Shawn Williams

Justice-in-Education Scholar
Columbia University

While in prison, Shawn learned about the Cornell Prison Education Program. After applying and being accepted, he acquired thirty-two credits from Cornell. Upon his release, Shawn attended New York City College of Technology for Hospitality Management, and in the spring of 2016, he became a Justice-in-Education scholar at Columbia University. 

Since then, Shawn has spoken at numerous reform schools and has helped raise substantial funding for the Cornell Prison Education Program. He has served as an advisor to Teach For America, counseling over forty teachers throughout the five boroughs of New York City. 

With the sponsorship of both Cornell and Columbia, Shawn spoke on the first panel at the National Conference on Higher Education in Prison (NYCEP). He soon plans to return to school to pursue his Bachelor’s degree in Social Services.