Hometown: Bridgeport, Conn.
Major: Legal Studies
MINOR: Correction, Probation and Parole
WCSU Degree: Bachelor of Science, Justice and Law Administration
Internships: Internships at State Police Troop G and the State of CT Judicial Branch (CSSD/ Office of Adult Probation).
Activities: Criminal Justice Honor Society
Honors and Awards: Award for academic achievement in May 2009 at HCC, Dean's List, T. Clark Hull/Danbury Bar Association Book Award recipient
Roosevelt Jean started to pursue a career in education in his native Haiti, but when he immigrated to the U.S. in 2005, he changed more than his geographical location. "I decided to change fields when I came to the U.S.," he explains of his switch to criminal justice. Jean spent two years at Housatonic Community College, where he obtained an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice in 2009.
After graduation, he found work as a technician in a chemical plant, but was laid off due to outsourcing. It turned out to be a good thing because it paved the way for his next career move: The pursuit of a bachelor's degree at WCSU.
Jean says the choice to enroll at Western was easy. "I made my decision after a tour of the campus, and looking at information about graduation rates, staff, etc."
Jean says he was greatly influenced by his adviser, Professor of Justice and Law Administration Dr. Charles Mullaney. "As my adviser and professor for two semesters, Dr. Mullaney guided me in many ways in order to succeed. His devotion and passion to teach constitutional law and human rights remains outstanding: from day one he set the tone and inspired students in the classroom."
Asked what he will remember most about his WCSU experience, Jean says, "As a commuter student, every single day was memorable because a lot can happen besides going to class and doing assignments.”
After graduation, Jean says, "I would like to have a job in the legal or paralegal field before focusing on grad school."
Jean’s advice to new students entering WCSU is: “Get busy the first day of class and stay focused until graduation.”