Romarilyn Ralston, M.L.A.
Education is the best practice to reduce crime! Incarcerated at 24, I knew that if things were to be different in my life, I needed to do things differently. For me, that was education. I earned a Bachelor’s degree with honors from Pitzer College in Gender and Feminist Studies in 2014, a Master’s degree in Liberal Arts from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016, and was selected to be a 2014-2015 CORO Public Affairs Fellow. While attending Washington University, I was awarded the Mary McLeod Bethune 2016 Leadership Award, given to a graduate student who “through leadership, service, scholastic achievement, and perseverance has served as an inspiration to the University community.” I was an invited panelist on Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Access to Higher Education Challenge Event at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 2016, a Presidential Panelist at the 2018 National Women's Studies Association Conference, and have been an invited speaker at UCLA, the University of Washington, and Yale University. I was a 2017 Leadership Fellow with the JustLeadershipUSA Leading with Conviction program in New York City, a 2018 Fellow of the Women's Policy Institute , and am the recipient of the 2018 Civil Rights and Advocacy Award from the Orange County Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.
- Romarilyn Ralston CV
- "Project Rebound Coordinator Uses Education to Help Formerly Incarcerated Students," The Daily Titan, December 4, 2017.
- "Silenced by the Pain of a Tumultuous Life," Ms. Magazine Blog, October 29, 2015.