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Folk of ‘Noke: James Suleyman

Written by Juniper Rogers

James Suleyman (He/Him) is a senior from Greenville, SC who is double-majoring in Sociology and Criminal Justice and double-minoring in Spanish and Psychology. You’ll see James all around campus giving his time and energy to a wide selection of marvelous organizations. He is the Vice-President of Service of APO, the Vice-President of the Public Affairs Society, the Vice-President of Earthbound, a wellness peer educator, a research assistant for Dr. Ball in the Criminal Justice Department, and an intern with the Bridge Institute. “It is important to recognize that resting and having fun with friends is also productive. It’s a full life!”

James is all about having a healthy mix of dedication and finesse, so I asked him to describe his go-to boy dinner. He said, “My go-to boy dinner is three bowls of Honey Bunches of Oats, sometimes with a banana added in for special effect.” What a thrilling meal!

“I wanted to be a police officer when I first came to college. When I learned more about the criminal justice system, I realized how unjust it really was,” James says on the evolution of his career goals, “And I decided I wanted to work to prevent people from getting involved in the criminal justice system. Now I want to work in restorative justice, which encourages people to restore relationships and repair harm instead of punishing people who cause harm. It is a fairer model that promotes accountability and healing.”

James wanted to thank all of his friends, his mom (his rock), Dr. Ball, Dr. Richardson, Mr. Smart (his internship supervisor), and everyone in APO. He appreciates this group of people for constantly supporting him and accepting him for who he is. “Thank you so much!”