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Bertha Arvizo
January 4, 2022 | Bertha Arvizo
As a first-generation Latina college student, applying to graduate school was something I always wanted to do. Yet I was intimidated and saw graduate study as somewhat unobtainable. While I have always had mentorship and support in my networks, I found myself seeking and wanting advice from people l…
Mark Soler
January 4, 2022 | Evident Change
Mark Soler is retiring as executive director of the Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP), a public interest law and policy organization in Washington, DC. However, he will continue to share his 40-plus years of juvenile justice reform expertise with Evident Change, staying on the Board of Dir…
Mindy Rowland
January 4, 2022 | Evident Change
Mindy Rowland has joined Evident Change as Chief Legal and Operating Officer. Rowland has served as a consultant to Evident Change, playing an integral role in the organization’s COVID-19 response. Rowland has also helped Evident Change make significant advances related to operational excellence in…
What We Know book cover and author, Vivian Nixon
December 8, 2021 | Vivian D. Nixon
People who live with the burden of criminal conviction don’t usually have the opportunity to demonstrate our human value to the society whose justice system deemed us unfit to live among them. Each one of us has a history. We have thoughts and ideas for the future and a vision of what might be possi…
The faces of Dwight and Daniel placed into a cartoon
November 18, 2021 | Dwight Watkins
“Only a Mile and a Big World Separated Us” tells the story of two kids from the east side of Baltimore. The first is me, a Black guy who grew up in a drug family in a rough neighborhood and ended up selling drugs. The other is Daniel Hersl, a white guy, who grew up a mile away from me in a white wo…
A scene from the film, Unadopted, Noel Anaya reading from a piece of paper
November 11, 2021 | Noel Anaya
I turned 21 in 2017, which was a pivotal year for me. It could go one of two ways: I could either get what felt like a forced divorce because the foster care system had outgrown me—and end up an angry adult filled with rage. Or, I could turn 21 and choose to emancipate, on my own terms, and get the…
Illustration of a man sitting with his head down, looking sad
November 3, 2021 | Text by Steenz and Aaron Miguel Cantú, Illustrated by Steenz
Reporter Aaron Miguel Cantú and illustrator Steenz teamed up to create When Innocent Until Proven Guilty Costs $400 a Month—and Your Freedom, which won the journalism category in the 2021 Media for a Just Society Awards. This is the first time a comic has received the award.      
Gilda Sheppard, image from Since I Been Down
October 26, 2021 | Gilda Sheppard
“The role of the artist is like a lover. If I love you, I have to make you conscious of things you don’t see.” ― James Baldwin On my last days of filming a short documentary in a refugee camp in Ghana titled Women Together as One, one of the women leaders there, Helen, said, “You know, Sis Gilda, th…
Logo for the podcast "Escaping the Odds"
October 13, 2021 | Aaron Smith
Entrepreneurship has been an innate desire for me since childhood. Growing up on the South Side of Chicago, entrepreneurs were called “hustlers” and the products offered were an assortment of illegal products and illicit services. Nevertheless, it’s what I learned at the “school of hard knocks,” de…
African American woman on phone at her desk
October 12, 2021 | Evident Change
“Better safe than sorry.” That sentiment likely explains why 43% of community members surveyed had called the New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) Child Protective Services (CPS) about concerns that did not involve child abuse or neglect.  Whether to report a concern abo…