"I am currently finalizing my graduate studies at University of California, San Diego in biology. My background in the sciences has made me a champion for diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); while my incarceration and education have caused me to advocate for underserved and currently and formally incarcerated people in an effort to address barriers to success."
"I see myself as caring, earnest, loyal and full of life. I want to bring happiness to a person’s day. If I notice someone isn’t happy or feeling well, I want to make him smile. I find joy and passion in team settings; I love to work with others. What got us where we’re at does not need to define us. I love sports and working out."
"The world is a better place when people have hope. Within every person, young or old, rich or poor, is a need for beauty, which makes us human and allows hope to flourish. I create music to touch the heart and soul. I perform my works from concert halls to prisons in order to inspire and awaken hope in everyone."
"Education is my passion. Pursuing my Associate Degree was my way of believing in myself. This gave me something to be proud of for the first time. It feels good to inspire others to do the same, especially for those who feel like there is no hope. I received four Associate Degrees here in prison in 3 ½ years. For the first time ever in my life, I see that I can be someone."
"Born in Northern California, I was raised on a farm and rode in rodeos. I like motorcycles and horseback riding. I am a seeker who believes the purpose of life is to serve humanity with unconditional love. Harvesting hearts reap rewards of immeasurable value. To be allowed to be a visitor of one’s heart is the greatest blessing."
"I am an explorer living for moments when my heart opens in new ways – unknown depths most often found with people in conflict, theirs or our own. Harsh edges and razor blades can have a way of pounding or slicing out humanity. I instinctively fear these places, but am intuitively called back to their teaching grounds. My explorer loves new dimensions of understanding, and my soul is enlivened by the authenticity that is revealed."
"I call myself an 'artivist,' passionately devoted to bringing color and socially conscious messages to the walls of communities, especially marginalized neighborhoods that are in dire need of self-expression. Through muralism, I see myself in service of the People, striving in bringing unity and healing through color, art and meaning."
"I live by these two things...to become better than I was yesterday and to make the best of my todays the worst of my tomorrows. I am passionate about the essence of life. If the world could see through my eyes, we would communicate through dance, and no matter how each of us were dancing, we would understand each other."
"…a lifelong love of athletics, the outdoors and adventure… From the beauty of a sunset over the Pacific to the adrenaline rush of pushing my body beyond limits as an Olympic athlete, to physically recovering from heart-breaking devastation of being quadriplegic and going on to strive for new mountaintops, I’ve ridden big waves of the agony and ecstasy of my human experience."
"My love for astronomy started as a child. Combined with my passion for learning new things, I forged a career that focuses on building new instruments to observe the Universe. I conduct scientific experiments that search for signals from extraterrestrial intelligence. I encourage the science community and the world to join this pursuit, believing that finding other life in the Universe will greatly enrich our lives on Earth."
"Others say that I am a friend if you need a friend, I am someone they can trust and confide in, and that I am a mentor without knowing it. I am thankful for the friends and family who have supported me. Their faith in me is what has helped me to not give up since being incarcerated. I am passionate about education, self-help and reading. I am two classes away from receiving four Associate Degrees."