Four BUS members are featured in a film created here at Cal about their journeys from incarceration to education. From Incarceration to Education (FITE) Film will be screened in jails, prisons, and youth detention centers across the country, and is being created alongside an online database of regional and national programs that are available to assist incarcerated individuals upon release.
Members of BUS met with UC President Janet Napolitano to discuss the struggles and barriers of formerly incarcerated and system impacted students in accessing higher education.
Berkeley Underground Scholar's first Transfer Empowerment Day, held on August 12, was a success. Over 75 attendees learned about UC Berkeley and the resources available to formerly incarcerated and system-impacted students throughout the transfer process.
The entire University of California system has adopted a new policy to remove crime conviction history from the initial stages of the job application process. UC Berkeley implemented a similar policy change last year due in large parts to efforts from USI as part of a nationwide 'Ban the Box' campaign.
Read about it on UCnet by clicking HERE: UC is Changing its Hiring Policy to Remove Barriers to Opportunity
and on The Daily Californian Here: 'Ban the Box' Hiring Policy Extends to all UC Campuses.
USI is working with the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity and Berkeley City College to put on Strength from the Roots Sessions this fall.
To register, contact Ms. Barbara Hall at BHALLCOASTALCOLLAB@GMAIL.COM
This weekend Underground Scholars celebrated their second graduating class at UC Berkeley. Read about the ceremony in the Daily Cal by clicking the link below.