Orlando Dickson

Orlando Dickson

Orlando Dickson
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
, Department of Social Sciences, Communication & Sport Studies
Office: M227
(716) 880-2333

About Orlando Dickson

Orlando Dickson, J.D., is a father, a Chicago native, and an assistant professor at Medaille College. Professor Dickson experienced homelessness and poverty in his youth but managed to succeed with the help of family, friends, and government programs. To “pay it forward,” Dickson joined the U.S. Army for nine years, serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan. After his service, Dickson attended law school at the University at Buffalo and dedicated himself to public advocacy work, once becoming an Open Buffalo Emerging Leader in 2017. Professor Dickson helped win a landmark case against the Erie County Correctional Facility in 2019.

Professor Dickson is also active in multiple community roles: a community health worker, a senior member of the Buffalo Police Advisory Board, a board director for Housing Opportunities Made Equal, and a group leader for the Breaking Barriers program. Professor Dickson also has years of experience as a civic educator and researcher.

Professor Dickson teaches a wide breadth of Criminal Justice courses and also acts as the professor for the “Perspectives of Social Justice” course.


University At Buffalo Law School, 2019
Brandman University, 2015


Research, Scholarship, Accolades and Published Works
Evicted in Buffalo: The High Cost of Involuntary Mobility, 2020
Poverty in Buffalo: Causes, Impacts, and Solutions, 2018

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