San Francisco, CA
While earning a PhD in Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, she became a professor at San Quentin State Prison as part of the Prison University Project. The challenge of forming deep and lasting connections with students interested her more than architecture and she decided to turn toward social work instead of academia.
Mia now teaches restorative justice at San Francisco County Jail, helping students plan for successful reentry through restorative activities including conflict resolution and reconciliation. She is also the Deputy Director for No More Tears, a violence- and crime-prevention program at San Quentin State Prison. No More Tears participants discuss the issues underlying violent behavior, practice deescalation tactics, and work to develop a vision of how we want to live together in our communities. Mia is currently studying for a Masters in Social Work at Smith College.