On April 6, 2018 over 140 participants gathered at Chabot College for an all day convening to celebrate formerly incarcerated college students and the campus-based programs and community partners that support them.  The event was sponsored by the East Bay Consortium of Support Programs for Formerly Incarcerated College Students (Consortium), an entity that Urban Strategies Council played an important role in organizing.

Programs to support formerly incarcerated students’ retention and completion of Career Technical Certificates (CTEs) and AA degrees have been developed at four of the ten community colleges in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Students led the way in founding Underground Scholars at UC Berkeley several years ago and efforts are underway at Cal State East Bay to launch a similar program.

The Consortium works to:
1) Facilitate networking among formerly incarcerated college students, their on-campus supporters and community partners.
2) Build sustainability for existing programs by researching best practices and sharing developmental lessons learned.
3) Encourage the development of programs at East Bay public post-secondary campuses where they do not yet exist.

To support these objectives, Urban Strategies Council interns, Marsalis Gibson and Justin Rodriguez, prepared a directory of campus-based support programs that was released in time for the convening.  Special thanks goes to the Alameda County Probation Department for recognizing the importance of these programs and underwriting the first printing of the directory. 

To learn more about statewide educational programs that serve the formerly incarcerated, see the reports Degrees of Freedom and Don’t Stop Now.

For more information about the Consortium or to receive a copy of the directory, contact:

Charles Eddy
Justice Reform Coalition Coordinator
Urban Strategies Council
(510) 893-1375