Tyler chose Suffolk for its unique Crime & Justice concentration in the Sociology Department, drawn to the academic, analytical approach to studying crime and its effect on society. Once on campus, he put his classwork and research into action, coordinating the Suffolk chapter of the Prison Book Program, which ships books to inmates nationwide. Now pursuing a master’s degree in sociology, Tyler credits Suffolk’s downtown location and his dedicated faculty mentors for inspiring him to work to improve criminal justice policies in America.
- Sociology Major with Crime & Justice Concentration
- Government Minor
- Alternative Winter Break with Habitat for Humanity in El Salvador
- Project Leader for the Prison Book Program for Suffolk’s Center for Community Engagement
- Graduate student in Applied Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston
- Research and teaching assistant at UMass Boston
How did Suffolk prepare you for your career?
“One of the best things about Suffolk is that its located smack dab in the center of the city. Going to school minutes from the State House, the Suffolk Superior Courthouse, City Hall, and other important locations pays huge dividends. It’s really easy to establish professional contacts in that type of environment--especially when many of the people who work there are Suffolk alums. During my time at Suffolk, I was able to build a strong network of working professionals who have helped and continue to help me in more ways than I can count.”
What was the most important thing you learned at Suffolk?
“Statistics was definitely the most important thing I learned. Nowadays no matter what career path you plan to pursue, knowledge of statistics is a must. At Suffolk, not only did I have the opportunity to learn statistics in the classroom setting but I also had the chance to apply what I learned by working as a research assistant for one of my professors.”
Did you have any faculty mentors who helped you discern your career path?
"Professor Maureen Norton-Hawk played an integral part in helping me discern my career path. It was in Professor Norton-Hawk’s class on Corrections and Punishment that I first discovered my true passion for a career in policymaking. I remember reading one of the books she assigned us for the class (Joel Dyer’s Perpetual Prisoner Machine) and feeling angry—really angry—at the condition of our nation’s criminal justice system. It was thanks to Professor Norton-Hawk’s course that I realized what I wanted to do with the rest of my life: work to change the flawed laws that plague the U.S. criminal justice system."