Chronicle article: ‘I Don’t Have to Hide’: After Prison, 2 Students Begin Again

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently reported on two students with experiences of incarceration. This photo essay by Mark Leong is part of a yearlong Chronicle series spotlighting challenges facing students today.

One of the first classes Lam took covered how voters and politicians react to crime. Lam told his story to the professor, who suggested he share it with the whole class. As he spoke before more than 100 classmates, a few left the room, but others came up to thank him afterward. He had felt socially stigmatized because of his background and age difference with most of the students, but he realized at that point, “I don’t have to hide, or live by how others perceive me.”

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