Jodi Anderson sits down with Dirk van Velzen of the Prison Scholar Fund to discuss his journey from a maximum security prison to Cornell University to earning a full scholarship at Stanford University. Now in his senior year, Jodi unpacks how his departed Grandfather’s early lessons and discipline prepared him to pursue opportunity and purpose beyond his present circumstances and navigate the radically different environments he would ultimately inhabit. Join Dirk and Jodi as they delve into the the intersection of incarceration and stifled social mobility, early recruitment into the underground economy, the necessity of working twice as hard, and the self-fashioning power of education.

Feel free to connect with Dirk van Velzen, dirk@prisonscholars.org