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RESOURCE FAIR FOSTERS CONNECTION, OPPORTUNITY

Mt. Tamalpais College resource fair community participants (from left) Kirsten Pickering (MTC), Tommy “Shakur” Ross (Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth), Karter Louis (California Lawyers for the Arts), Christopher Laddish (California Department of Rehabilitation), Alyssa Gomez (Reentry Success Center, Rubicon Programs), Gloribel Pastrana (Rubicon Programs), Jasmine Banuelos (Reentry Success Center, Rubicon Programs), Lakeisha Chew (California Department of Rehabilitation), David Cowan (Bonafide), Emily Harris (Ella Baker Center), Kit Berry (CROP), Jesse Foshay (CROP), Sol Mercado (Planting Justice), Corey McNeil (MTC) and Forrest Jones (Project Rebound, CSU East Bay). Photo courtesy of Mt. Tamalpais College

   Mt. Tamalpais College, which provides higher education to students who are incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, hosted its first resource fair inside San Quentin on June 18.     

   Conceived and planned by student leaders of the Black Studies extracurricular workshop, the resource fair presented an opportunity for MTC students to connect with reentry and higher education professionals in the Bay Area. MTC students were able to visit tables with representatives from 15 organizations and agencies working in higher education, employment, family reunification and more. 

   “At the end of the day, the resounding request from students was to make this a regular event,” said Molly Parent, communications and public information director at Mt. Tamalpais  College. “We look forward to working with student leaders to organize another resource fair in the near future.”

   Established in 1996, Mt. Tamalpais College has provided an associate of arts degree program and college preparatory program, free of charge, to people at San Quentin State Prison. The nonprofit’s mission is to expand access to quality higher education for incarcerated people and to foster the values of equity, civic engagement, independence of thought and freedom of expression.

   For more information or to donate, visit mttamcollege.edu.

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