While incarceration is a clear and significant obstacle in Rhidale’s path, he strives to work toward several projects that can situate him as a critical thinker within leadership and professional development. His current project goals for 2022 include:
- A Theory of Change: Campaigns to Change Things
- Freedom4Rhidale: Freedom Campaign
- Restoring Promise Initiative: Establish Change Maker Village at AVCF
- Career: Market no less than 3 products as an Author and Cosultant
Furthermore, Rhidale is making strides in educating the public through guest speaking opportunities. Since he is currently incarcerated, these events are limited, but his work was exemplified during the public event outlined below:
“Good Trouble: A Discussion of Racial Inequality in the Criminal Justice System,” featuring opening comments from Attorney General Phil Weiser and panelists Colorado Department of Corrections Executive Director Dean Williams, University of Denver’s Apryl Alexander, Civil Rights Attorney Tyrone Glover, and Currently Incarcerated Advocate, Rhidale Dotson on September 24th, 2020
Defy Colorado’s “Good Trouble” series discusses the criminal justice system and potential areas of reform from various perspectives ranging from government officials, academics, and inmates.
“The systemic racism in our criminal justice system is keeping it moving in a predictable direction. A direction that will keep the 2.2 million people in prison stuck in a cycle of disenfranchisement, continue to disproportionately impact people of color, and exponentially expand these inequities in the future.” Alongside powerful voices in government, law, and academics, Rhidale Dotson will represent the interests of incarcerated individuals through his experiences as a leader within the prison system to supplement the other panelists’ voices and produce a discourse of change.