Ashland University Hosts Re-Entry Summit in Ashland

Ashland University Hosts Re-Entry Summit in Ashland

11/29/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – The United States has 5 percent of the world’s population, yet holds 25 percent of the world’s incarcerated. That fact and many others surrounding the re-entry of incarcerated individuals will be discussed at “The Cost of Poverty: Fall 2018 Re-Entry Summit” that will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in John C. Myers Convocation Center on the Ashland University campus.

“This summit will bring people together to build an understanding of the resources, challenges and life of returning citizens,” said Dr. Todd Marshall, associate provost at Ashland University. “We are also fostering communication that leads to a greater understanding of the dynamics of working with formerly incarcerated individuals and the people who support them, as well as cultivate connections and partnerships to improve the reintegration and reengagement of formerly incarcerated individuals into their community.”

Marshall said the summit will portray real stories of individuals and families impacted by incarceration that go beyond the stereotype of what is seen on the news or written about in the paper. “Also captured in the experience is the role that the broader community plays in their interactions with individuals re-entering society,” he added.

Events scheduled for the morning include a keynote address by Dr. Mike Davis, Office of Re-entry and Enterprise Development Chief of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections; a welcome by AU President Dr. Carlos Campo; a C.O.P.E. simulation; and a lecture on the topic, “Serving Up a Second Chance: Re-Entry Housing and Social Enterprise,” by Dr. Michele Reynolds, CEO of NISRE Inc.

Lunch will be provided at no charge and will include an address by Dawn Freeman, president of The Securus Foundation.

In the afternoon, concurrent workshop sessions will be held.

The 2:30 p.m. sessions will feature Kristi Miller, chief operations officer of Global Prison Seminaries, speaking on “Uniqueness of the Incarcerated Female and Its Impact on Her Successful Re-entry” and Tom Hutter, project manager for Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, speaking on “Hiring Made Easy for Current and Soon-to-Be Restored Citizens.”

The 3:30 p.m. sessions will feature Gary Croft, faith-based re-entry coordinator for Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, speaking on “Faith-Based Mentoring” and Cedric Dean, re-entry specialist for The Securus Foundation, speaking on “Character Education Development.”

Thanks to an event sponsorship by The Securus Foundation, registration for the summit is free and can be made by going to: . Other groups helping Ashland University to sponsor the event include ThinkTank and COPE.

Ashland University boasts the longest operating post-secondary correctional education program in the nation. The program, which was selected in 2016 to participate in the U.S. Department of Education’s new Second Chance Pell pilot program for incarcerated individuals, has seen tremendous growth and is now offering educational correctional programs in Ohio, Louisiana, West Virginia, Georgia, Minnesota and Washington, D.C.

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2018, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, Ashland University ( deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###