TEDx: Why do we jail people for being poor?

Gardner Fellow Salil Dudani's (Stanford '16) powerful and personal TEDx talk: debtors' prisons are alive and well across the country, as local governments jail people who are too poor to pay their fines and court fees. Meanwhile, half a million Americans are in jail cells only because they cannot afford to post bail. Salil tells … Continue reading TEDx: Why do we jail people for being poor?

The Dominican Republic and My Public Service Journey

Five months after I finished my Gardner fellowship, and four months after I left for a job in the Dominican Republic, I sat down to have lunch with my Gardner mentor back in New York. After a quick check in he plunged right into questioning me about my current job, what I was learning, and … Continue reading The Dominican Republic and My Public Service Journey

Lived Experience as a Source of Knowledge

Founded by Dr. Donald Roden of Rutgers University – New Brunswick, the Mountainview Program (MVP) initially started as a volunteer GED tutoring group for incarcerated youth at the Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility in Annandale, New Jersey. In 2013 the MVP program was incorporated into a consortium of higher education institutions known as the New Jersey … Continue reading Lived Experience as a Source of Knowledge

Amid Anxiety, Human Rights Should be a Priority

December in midtown Manhattan brings tourists, holiday lights, and time with friends and family. The year’s final month also celebrates two important global human rights events: The International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, and Human Rights Day on December 10. Recent events make us realize how important it is to include planning … Continue reading Amid Anxiety, Human Rights Should be a Priority

Post-Secondary Education is Critical for the Formerly Incarcerated

It’s early Tuesday morning and I am on a flight to Detroit-Metro Airport. Due to weather conditions the flight is being delayed. As the plane sits on the runway at Newark Liberty International Airport I am second guessing my participation in this trip. I am accompanying my colleagues Rebecca Silber and Sean Addie to Michigan … Continue reading Post-Secondary Education is Critical for the Formerly Incarcerated