Nikhil Pal Singh
Nikhil Pal Singh is a historian of the twentieth-century United States, who focuses on questions of race, political contention, and state power. He is the author of Black Is a Country: Race and the Unfinished Struggle for Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2004), winner of the Liberty Legacy Foundation Award from the Organization of American Historians, and the Norris and Carol Hundley Prize from the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association. He has published extensively on topics including the history of liberalism, war, black radicalism, and US foreign policy. His edited collection of the writings of legendary civil rights activist Jack O’Dell, Climbin’ Jacob’s Ladder: The Black Freedom Movement Writing of Jack O’Dell, was published in 2010 by the University of California Press, where he also serves as an editor for the American Crossroads book series. His next book, Exceptional Empire: Race and War in US Globalism, is forthcoming from Harvard University Press.
Rachael Hudak is an educator, writer, and facilitator with over twelve years of experience leading creative arts workshops, seminars, and yoga classes in prisons and jails in the Midwest. Rachael has worked in collaboration with many community organizations including the Neighborhood Writing Alliance, Chicago Public Radio, the Chicago Public Library, the Goodman Theatre, Catharsis Productions, and the Prison Creative Arts Project and has worked on anti-violence and healing initiatives in Chicago. Prior to moving to New York, Rachael worked closely with Sister Helen Prejean, activist and author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, and was the National Coordinator of the Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project. Rachael is the author of teaching and discussion guides for Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. Rachael is pursuing an Executive Master of Public Administration from NYU Wagner and holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan.
Kingsley A. Rowe
Re-entry Program Administrator
Kingsley A. Rowe was born in Brooklyn, New York and spent his adolescence in Philadelphia. At the age of 18, Kingsley was sentenced to a minimal term of 8 to 20 years in prison resulting from his use of a handgun, which caused the accidental death of a close friend (read Kingsley’s story in the Huffington Post). While incarcerated, Kingsley earned his Associates Degree from St. Francis College (PA) Prison Program and made a commitment to become a productive citizen and give back to society, particularly in inner-city communities. After being incarcerated for 10 years in Pennsylvania, he enrolled in New York University where he earned his B.S. in Information Systems Management. He continued on to receive his M.S.W. from NYU, distinguishing himself as Silver Scholar in Social Work supported by the Constance McCatherin-Silver Fellowship Fund. Kingsley has worked as a social worker with many disenfranchised populations including LGBTQ youth and adults, impoverished families, and adults living with serious mental illness. Kingsley’s passion, however, is helping individuals coming home from prison make the successful transition to productive and contributing members of society through education. Kingsley draws upon his experiences of incarceration and education as a cautionary tale about guns and as inspiration for those looking to build a life after prison.
Assistant Director of Communications
Raechel Bosch is a multimedia artist and producer with a decade of experience coordinating for education programs as well as producing events in the arts. She holds a master’s degree in documentary research and filmmaking from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. Email: email@example.com
Akeel Adil was the first of 5 sons born to a pilot and a housewife. He was an excellent student throughout his educational career. However, it was in high school that he fell into the wrong crowd and met the wrong people. Those so called friends would eventually lead to his incarceration in 2012. Akeel spent his 4.5 years of incarceration learning, growing, and participating in various programs. He worked as a porter scrubbing bathrooms and toilets until he enrolled in the optics program. He also was accepted and enrolled in the NYU Prison Education Program. It is through these programs that he received motivation to pursue his education again. NYU PEP made his realize how important education was. Upon his release from prison, he got in contact with PEP facilitators and wanted to give back to them for helping with his education. Since being released he has enrolled in college where he is earning the remaining credits necessary to obtain his Bachelor’s degree, has gotten a job as an optician, and administrative assistant to the NYU PEP program, and is telling his story via words in a writing workshop. With the strong support of his peers, family, and fiancée, he hopes to work towards a bigger and brighter future.
Vashon Cox was a member of the PEP program in Wallkill Correctional Facility who is presently working as a summer intern at NYU. He is currently preparing to apply for enrollment in the spring 2018 as a Black Studies major.
Jose Díaz is a Latino Studies major at NYU. As a student, he is seeking to discover the narratives that intersect between, race, class, and gender, and how these links could provide the nexus for social parity within social movements. He is also a writer and has been working in a writing group called Lives In Transition (L.I.T) that uses the power of writing to highlight the personal struggles within our politicized world. He is also a student ambassador for NYU PEP advocating and educating on the importance of inclusivity within the narrative of prison initiative programs and education as well as pushing back against the language and ideas that perpetuates the reproduction of our negative notions of those who are formerly incarcerated and people of color.
Richa Lagu is a junior in New York University’s College of Arts and Science, majoring in Metropolitan Studies within the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. Richa is interested in exploring the narratives and promoting the self-expression of underrepresented populations, and has a passion for community service and creative writing. She is also pursuing minors in Spanish Language and Urban Education Studies.
Alexis Myrie is currently a junior in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. Her concentration at Gallatin focuses on resolving health disparities among women of color in underrepresented communities. Alexis is also interested in studying the impact of mass incarceration on communities of color. She is currently pursuing minors in Global Public Health, Social Work and Social & Cultural Analysis.