The Underground Scholars Initiative provides many resources to support students affected by mass incarceration throughout their time at Cal. Some of these resources include:

Weekly Writing seminar

Monday's 3-6 PM in the Conference Room at Stiles Hall 

Writing coaches facilitate structured weekly seminars that teach our members the most efficient methods for creating outlines, strong thesis statements, and how to write research papers. The three hour seminars are divided into 2 parts -- the first half is a structured lesson and the second half is a chance for the students to practice the skills they learn in their own work, with immediate feedback from the writing coach.

Evaluations: The students are given evaluations at the beginning and end of the program to ensure that each student knows and understands their progress.

Spring Semester Coach: Gabby Falzone


We provide support and guidance for our members to pursue top research opportunities with highly acclaimed programs such as: George A. Miller Scholars Program, McNair Scholars Program, Haas Scholars Program and Summer Research Undergraduate Research Fellowships. Students are guided throughout the process including assistance with their application, mentor partnership, support with their ongoing research projects, and successful completion of it.

Other Resources

  • General Tutoring: Tuesdays and Fridays with Omar Davila 9am-1pm
  • Free Printing
    • Monday 9-5
    • Tuesday 9-8
    • Wednesday 9-8
    • Thursday 9-6
    • Friday 9-5
  • Graduate school application support/mentoring
  • General mentoring


The contact person for our retention program is: Violeta Alvarez at