BUS has developed an ambassador program at community colleges to provide a space for system-impacted and formerly incarcerated students to succeed and prepare them for after community college. Ambassadors are students at community colleges responsible to start a club, connect with the transfer center, and reach out to formerly incarcerated students. There are currently 15 ambassadors throughout California.
Learn more about the Restoring Our Communities Program at Laney College HERE.
The Transfer and Outreach Program identifies formerly incarcerated individuals in higher education and supports them through the admissions process with UC Berkeley. This includes transcript analysis, major preparation, counseling, completing the application and developing a personal statement. BUS also offers them support and resources for employment, internships, and other opportunities.
BUS has worked with the College of Alameda, the Persist program at Berkeley City College, the ACE program at Cabrillo College, and the EOPS program at Contra Costa College.
Learn more about transferring to Berkeley at 'Admission Drop-In Advising' at the Transfer Student Center on Fridays from 2-4 in July, and Thursdays and Fridays from 2-4 in August - November. Learn more HERE.
BUS offers cross-enrollment from community college students who would like to take a course at UC Berkeley and receive community college credit. This program is for students who identity as formerly incarcerated and/or system-impacted and provides them with the opportunity to not only personally experience UC Berkeley while attending community college, but also improve their transfer application by showing admissions that they can thrive in the UC Berkeley environment.
The contact person for Cross-Enrollment is: David Maldonado at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Correspondence Program involves BUS members writing to currently incarcerated individuals to help them reach their academic goals and apply to schools. This program includes transcript analysis, academic analysis, and once they are released, connecting them to Ambassadors at their local community colleges.
If you know someone who is currently incarcerated and interested in our program, have them send us a letter at 2400C Bancroft Way, Suite 7 Berkeley, CA 94704.