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Cultural Historical Awareness Program (CHAP)

Mission

The Cultural and Historical Awareness Program (CHAP) is designed to plan, organize, and provide interdisciplinary programming to the BC Delano campus and its surrounding communities in order to raise awareness, stimulate conversation, and engage critical thinking among our students, staff, faculty, and community.

If you would like to contact the Delano Campus CHAP, please send an email to chap@bakersfieldcollege.edu.

History

The Cultural and Historical Awareness Program (C.H.A.P.) launched at Bakersfield College, Delano Campus, in the fall of 2014. Led by Professors Michelle Hart and Oliver Rosales, the CHAP series was designed to bring exciting and intellectually stimulating speakers, forums, films, and events to the BC Delano campus. Then, in the spring of 2019, CHAP’s mission was updated in order to include support for others on campus and in the community who are working to provide opportunities for engagement in the rural areas.

Within the first four years, the Delano Campus CHAP has hosted over 24 events including film screenings, panel discussions, and guest speakers. For a full list of past events, visit the CHAP Previous Speakers page.

CHAP is a direct result of the mentorship and inspiration of Professor Emeritus Richard Osborne of Porterville College who launched a similar program in 2002. Porterville College’s CHAP initiative has had much success, bringing in hundreds of speakers over the years. For more information about Porterville College's CHAP, visit the PC CHAP page.