Awards

Equal Justice Award – Council on Crime and Justice                                                             2015

Teaching Service Award – Metropolitan State University                                                       2014

Bush Fellowship – Bush Foundation                                                                              2013-2015

Robert C. Ford Scholarship                                                                                                      2009

Certificate of Appreciation-Pastor and Mentor Appreciation Day                                       2008

Robert C. Ford Scholarship                                                                                           2007-2008

Student Leader of the Year-Metropolitan State University                                        2006-2007

Completion of Careership Apprenticeship- Local Initiatives Support Corporation            2006

Student Leader of the Year-Metropolitan State University                                       2005-2006

Certificate of Recognition- Saint Paul Public Schools                                               2005-2006

Certificate of Completion- Emergency Response Course- RS Eden                                  2005

James Horris, Jr. Scholarship                                                                                                 2005

Certificate of Completion-Project Shine-Metropolitan State University                            2005

Reginald & Francis Coakley Ames Scholarship                                                         2004-2000

Certificate of Recognition- Saint Paul Public Schools                                              2004-2005

Presentations

2016

Commencement Speaker – Education is the Passport! (MCF-Saint Cloud)

Panelist – MLK Special Edition on Criminal Justice Disparities (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Presenter – Minnesota City/County Management Association Annual Conference (St. Cloud)

Presenter – Black Lives Matter movement in Minneapolis! (South Central College, Faribault)

Presenter –Juvenile Records Increase Likelihood of Adult Record (Gun Offender Program (Minneapolis, MN)

Presenter – Black History and the Black Lives Matter Movement (Longfellow H.S., Minneapolis, MN)

Panelist – Minnesota Research Interest Group discussion on Mass Incarceration (University of Minnesota)

Panelist – The Black Lives Matter Movement and Criminal Justice Concerns (Mahtomedi H.S., Mahtomedi, MN)

Panelist – Restore the Vote and its Impact on Public Safety (Saint Thomas University, School of Law, Minneapolis, MN)

Lecturer – Criminal Justice Reform Efforts of Minnesota in Comparison to National Trends (Hamline University, School of Business Graduate Course, St. Paul, MN)

Motivational Speaker – If you can Understand Your Story, You can Understand Your Worth (Ramsey County Workforce Solutions Orientation, St. Paul, MN)

Lecturer – The Demands of the Black Lives Matter Movement in Relation to Equity (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN)

Keynote Speaker – The Ability to Rise Up in the Face of Adversity: Black Lives Matter! (Minnesota State University-Mankato, MN)

Lecturer – The Grand Jury Rarely Indicts in Officer-Involved Shootings but Why? (Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul, MN)

Motivational Speaker – Strive for Excellence. There’s No Reason to Play Small! (Salvation Army Beacon Program, Minneapolis, MN)

Keynote Speaker – Night of Distinction to Recognize Black Lawyers (St. Thomas University, Minneapolis, MN)

Trainer – The Council for Boys and Young Men Facilitation Training (Mescalero, New Mexico)

Author Presentation – Discussed my book, From Prison to Ph.D.: A Memoir of Hope, Resilience, and Second Chances (Roswell Public Library, Roswell New Mexico)

Workshop Presenter – Reimagining Justice (Summit on Race and Equity, Northeastern University Boston, Massachusetts)

Panelist – Reimagining Justice (Government Alliance on Race and Equity, University of Illinois-Chicago, IL)

Trainer – The Council for Boys and Young Men Facilitation Training (Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN)

Trainer – The Council for Boys and Young Men Facilitation Training (Starrs Prep Academy, Albion, Michigan)

Radio Interview – The GOP Block Legislation to Maintain Slave-Like Conditions (WCCO)

Radio Interview – Critical Analysis of the Jamar Clark Case (Minnesota Public Radio)

Television Interview – How Restoring the Vote is Fair and Just (Kare 11 News)

Panelist – Effective Ways to Increase Police-Community Relations (League of Minnesota Cities Conference, Saint Paul, Minnesota)

2015

Speaker – REEL Talk: Cyntoia’s Story at Penumbra Theatre (Saint Paul, MN)

Moderator – From Watts to Baltimore – Metropolitan State University (Brooklyn Park, MN)

Keynote Speaker – Disproportionate Minority Contact Conference (Sioux Falls, SD)

Presenter – Washington Technology Magnet School (Saint Paul, MN)

Interview- Congressman Keith Ellison’s Podcast (Washington, DC)

Trainer – The Council Training for Ami Kids (Tampa, Florida)

Presenter – Ramsey County Pathways Orientation (Saint Paul, MN)

Moderator – Transgender Community and Criminal Justice (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Guest Speaker – College Access Event at Neighborhood House (Saint Paul, Minnesota)

Guest Speaker – Violence in Our Community Event at Emerge (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Trainer – Cultural Competency Training (State College, Pennsylvania)

Panelist – Lessons Learned from Ferguson Event (Landmark Center, St. Paul, MN)

Guest Speaker – Lessons Learned from Ferguson (Maplewood City Hall, Maplewood, Minnesota)

Motivational Speaker – A Felony Creates Collateral Consequences that Mimic Jim Crow Era (Goodwill Easter Seals, Saint Paul, Minnesota)

Presenter – Real Talk Live with Nekima Levy-Pounds (Saint Louis Park, Minnesota)

Workshop Facilitator – Volunteers of America (Roseville, Minnesota)

Presentation- Gun Offender Program (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Presenter – Second Chance Day on the Hill Press Conference (Saint Paul, Minnesota)

2014

Keynote Speaker – Minnesota Symposium on Terrorism and Emergency Preparedness

Book Reading and Signing – Irondale High School (Moundsview, MN)

Keynote Speaker – 2014 Midwest Mentoring Forum (Richfield, MN)

Keynote Speaker – Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission Youth Awards (Harrisburg, PA)

Honored Guest Speaker – Amicus Donor Appreciation Event (Saint Paul, MN)

Presenter – Transcending Felonies through Education- South Central College (Faribault, MN)

Sponsor/Presenter – 2014 Statewide Restorative Justice Conference (Saint Paul, MN)

Guest Speaker – Minneapolis Gun Offender Program for Youth (Minneapolis, MN)

Panelist – Community Listening Session with Chief Harteau (Minneapolis, MN)

Presenter – Fostering Relationships with Parents – Four Seasons Public School (St. Paul, MN)

Presenter – Finding Resilience in Urban Communities – Boys & Girls Club (Dubuque, IA)

Trainer – Midwest Gang Investigator’s Training (Dubuque, IA)

Presenter – From Prison to Ph.D. – Ramsey County Project Pathways (St. Paul, MN)

Guest Speaker and Moderator – “15 to Life: Kenneth Young Story” – Pillsbury Communities

Presenter – Developing Resiliency in “At-Risk” Youth – Lutheran Social Services

Panelist – Letters to an Incarcerated Brother – Givens Foundation (St. Paul, MN)

Panelist – Mothers of Bedford – National Freedom School Training (Knoxville, TN)

Presenter – Developing Resiliency in “At-Risk” Youth (Knoxville, TN)

Presenter – From Prison to Ph.D. – East Side Neighborhood Services, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN)

Presenter – From Prison to Ph.D. – Integrated Arts Academy (Chaska, MN)

Sponsor – Family Night for Soon-to-be-Released Offenders (MCF-Red Wing)

Presenter – From Prison to Ph.D. –Restoration Counseling and Community Services

Gang Consultation – Armstrong High School (Robbinsdale, MN)

Presenter – Midwest Gang Investigator’s Association Conference (Bloomington, MN)

Presenter- Research on Incarceration and Families – MACMH Conference (Duluth, MN)

Trainer – Utilizing a Strength-based Approach – Headway Emotional Health Services

Presenter – The Similarities between Slavery and Prison- Metropolitan State University

Guest Lecturer – From Prison to Ph.D. – Towson University (Towson, MD)

Trainer – Juvenile Aftercare: Successful Reintegration to the Community (Mechanicsburg, PA)

Presenter – Staying Free after Detention – Crime Victim’s Rally (Harrisburg, PA)

Presenter – From Prison to Ph.D. – Sheriff’s Community Impact Program (Sacramento, CA)

Presenter – Youth Empowerment Day – Metropolitan State University

Presenter – From Prison to Ph.D. – New Castle Juvenile Detention Center (New Castle, DE)

Keynote Speaker – TRIO Leadership Day – Metropolitan State University

Presenter – The Relationship between Black History and Criminal Justice – Boys Totem Town

Presenter – From Prison to Ph.D. – University of Minnesota

Presenter – Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) – St. Paul Cadet Academy

Emcee – Second Chance Day on the Hill – Minnesota Second Chance Coalition

Guest Lecturer – From Prison to Ph.D. – St. Kate’s University (St. Paul, MN)

2013

Presenter – Lessons from the Field – University of Minnesota Conference

Presenter – Midwest Gang Investigator Association Conference (Springfield, MO)

Guest Lecturer – From Prison to Ph.D. –Pioneer Pacific College (Wilsonville, OR)

Keynote Speaker- Annual Drug Conference – Sam Houston State University

Trainer – Finding Resilience in Adversity –Youth Intervention Programs Association

Presenter – From Prison to Ph.D. – Children’s Defense Fund Ella Baker Training

Presenter – From Prison to Ph.D. – Office of Justice Program Crime & Victimization Conference

Presenter – From Prison to Ph.D. – Hastings Police Department

Motivational Speaker – School Safety Day – Hastings High School

Keynote Speaker – Annual Gang Conference – Sam Houston State University

Presenter – Effective Leadership for High School Students – Chaska Police Department

Presenter – The Power of Change – Carver County Sheriff’s Department

Presenter – The Relationship between Black History and Criminal Justice – Boys Totem Town

Guest Speaker – Education Awards Ceremony – Minnesota Correctional Facility Rush City

Guest Lecturer – From Prison to Ph.D.–University of St. Thomas (Anatomy of Violence)

Guest Lecturer – From Prison to Ph.D. –Metropolitan State University (Intro to Social Science)

2012

Presenter – The Importance of Sacrifice – Moundsview Public Schools

Trainer – Innovative Solutions to End Gang Violence – Woodland Hills Academy

Trainer – Juvenile Justice in Minnesota – Argosy University

Trainer – Developing Resiliency in At-Risk Youth- Model Cities

Presenter – Prison to Ph.D. – Minnesota Corrections Association 

Keynote Speaker – Prison to Ph.D. – Midwest Gang Investigators Association

Presenter – From Prison to Ph.D. – House of Charity

Keynote Speaker – Annual Gang Conference – Sam Houston State University

Presenter – Black Men Healing Conference – Metropolitan State University

Trainer-Gangs of the 21st Century – Pennsylvania State University, State College

Panelist – The Educational Crisis Facing Men of Color: Minnesota State University, Mankato

Presenter- From Prison to Ph.D. – Stillwater Correctional Facility: Crisis Intervention Training

Keynote Speaker-Resiliency through Adversity-Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Presenter-From Delinquency to Doctorate- Stillwater Correctional Facility

Panelist- Navigating the Road from Prisoner to Community: National Association of Social Worker’s Conference

Presenter – Prison to Ph.D. – Woodland Hills Academy

2011

Presenter – From Prison to PhD-Metropolitan State University: Baobab Conference

Keynote Speaker – Minnesota Council of Childcare Agencies Conference

Keynote Speaker – East Side Pride Event

Panelist-The Case of Cyntoia Brown: Community Cinema

Panelist- Navigating the Road from Prisoner to Community: National Association of Social Worker’s Conference

2010

War on Drugs-Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Conference

Trajectory of Gangs in the 21st Century-Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Conference

Impact of Sentencing Guidelines-Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Conference

The Evolution of Gangs in the 21st Century-Shippensburg University

Minority Overrepresentation in the Criminal Justice System-Maxfield Elementary School

The Trajectory of Hybrid Gangs-Rasmussen College

Resilience after Release-Dakota County Jail Programs

From Gangsta to Graduate-Doorway to Your Dreams: Sun Ray Library

2009

Beyond Gang Life: Strategies to Prevent and Escape- Kwanzaa Community Church            

From Gangsta to Graduate- Youth Worker’s Conference                                                       

Minnesota Rehabilitation Association Conference:  Justice Policy Forum

Panelist- Minnesota Justice Forum- Council on Crime and Justice                                                                                           

Boys Council: Utilizing a Strengths-based Approach- MPN Conference                                

Prison Industrial Complex- Macalester College                                                                      

From Prisoner to Professor-Rasmussen College                                                                     

2008

National Public Radio- Insider’s Look at Succeeding on the Outside (March 4, 2008)

National Public Radio-Adjusting to Life after Prison (April 8, 2008)                               

From Gangsta to Graduate-MPN Conference                                                                           

From Gangsta to Graduate-MCA Conference                                                                         

School to Prison Pipeline-Panelist-Children’s Defense Fund                                                  

From Gangsta to Graduate-Lieutenant’s Conference                                       

Internalized Oppression- Peace, Power & Unity Conference                                         

2007

Internalized Oppression- Peace, Power & Unity Conference        

            

Publications

  • Setheraju, R., Sole, J., Oliver, B., & Prew, P. (2017). Perceptions of Police Misconduct Among University Students: Do Race and Academic Major Matter? Race and Justice Journal. doi: 10.1177/2153368716689709
  • Setheraju, R., Sole, J., & Oliver, B. (2016). Understanding Death Penalty Support and Opposition Among Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Students. Sage Open 6(1). doi: 10.1177/2158244015624952