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?
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
In August, shortly before I started my fellowship, a friend sent me a New Yorker profile of Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The profile closes with a fascinating quote from Ms. Figueres: “You know, I think that this whole climate thing is a very interesting … Continue reading Reflections on COP21
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