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Social Justice Institute

The Founding and Purpose of the Social Justice Institute

The Social Justice Institute was founded by Bakersfield College President Sonya Christian and fellow administrators in collaboration with local community leaders, including Bakersfield Mayor Harvey Hall and civil lawyer and philanthropist Milt Younger. A non-partisan entity at Bakersfield College, the Social Justice Institute explores issues of equity that affect BC students and the diverse local communities that the college serves. The Social Justice Institute hosts public speaking engagements and events featuring scholars, authors, and cultural bearers whose work and experiences speak to both equity and the significance of local cultures, histories, and narratives in the broader state and national contexts.

BC administrators, community leaders, and faculty at the founding of the SJI.

Attendees at the 2015 kick off for the Social Justice Institute included founders BC President Dr. Sonya Christian (5th from left), BC Professor and philanthropist Dr. Jack Brigham (2nd from left), Milt Younger (7th from left), Mayor Harvey Hall (next to Younger), and special guest Dolores Huerta along with Bakersfield College administrators and faculty who participated in the Institute's inaugural Leadership & Equity Academy. Also pictured is the current director of the Social Justice Institute, Dr. Oliver Rosales (3rd from right).

Educational Equity Statement

Educational equity—that's the focus of the Bakersfield College Social Justice Institute. Their mission: to create a collaborative space for the BC community to engage in conversation and analyze issues of social justice, equity and pedagogy in the community college. They'll also study the impact of biases—both intentional and unintentional—in instruction, as well as other professional teaching and service contexts.

Upcoming Events

Indigenous Influence and Representation in Popular Culture and Media:
A Native American Heritage Month Event

Join us at 6 PM on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, for a panel discussion featuring Native American activists and creatives talking about Indigenous influence and representation in popular culture and media and in their respective fields. This even is free and open to the public and will take place on Zoom.

(Register for "Indigenous Influence and Representation in Popular Culture and Media")

This event will be recorded and made available for future viewing on the Bakersfield College Social Justice Institute YouTube channel.