will be unlocked!
$3,000 / $3,000 Raised
LIFTED Sun Family Foundation 40 Gift for $50,000 Challenge
Help us reach 40 gifts to UCI LIFTED to unlock a very generous gift of $50,000 from the Sun Family Foundation!
40 / 40 Gifts
Parent Power Hour 25 gift Challenge
Power Hour? How about a power 15-minutes?! Congratulations to our UCI Parent and Family community for coming together in record time to unlock $10,000 in support for Campus Organizations and Volunteer Programs! Keep the momentum going and support some of our outstanding matches and challenges below!
25 / 25 Gifts
1965 Challenge
Congratulations to Hilary Lapks! Your gift to Men's Volleyball just unlocked $1,965 in bonus funds for the program!
1,965 / 1,965 Gifts
Early Bird Challenge
Congratulations to Darcy Wilson-Jones (LGBT Resource Center), Katy Young (School of the Arts/Dance), Charlton Lee (Social Sciences Student Awards) and Rick Emerling (UCI Retirees Association Scholarships), for winning our Early Bird Challenge! $500 in bonus funds will be added to each of these funds in your honor!
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