On June 18, Mount Tamalpais College hosted its first (we hope of many!) Resource Fair inside San Quentin. 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 fifteen different organizations and agencies working in higher education, employment, family reunification, to name a few.
At the end of the day, the resounding request from students was to make this a regular event. We look forward to working with student leaders to organize another Resource Fair in the near future.
We extend our thanks to the organizations listed below for your work, participation in the event, and generosity.
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) Forrest Jones (Project Rebound, CSU East Bay) Participating organizations not pictured: Black Men’s Wellness, Code Tenderloin, Community Works West, Just Desserts, and Prison 2 Employment.