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


  • David Maldonado
    • Monday 11-2
    • Thursday 11-2
  • Gabby Falzone
    • Tuesday 10-1
    • Wednesday 12-3
    • Office hours available by appointment


    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

    • 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