Through roundtable discussions and special events such as symposia, academic conferences, film screenings, and book discussions, Mount Tamalpais College is invested in building community outside the classroom.
San Quentin's First Academic Conference
Corrections, Rehabilitation, and Reform—21st Century Solutions for 20th Century Problems allowed those most impacted by America's carceral system to contribute to the conversations that shape their own lives and futures.
Juan Espinosa, Peer Tutor at San Quentin State Prison
Every semester, students apply to volunteer as student teaching assistants in composition and math courses, to work with faculty and to support students. Mount Tamalpais College students show deep investment in each other and in the college community as a whole, participating as teaching assistants, peer mentors, peer tutors, and giving feedback to staff to improve the schooling experience.
As James King, an alumnus of Mt. Tam and former Program Clerk inside, points out, incarcerated people are at the core of programs inside prison, a principle Mount Tamalpais College carries as one of its values: "We serve as peer educators for fellow incarcerated people at San Quentin seeking their GEDs or learning English as a second language. We are instrumental parts of each rehabilitative or educational program that operates within these walls. We are also leaders in sports, artistic programs, and the media center.”