Meet Julio Medina, Union’s Newest Fellow

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Contact: Joey Longley, jlongley@uts.columbia.edu, 419-953-5495

NEW YORK, NY— Julio Medina, founder and executive director of the Exodus Transitional Community, joined Union Theological Seminary as a Union Fellow for the Reentry and Reintegration of Returning Citizens. Exodus Transitional Community provides reentry and employment services to over 2,500 people annually.

“As a theological institution, we believe that all people have dignity,” said Union Theological Seminary president Serene Jones. “It is our duty to not just let this idea be a theological concept, but to apply it by affirming the dignity of citizens returning from incarceration. That’s why we are so honored to have Julio Medina join us as a Union Fellow. He will enhance the work we are doing on this issue with his passion and expertise.”

Medina is completing a Doctor of Ministry degree from New York Theological Seminary and has previously served as a guest preacher at Union Theological Seminary, the T.D. Jakes National Conference, and other venues. Medina serves on Gov. Cuomo’s Council on Community Re-entry and Reintegration and was a member of Mayor De Blasio’s transition team for public safety. Medina also served on President Obama’s State of the Union Address Council, presenting on Re-entry challenges and successes.

“Julio Medina has been one of the great champions of re-entry work for decades,” said Union Theological Seminary executive vice president Fred Davie, who previously served as President and CEO of Public Private Ventures, a non-profit that worked to reduce rates of incarceration and recidivism. “I look forward to working with him and members of our faculty, staff, and student body to make real progress on criminal justice reform.”