Alumna Turns Her Life Around and Receives Recognition for Her Accomplishments

Janie Ocejo standing in office wearing purple shirt
Janie Ocejo. Photo by Amber Arnold, State Journal

An accomplished social worker for many years, alumna Janie Ocejo’s, BA ’97 depression and loss of her father led to a downward spiral which resulted in a felony conviction in 2007. Following two years in the criminal justice system she initially found it difficult to find employment. However, Just Dane, which works with persons reentering the community following incarceration, offered her reentry services. (The school has held Just Dane’s Reentry Simulation for students, faculty, and staff in the past.) After successfully completing the program, Janie accepted an offer of employment as a peer support coordinator and bilingual resource specialist with the agency.

Recently, recognizing her personal and professional accomplishments, Janie is receiving a Transformation Award from MOSES (Madison Organizing for Strength, Equity and Solidarity for Criminal Justice Reform.)

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