NN political commentator Van Jones didn’t come to Quinnipiac for autographs and applause. He came for activism.
Jones, the CEO of the newly created REFORM Alliance, visited the Mount Carmel Campus recently to address criminal justice reform with Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, state and national advocacy groups, and about 20 previously incarcerated individuals.
Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs Don C. Sawyer III, the university’s chief diversity officer, was among those who organized the event. The candid conversation was aligned with the Prison Project at Quinnipiac, an initiative to advance social justice through progressive, humane and empirically based solutions to crime.
“I’m here asking for your help. We want this to be real,” said Jones, who is joined on the board of the REFORM Alliance by hip-hop artists Meek Mill and Jay-Z, and prominent entrepreneurs and business owners.