Craig Waleed, EdD joined Disability Rights North Carolina in May 2022. He serves as project manager for Unlock the Box Campaign Against Solitary Confinement. Craig is an educator, counselor, certified Restorative Practices group facilitator, author, and motivational speaker. He is dedicated to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and disrupting the community-to-prison pipeline. Craig‘s passion led him to work closely with students on several college campuses and participate in several community panels exploring carceral matters. He is devoted to educating and motivating others to challenge and overcome many of life’s impediments in order to live a more rewarding experience. His career journey includes serving as a substance abuse counselor, developing and managing reentry initiatives for post-incarcerated citizens, and teaching mental health counseling and communication courses at The College at Brockport State University of New York, and Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY. Craig completed his doctoral studies in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY. His autobiography, Prison to Promise: A Chronicle of Healing and Transformation was published in August of 2020.
Disability Rights North Carolina is a legal advocacy organization that fights for the rights of people with disabilities in North Carolina.