Emily Szymanski, MLIS

Research Assistant
Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Emily has more than ten years of experience working as a Reference and Instruction Librarian at community college libraries. Her most recent experience is with a non-profit in Cleveland where she worked with the reentry population, specifically persons under supervision of parole and probation; providing support, training, and acting as an advocate for criminal justice-involved clients as they reenter society. Emily has a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Central Michigan University, a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University, and is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice at Bowling Green State University.

Why is your work at the Begun Center important to you, to our community, and to the world? It's an opportunity to work collaboratively with local agencies and provide the research and data support that will drive policy change at the local, state, and federal levels. Many at-risk and vulnerable populations that are traditionally under-served will benefit from the research done here.

What is a cause about which you are particularly passionate? Criminal justice reform, specifically reducing mass incarceration and recidivism.