Dr. Christopher Beasley is a co-founder of the Formerly Incarcerated College Graduates Network (FICGN) and a Civil Survival board member. His work as a University of Washington Tacoma (UWT) professor was recently featured in the Tacoma Ledger. The article highlights Dr. Beasley’s interest in psychology as a way to understand himself as well as helping others.
Dr. Beasley explained that his father was affected with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. This led to an interest in understanding mental illness and ways that people can be helped. His studies also led to a deeper understanding of his own addiction issues. After recovery he pursued a path that led to helping formerly incarcerated individuals as well as those struggling with addiction. His current projects at UWT include starting a research lab to study the transitions from prison to college called the Post-Prison Education Research Lab. Dr. Beasley also leads the development of The Husky Post-Prison Pipeline, which supports formerly incarcerated students who want to attend UWT. He also co-founded a nonprofit national network called the Formerly Incarcerated College Graduates Network, which includes nearly 1000 people nationally.
Dr. Beasley expressed his appreciation for the students at UWT, stating: “[t]hey want to make change, get more involved in the community and they actually want to do something to make not only the campus, but the world a better place.” Civil Survival supports Dr. Beasley’s tireless commitment to improving the lives of the formerly incarcerated as well as helping people break through cycles of addiction. Read the full Tacoma Ledger article.