6/27-6/28, CCF Executive Director Participates in the Aspen Ideas Festival

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Presented by the Aspen Institute in partnership with The Atlantic magazine, the Aspen Ideas Festival is the nation’s premier, public gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to present and discuss the ideas and issues that both shape our lives and challenge our times.

Vivian Nixon participated in several break-out sessions on economic opportunities, the state of female incarceration, and so much more.

“I was released from prison in 2001, and from 1997-2001 I was in a prison, stuck without any available opportunity to improve myself, I already had my diploma, so I spent my time tutoring other women. Helping them get at least High School Equivalency level, help with reading and math, and it was at that time that I realized how important education was for me. How much I did want to go back to college and graduate. When I was released from prison, I found College and Community Fellowship. A group of formerly incarcerated women who also wanted to go to college.”

– CCF Executive Director Vivian Nixon explaining her path to CCF and personal journey with a lack of educational access in America’s prisons at the 2016 ‪#‎AspenIdeas‬ Festival.