A multigenerational UMass Boston partnership has resulted in a million dollar grant for Span, Inc. in collaboration with students, alumni, and faculty from the Sociology Department at UMass Boston.
Recently Span, Inc. was awarded a highly competitive Offender Reentry Program grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) called the Boston Offender Needs Delivery Program.
The clinical director at Span, Inc. and lead investigator on the project, Sean Harding LICSW, graduated from UMass Boston with a degree in Psychology in 2000. Span, Inc.'s Re-entry Support Specialist, Alyson Deane, interned with Span, Inc. prior to graduating from UMass Boston with a degree in Criminal Justice in 2010. The evaluation portion of the grant is being led by Professor Stephanie Hartwell, whose relationship with Harding goes back to his undergraduate days, when she taught his Criminology class. Professor Hartwell has been a long-time supporter of Span, Inc., a nonprofit whose mission is to integrate ex-offenders into the community post-release. Professor Hartwell's evaluation team includes Applied Sociology MA alumni Taylor Hall (project coordinator), current Sociology PhD student Julianne Siegfriedt (data analyst), and an undergraduate Criminal Justice major, Jennifer Ruiz (program interviewer).
Central to the project is Span, Inc.’s social justice mission and commitment to research and evaluation, which will have an impact on Boston and beyond.