Bakersfield College

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

2022 AAPI Heritage Month Conference

A conference with events from 6:30-7:30 PM on May 2nd, 3rd, and 4th celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. All events will be held virtually on Zoom and require prior registration in order to attend them. Registration links are below each event listing.

Monday, May 2, 2022, 6:30-7:30 PM

American Dreaming: A Film Screening and Talk with Matthew Hashiguchi

Join us for a discussion with Matthew Hashiguchi, a filmmaker, photographer, and Assistant Professor in Multimedia Film & Production at Georgia Southern University. He will talk about his career and work in documentary filmmaking. His first feature-length documentary, Good Luck Soup, was broadcast nationally on PBS World’s America ReFramed, received a 2016 Documentary Fund Award from the Center for Asian American Media and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. We will screen his short documentary, American Dreaming, during the talk. The film focuses on the experiences of college-aged DACA recipients in Georgia whose admissions to certain universities was barred by the state due to their immigration status. It was an official selection at a number of film festivals, including the 2018 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Art Professor Joseph Tipay will introduce the speaker and moderate the Q&A session at the end of the event.
(Register for American Dreaming: A Film Screening and Talk with Matthew Hashiguchi)

Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 6:30-7:30 PM

The Art of Gaming: A Discussion with Professional Artist Donald Phan

Join us for a talk and Q&A featuring Donald Phan, a professional artist who has worked in the video game industry for over fifteen years. He has worked on various projects for EA, Blizzard, Valve, and is currently contracted by Riot Games. Donald holds a BA in Digital Art from George Mason University. Aside from 3D character art, he enjoys film photography, figure drawing, and painting from life. Donald is a first generation American of Chinese and Vietnamese descent and currently resides in Orange County. This talk is co-sponsored by the Bakersfield College Art Department and will be moderated by Joseph Tipay, Professor of Art.
(Register for The Art of Gaming: A Discussion with Professional Artist Donald Phan)

Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 6:30-7:30 PM

AAPI Faculty & Staff Spotlight: Kimberly Chin, Professor of Theatre Arts

Join us for a discussion with Professor Kimberly Chin, Professor of Theatre Arts. Professor Chin will talk about her background in theatre and her work at Bakersfield College. Sociology Professor Nicole Carrasco will introduce the speaker and moderate the Q&A session at the end of the event.
(Register for AAPI Faculty & Staff Spotlight with Kimberly Chin)