You are invited to celebrate the creative leadership skills and promise of the 2018 Napier Fellows
Banquet and Awards Ceremony
Tickets are $30 each. Limited Seating Available.
R.S.V.P. by March 15
Romarilyn Ralston is a Pitzer College 2014 alumna, feminist and advocate of women’s rights, prison abolition, and education equity. Currently the Program Coordinator for Project Rebound at Cal State University, Fullerton, her work with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students is a continuation of the social justice and leadership commitment demonstrated by her as a Napier Fellow. In earlier years, Romarilyn was incarcerated, and later was a graduate of the Crossroads community in Claremont.
While a student at Pitzer College, in addition to her Napier Fellowship, Romarilyn received a Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs and admission to Washington University in St. Louis, where she earned a Master’s in Liberal Arts. Although Romarilyn did not receive the Napier Award for her senior project “Good Start,” she and Hugh Wire, her Napier mentor, believed strongly in its mission. With Hugh’s assistance, Romarilyn raised funds through the support of the United Methodist Women of Claremont United Methodist Church, and received a PNME Ecumenical Mission Scholarship Grant to implement her project in North County St. Louis working under the YWCA Head Start/Early Head Start Program. Committed to reducing harm from lack of access to early childhood education and the collateral consequences of poverty, Romarilyn remained flexible and committed to bringing “Good Start” to fruition despite the financial challenges.
Since 2014, Romarilyn’s social justice and peace advocacy work includes volunteering with the Ferguson Commission in St. Louis, the Black Lives Matter movement, and organizing with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners. She is also a Just Leadership USA Fellow 2017 and currently a Women’s Policy Institute Fellow 2018, working on criminal justice reforms in California. Romarilyn believes a direct route to reducing mass incarceration is through early childhood education, disrupting the school to prison pipeline, and access to higher education for justice involved individuals.
For more information and to RSVP contact Jennifer Tomes at jtomes@PilgrimPlace.org