jsole01@hamline.edu
Jason Sole lrg

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Jason Sole
jsole01@hamline.edu

Jason Sole

Undergraduate Adjunct - CLA

Contact Info

Jason Sole
jsole01@hamline.edu

Biography

Jason Sole has been a criminal justice educator for eight years and will become a Visiting Professor at Hamline University in the Fall. He is a national keynote speaker and trainer. Alongside his career, he is the president of the Minneapolis NAACP and is creating liberation programs for people of color. In addition, Sole was a 2013 Bush Fellow who focused on reducing the recidivism rate among juveniles throughout the state of Minnesota. He is currently traveling the country discussing his memoir, From Prison to Ph.D.: A Memoir of Hope, Resilience, and Second Chances.

Teaching Style

Teaching allows me to fulfill the fundamental responsibility of criminologists: to effectively communicate accurate information about crime and criminality so students can be citizens who can make informed assessments regarding root causes of criminality and identify viable solutions to reduce crime (even when committed by authority figures). There are basic criminal justice principles that should be understood by college-educated students about race, social class, and the construction of difference. Of course, it’s true that students need to understand how the criminal justice system works, but it’s even more important that students understand how socialization processes influence their perceptions of crime and justice in America today.

 

 "I offer opportunities for students to critically engage in communities of color, with women in city council, with religious institutions that are taking on criminal justice issues, and even with activist groups who challenge the status quo. My greatest asset as an instructor is the connections I can make for them to fulfill their dreams. I never try to make students think how I think but opening their mind to diverse perspectives allows them to walk in someone else’s shoes. This will allow students to take more empathetic and empowering decisions while on duty."