Bunker Hill Community College

Bunker Hill Community College

Sean Ellis

Sean Ellis

Criminal Justice Activist and Boston Native

Sean K. Ellis spent nearly 22 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. At age 19, Ellis was convicted for the 1993 robbery and murder of a Boston Police detective, based on scant evidence and a witness statement that was later discovered to have been coerced by police officers. His first two trials ended in hung juries; he was convicted at a third trial. Sentenced to life in prison, Sean always proclaimed his innocence. In 2015, a judge ruled “justice was not done,” overturned his convictions, and freed him on bail. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts opted to try him again. Finally, in December 2018, the Suffolk County District Attorney dropped all charges but stopped short of fully exonerating him. In November 2020, Netflix released “Trial 4,” an original, eight-part documentary series about the Sean Ellis case produced by Gaumont and What’s Up Film. Ellis now works full-time as a development associate at the Boston non-profit Community Servings and is a Community Fellow in Tufts University’s Institute for Nonprofit Practice. He speaks frequently about his experiences, including at events sponsored by the New England Innocence Project, for which he is a trustee.

Welcome by Nahomi Carlisle, Associate Vice President and Chief Equity and Compliance Officer  

Remarks by Latasha Sarpy, Professor and Chairperson, Behavioral Science Department

Moderated by Tony Clark, Professor, English Department

Sponsored by the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, in collaboration with the HOPE Initiative

Compelling Conversations Speaker Series events are free and open to the public.


Please Register Now at https://bunkerhillcc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d6kp2eF7ke2iSF0. Registration will close on Wednesday, February 23 at 5PM ET.

Registration will gain you access to BHCC Equity’s Hub. Registration is required in order to participate in the Compelling Conversation.

You will receive a follow-up email from BHCC Equity Hub (check your junk or ‘other’ inboxes) upon registering for the Compelling Conversation, with further directions on how to navigate the Equity Hub. A reminder email will be sent out a day before the conversation to all registered attendees on how to participate in the Sean Ellis’ Compelling Conversation.

Take a look around the Equity Hub to find videos and resources from current and past Compelling Conversations and other culturally responsive teaching and learning materials from BHCC’s offices in the ‘Showcase’ section of the Equity Hub. The upcoming Center for Cultural Wealth and Equity Institute will be hosted on the Equity Hub on June 1- 2nd.