Princeton Profiles: Yusuf Dahl, from prison to Princeton

Thursday, Aug 17, 2017
by Danielle Alio & Michael Hotchkiss, Office of Communications

At age 18, Yusuf Dahl wasn’t heading off to college. He was on his way to prison.

Even on the day of his sentencing, though, Dahl was thinking ahead to how he could use his time in prison to prepare for a successful life on the outside. Eventually, he built a career and became involved in addressing the foreclosure crisis in his Milwaukee neighborhood.

Dahl’s experiences spurred him to come to Princeton to learn more about how to have a broader impact. Today, he is a graduate of the Master in Public Affairs Program at the University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. In this video, he discusses his unconventional path to Princeton, how he found success here and his dreams for the future. Learn more about Yusuf Dahl.