Whitney Hollins

Substitute Lecturer

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Whitney Hollins is an advocate for children who have a parent involved in the justice system. As the daughter of a formerly incarcerated parent, her direct experience has led her to explore the ways these children navigate and negotiate with the unique set of circumstances that incarceration presents. As a researcher and educator, she believes that teachers play a vital role in supporting children with a justice-involved parent.

Hollins currently works as a research assistant at We Got Us Now, an elementary school special education teacher and an adjunct instructor at various CUNY colleges, where she instructs graduate-level students who plan to work with children. She is also a member of the Justice Across Generations Speakers Bureau through The Osborne Association.

She holds a PhD in Urban Education from the CUNY Graduate Center. Her dissertation focused on children who have justice-involved parents with an emphasis on lived experience as expertise.

Recent News

Supporting Children of Incarcerated Parents in Schools

November 23, 2021


Dr. Whitney Hollins, adjunct lecturer in the CUNY SPS Youth Studies program, has published a book "Supporting Children of Incarcerated Parents in Schools". Hollins has also co-authored a K-12 curriculum for directly impacted youth in schools.