From prison cells to Ph.D.: It is never too late to do good
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Detroit, MI 48202
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The Wayne State School of Social Work Center for Behavioral Health Justice, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine Department of Physiology are excited to welcome Howard University College of Medicine Assistant Professor Stanley Andrisse, PhD for an interactive discussion and Q&A.
Growing up in Ferguson, Missouri, Andrisse began making poor decisions at a very young age. He started selling dope and was arrested for the first time at fourteen years old. By his early twenties, dope dealing had exponentially multiplied, and he found himself sitting in front of a judge facing twenty years to life on drug trafficking charges. The judge sentenced him to ten years in a maximum-security prison. Prison was an experience like none other he’d ever encountered. While challenged with a strong desire for self-renewal, he faced an environment that was not conducive for transformative change. From poor institutional structure and policies to individual institutionalized thinking and behaviors, he battled on a daily basis to retain and maintain his humanity. Upon release, and after several rejections, Stanley was accepted into a PhD program. He completed his PhD/MBA simultaneously and became an endocrinologist and impactful leader in diabetes research.
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