Guiding Principles

College Guild upholds the following principles in the pursuit of our mission to make education accessible for incarcerated people across the United States. 

We are free to incarcerated people, with the one exception that they pay for their outgoing stamps. Students can work on units anywhere and anytime — all they need is a pencil, paper, and time; sometimes this is all they have.


We are non-accredited for a purpose. We value the freedom this allows us to provide accessible and inclusive prison education and to serve people who are excluded from many other educational opportunities. 


We are inclusive. Our volunteer teachers and readers strive to provide engaging, non-threatening, and thought-provoking courses. We are open to all regardless of sex, race, religion, prison, crime, or sentence.


We are professional. While volunteering for College Guild can be done remotely and on a flexible schedule, we maintain high standards in the quality of our courses, timely responses, and respect for interpersonal boundaries.

We are anonymous and secure. By assuring anonymity, we protect our students, volunteers and organization and avoid the risks associated with assessing individual students. All correspondence between students and volunteers goes through College Guild's central office. 

We are respectful and insist on appropriate boundaries between students and volunteers. Both students and volunteers are expected to be respectful and appropriate in their treatment of racial, sexual, religious, political, and other personal issues.


We are independent of affiliation with any religious or political group. We do not espouse any particular belief or ideology except dignity and respect.