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I advocate a four pillar approach to recovery from substance use disorder and reentry from incarceration.

By William Sansing, #LwC2019

November 1, 2019

I am the Associate Dean of Instruction and District Director of Student Counseling & Advising Services.

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Mentorship is one of those recurring themes throughout my story.

By Jason Clark, #LwC2019

October 26, 2019

I am the Equity and Justice Advocate for the King County Superior Court’s Juvenile Court Services Department in Seattle, WA.

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We have to seize the moment and make as many changes and be as impactful as we can.

By Eric Weaver, #LwC2019

October 22, 2019

I am the Founder and Chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Returning Citizens and Deputy Director of the READY Center.

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I want to teach justice-involved people how to navigate the system of higher education, not to survive, but to thrive.

By Danny Murillo, #LwC2019

October 15, 2019

Danny Murillo received the Rockwood Leadership Institute’s 2017 Returning Citizens Fellowship.

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When your eyes come open to the truth, there is no turning around.

By Anthony Witherspoon, #LwC2019

October 8, 2019

Anthony Witherspoon has a Ph.D. Higher Education Administration from Jackson State University.

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Walk with me as a ‘possible’ and step away from the ‘probable.’

By Saad Soliman, #LwC2019

September 30, 2019

I am the founding Executive Director of the Peers Mentoring Center and Peace By Piece Inc. in Wilmington, Delaware. 

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My job is to put a new face on reentry.

By Tracey Syphax, #LwC2019

Tracey Syphax He is a board member of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey.

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From that moment I saw that I had a unique opportunity…

By Guy Hamilton Smith, #LwC2019

September 15, 2019

Guy Padraic Hamilton-Smith is a member of the Law & Society Association’s division on Punishment & Society.

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How do we reimagine how we treat our young people and make our juvenile justice system healing and transformative?

By Keturah Herron, #LwC2019

Keturah Herron is a graduate of the University of Louisville and holds a Masters in Juvenile Justice from Eastern Kentucky University.

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I don’t think luck should have any role in whether or not people in prison have access to education.

By Dirk Van Velzen, #LwC2019

August 31, 2019

Dirk Van Velzen graduated from the Nonprofit Management program at the University of Washington.

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We’re taking criminal justice reform to a whole new level!

By Kemba Smith Pradia, #LwC2019 Fellow

August 16, 2019

Kemba Smith Pradia is a graduate of Virginia Union University and was the recipient of a two year Soros Justice Postgraduate Fellowship.

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From that moment on, I just knew that advocacy and policy were going to be the game-changers for me.

By Miea Walker, #LwC2019

July 18, 2019

I am the Criminal Justice Manager of the Policy and Advocacy Division with Forward Justice which is based in my home state of North Carolina.

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Mass incarceration is just the fourth generation of slavery, and collateral sanctions are just Jim Crow all over again.

By Crystal Bryant, #LwC2019

July 2, 2019

I am the Director for the Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry.

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There’s always something to be said when you’re doing something for the community you grew up in or serving a population where you can relate directly to their experiences.

By Yasmine Arrington, #Lwc2019

July 1, 2019

I am the Founder and Executive Director of ScholarCHIPS, a not-for-profit organization based in Washington, D.C.

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I want to help people who have lost the ability to dream to dream again.

By David Garlock, #LwC2019

May 15, 2019

After a Leading with Conviction forum ... you realize you’ve just solved a problem you thought was beyond you.

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When I started to hear other women’s stories, I realized something had to change. I realized this wasn’t just me.

By Zaria Davis, #LwC2019

May 1, 2019

Leading with Conviction is awesome. There is so much content and useful information for me as a leader that I can take back.