This article appeared in the Sept. 10, 2019, issue of the student newsletter.
James Elliot, the international president of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, will speak at Brookhaven College on Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 1:30-2:50 p.m. in the Performance Hall, about his journey from prison to student leadership.
When James was 19 years old, he was incarcerated for his part in an armed robbery. He spent the next six years behind bars.
James' time in prison changed everything for him. He took college correspondence courses and began serving others in prison through his work as a chaplain's assistant. He is a passionate advocate for higher education in prison, and he shares his story to inspire and empower others to overcome social stigmas.
Today, James is pursuing a double degree in human services and drug and alcohol counseling and has plans to become a civil rights attorney.
"I have seen firsthand the individuals affected by mass incarceration," he said. "I love to help others because I know that I would not be where I am today if it wasn't for those who helped me. I want to make the world a better place and spread more equity to individuals who are being locked out of society."
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Brookhaven College at 972-860-4700. This presentation is part of a speaker series to support free speech and the exchange of ideas funded by a Department of Education grant.