Lara is a third year student at Cal studying the Health Impacts of Childhood Trauma on Low-income Communities with a focus on Holistic Treatment.
For over seven years, Lara has mentored youth across the nation, receiving the honorary Humanitarian Award from UCSD School of Preuss and the Leadership Award from UC Berkeley. She also created a holistic health and wellness website called Thoughts of a Lotus and writes informative articles on self-care, healing from trauma and affordable, accessible holistic healing methods.
She is currently working with USI by conducting transcript analysis and providing information on re-entry services for currently incarcerated folks, as well as assisting with internal administration.
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Robert is a first-generation college student who was born and raised in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. When Robert was in ninth grade his father died of cancer, resulting in him dropping out of high school and leaving home. Shortly after his father’s death, Robert moved to Watsonville California where he struggled to find long term employment and as a direct result began getting in trouble with the law. In jail he witnessed racial segregation and racism first hand, and from this experience learned about the lack of social justice in California jails and prisons.
Once Robert was released from jail he started working with formerly incarcerated students in the Learning Communities at Cabrillo College where he performed extensive work volunteering as a Student Support Facilitator for the Academy for College Excellence (ACE). His project with BUS involves visiting community colleges, doing class presentations, and student recruitment at Cabrillo College, Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Contra Costa College.
Anthony is a third-year transfer student studying Sociology and Public Policy. He has a passion for social justice, education, and community organizing. Anthony is an organizer addressing anti-displacement policy in the Bay Area. As a boxing coach, tutor and mentor, Anthony empowers the youth in his community to become leaders. To further his passion of working with the community, his future goals are to obtain a JD in Public Policy and Law focusing on Latinos and the carceral state.
Clarence Ford transferred to UC Berkeley in 2014 from Contra Costa Community College. As an undergrad at Cal he majored in American Studies with a concentration in Ethnicity, Law, and Public Policy. He joined the Underground Scholars shortly after arriving and was appointed as one of the two leads for policy/advocacy. In 2017 they successfully advocated that the University of California system's Human Resource Department implement a fairness-in-hiring policy across all UC's, which postpones conviction inquiry until later on in the hiring process. This mitigates employment discrimination against those who may have made mistakes in the past that resulted in conviction. Clarence is now a first year Master’s Candidate at the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy, where he focuses in criminal justice policy.
Transfer coordinators aid prospective UC students through the transfer admissions process by doing transcript analysis, counseling, and developing a personal statement.
Michael is a formerly incarcerated transfer student from Citrus College pursuing a major in Sociology with a minor in Public Policy. He will soon be working towards earning a joint degree in Public Policy and Law. He is striving towards being able to be part of the movement in securing major policy changes that will remove institutional barriers for the currently and formerly incarcerated population to attain a higher quality of life.
Clint Terrell is the first in his family to pursue a college degree. After a total of eight years incarcerated beginning at the age of fourteen and ending at twenty-six, Clint transferred from Cabrillo College to UC Berkeley as an English Major. Since he has been at UC Berkeley, Clint has pursued research in 19th, 20th , and 21st century literature and poetry with an emphasis in contemporary American prison literature. Clint has worked as a research assistant for Professor Genaro Padilla, distinguished professor in the English department at UC Berkeley, who teaches a course on literatures of confinement. He has spoken on several panels about solitary confinement, including panels at UC Berkeley’s and Stanford’s Schools of Law, and has presented his research at the Northwestern Undergraduate Conference on Literature at the
University of Portland as well as at the Haas Scholars and McNair Scholars research symposiums at UC Berkeley.
Terrell has been working with Underground Scholars for two years. He has been co-facilitating the Underground Scholars correspondence program, analyzing transcripts of currently
incarcerated people, and he also initiated a creative writing exercise with currently incarcerated people. Now, he works in the transfer program. Terrell helps formerly incarcerated people at
community colleges refine their personal statements for their applications to universities.