Dir. of Community Engagement
Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice

Bianca Van Heydoorn is the Director of Community Engagement and Research Application for the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice. In her role, she provides leadership, strategic planning, and visioning for community engagement across multiple research projects. Bianca’s work focuses on challenges facing vulnerable populations including former foster youth, returning citizens, and student-parents. Prior to joining the Hope Center, Bianca served as the Director of Educational Initiatives at the Prisoner Reentry Institute at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where she oversaw a continuum of educational services for incarcerated and community-based college students impacted by the criminal justice system. Bianca is a first-generation college student who holds an MA in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a BA in Correctional Sociology from the CUNY Baccalaureate Program for Interdisciplinary Studies. She currently sits on the board of the national Alliance for Higher Education in Prison.

Bianca’s hope: We will work together to create justice, equity, and college access for all.

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