About the Fellowship

Central to our work is elevating the voices of individuals who are directly impacted by the legal system. That’s why we’ve launched the inaugural Justice Fellows Policy Program, which centers around a vibrant and nurturing community of directly impacted, formerly incarcerated individuals who have overcome the odds and attained their bachelor’s or master’s degree, created programs and organizations for the formerly incarcerated community, engaged in state legislative advocacy efforts, and more.

Throughout this fellowship, the Justice Fellows will use their lived experience to inform, review, amplify, and reflect on Ed Trust’s policy recommendations for justice-impacted students. Additionally, Justice Fellows will inform and guide Ed Trust’s structured engagements and convenings at the intersection of higher education policy and the criminal legal system.

Learn more about the Justice Fellows cohorts here.

Justice Fellows in Action

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About the Advisory Board

Ed Trust has convened an advisory board of individuals with expertise in advocating for issues at the nexus of higher education policy and the criminal legal system. Ed Trust will rely on these board members for high-level guidance and advice on Ed Trust’s strategy for the Fellows program.

Justice Fellows Advisory Board

Terrell Blount
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Terrell Blount

Terrell Blount is the director of the Formerly Incarcerated College Graduates Network (FICGN), a nonprofit organization that promotes equity,…

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Hernán Carvente-Martinez

Hernán Carvente-Martinez

Hernán Carvente-Martinez is the executive director of the Alianza for Youth Justice, the founder of Healing Ninjas, Inc., a…

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Dr. Shawnice Johnson

Dr. Shawnice Johnson

Dr. Shawnice Johnson is a senior data analyst at a leading national non-profit and an experienced research consultant. As…

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Michelle Daniel Jones
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Michelle Daniel Jones

Michelle Daniel (Jones) is a fourth-year doctoral student in the American Studies program at New York University. While incarcerated,…

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Dr. Zaria Davis
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Dr. Zaria Davis

Dr. Zaria Davis is a senior associate with the Pretrial Justice Institute, where she advocates for safe, fair, and…

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Dr. Laura Ferguson-Mimms

Dr. Laura Ferguson-Mimms

I am a native Nashvillian who loves my family and my hometown. My professional career includes working as a…

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Dr. Terrence S. McTier Jr.

Dr. Terrence S. McTier Jr.

Dr. Terrence S. McTier Jr. is a research and equity consultant for current and formerly incarcerated individuals. Dr. McTier…

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Ved Price

Ved Price

Ved Price joined the Alliance as Executive Director in 2022 and brings deep experience in the nonprofit sector as…

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Romarilyn Ralston

Romarilyn Ralston

Romarilyn Ralston identifies as a Black feminist abolitionist with incarceration experience. She earned a Bachelor degree in Gender and…

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Noel Vest, Ph.D.
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Noel Vest, Ph.D.

Noel Vest, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Stanford University School of Medicine. His research interests include…

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Jarrod M. Wall

Jarrod M. Wall

Jarrod M. Wall is a fifth-year doctoral student at Tulane University, works part-time for the Jesuit Social Justice Research…

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