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Climbing the Ladder: Education for Incarcerated Virginians

Climbing the Ladder: Education for Incarcerated Virginians

Over 600,000 people each year return home from prison to re-enter the workforce. Economic barriers, the stigma of a felony conviction, and mental health and addiction challenges make re-entry a struggle for many.  Education within and without prison is part of the answer to this challenge. Join us for a conversation on how these issues are being addressed at policy levels, within higher education and on a personal scale.  This event will be moderated by Alex Hernandez, Dean UVA's School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

January 29, 2020
6:30-7:30 pm

Zehmer Hall
104 Midmont Lane
(Parking is free and plentiful)

More about panel participants:

Gerard Robinson

Gerard Robinson is the Executive Director of the Center for Advancing Opportunity, in Washington D.C, an organization that supports faculty and students interested in exploring the removal of barriers to opportunities in fragile communities. He is the former Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia and former Florida Education Commissioner.  He is the co-editor of the 2019 book Education for Liberation: The Politics of Promise and Reform Inside and Beyond America’s Prisons.

Tierney Fairchild

Tierney Fairchild is the co-founder and Executive Director of Resilience Education, an organization that stops cycles of incarceration by improving employment outcomes and reentry success through high quality business education.  Since the program was founded over eight years ago, Resilience Education has over 500 program graduates and has helped 93% stay out of prison by providing educational opportunities within correctional facilities.  

Josh Pritchett

Josh Pritchett, originally from Richmond, Va,  is a 2019 graduate of the McIntire School of Commerce who currently works at UPS Global Headquarters in Atlanta, where his team leads the global, enterprise-wide transformation of the company.  He is also a former resident of the Bon Air Juvenile Correction Center and a participant in the UVA program Books Behind Bars.  His journey changed when he resolved to shed difficulties of his past as a troubled teen and tells a remarkable story of the power of education to enable growth.

Alex Hernandez

Alex Hernandez joined the School of Continuing and Professional Studies as Dean in September of 2018.  Hernandez writes frequently about the future of learning, and has a special interest in increasing college access, success, and career readiness.