Rhidale Dotson is the incarcerated leader behind a collection of successful gang-reform programs and personal development initiatives within the Colorado state prison system. Instead of forcing participants to renounce their past and present identities and start over from scratch, Rhidale’s approach to change management recognizes an individual’s humanity and harnesses his or her existing skills and passions to manifest personal growth, with the ultimate goal of preparing participants for successful lifestyles and careers in the “outside” world.

Rhidale’s extensive projects and collaborations have been profiled in Westword, and you can read about their origins in his own words here. This site serves as a public-facing repository for his work. 

Rhidale Dotson (center), Defy Ventures Graduation Event, August 2018