Bakersfield College

Social Justice Institute

Educational equity -- that's the focus of the Bakersfield College Soical 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.

Energizing Humanities in California's San Joaquin Valley

The Social Justice Institute serves as the primary sponsor and host for events related to a $100,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant that was awarded to the Kern Community College District for faculty professional development and improvement and innovation in humanities instruction. This grant is part of the NEH's Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges program, and it will fund public speaking events, faculty workshops, and summer bridge sessions over the course of three academic years. For more information, click here or follow the link on the left side of the page.

Past Social Justice Institute Events

Eliseo Medina, left, and Latina organizer Dolores HuertaRemembering the Delano Grape Strike
September 23-25, 2015

Sponsored by the Bakersfield College Social Justice Institute, Norman Levan Center for the Humanities, Office of Equity, California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities-South Kern initiative, American Library Association, National Endowment for the Humanities, and in partnership with CSU Bakersfield.

A week's worth of events centered on the Delano Grape Strike & Latino American history. Visit the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History website.

California is Different: Environmental Justice Organizing in the 21st Century
September 23, 2015

The first "Community Dialogue" event developed by the BC Social Justice Institute in partnership with the Levan Center for the Humanities, Office of Equity, and Progressive Education & Action in Kern (PEAK) organizations.  For the first event, we hosted environmental justice activists from three local organizations who focus on community organizing and education efforts in rural Kern County, particularly in the Lost Hills area.  Their advocacy surrounds issues related to environmental justice, education, community organizing, and the creation of "citizen scientists." See photos from this event below.

In & Out of Shadows by Gary Soto, Performed by the San Francisco Youth Theater
September 25, 2015

In & Out of Shadows is a musical by famed Chicano writer Gary Soto, is based on interviews with Bay Area DREAMers, who dream and despair as they navigate the shadows of immigration policies. The performance took place at the Bakersfield College SPARC Indoor Theatre in conjunction with commemorating the historical legacy of the Delano Grape Strike.

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