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From Crime to the Classroom: How Education Changes Lives
WhenWednesday, May 8, 2019, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Campus locationCommunications Building (CMU)
Campus room120
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsPrimary Sponsor: Humanities Washington


Contact Person: Hannah Schwendemann, but contact Carrie Matthew with inquiries at, 206-351-0214

Secondary Sponsor: UW Students for Educational Justice

Website in progress

Contact: Sriram Parasurama 

Target AudienceUndergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Faculty

According to statistics, Omari Amili’s story should have turned out much differently. His parents suffered from addiction which led to him growing up in poverty and struggling in school. Eventually, he ended up serving prison time—which was no surprise considering the combination of life factors that would suggest a lifetime of struggles with the criminal justice system.

Though Amili was a product of what’s often referred to as the “school-to-prison pipeline,” it was ultimately education that changed Amili’s life.

Blending his personal story and scholarship, Amili leads a discussion on the benefits of another path: the “prison-to-college pipeline,” where incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people can take college courses and receive a degree. Studies have shown that education is one of the best ways to reduce the chance of returning to prison, and Omari explores how we all benefit—as individuals and a society—from the new perspective, sense of direction, and confidence education provides.…
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