Cheryl Wilkins is Senior Program Manager at Columbia University’s Center for Justice, where her work is consistent with overcoming the damage that mass incarceration has left on families and communities. At the School of Social Work, she presents on reentry, as well as the ways in which families and communities are affected by mass incarceration.
Ms. Wilkins has served as an academic counselor for the College Program inside Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, and as Associate Director for the College Initiative, a reentry program that assists men and women when they pursue higher education upon release. She also coordinates the Healing Community Network Program, which offers support groups inside prison and in the community.
Ms. Wilkins has co-developed training programs for high school guidance counselors, public school principals, and practitioners on strategies for working with youth and families affected by mass incarceration. She is the author of Changing Minds: the Impact that College Has on Women in a Maximum Security Prison and Women on the Road to Health, a study that considers intervention strategies for women who are at high risk of contracting HIV/AIDS.
Ms. Wilkins holds a graduate degree in Urban Affairs, and sits on the board of College and Community Fellowship. She is the recipient of the Brian Fischer, Davis Putter scholarship, and the Citizens against Recidivism Award.