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, visit the Energizing Humanities page or follow the link on the menu.

Upcoming Events

Adios Amor: The Search for Maria Moreno

  • March 28, 2019 - 6 p.m.
  • Edward Simonsen Performing Arts Center (Indoor Theater)

Project Conexiones and the Social Justice Institute present a screening of director Laurie Coyle's documentary "Adios Amor", which tells the story of Maria Moreno's struggle to organize California's migrant farm workers while raising 12 children. The documentary also interweaves Coyle's quest to find photographs and more information about Moreno through the attics and archives of the California Central Valley.

Si, Ella Puede! The Rhetorical Legacy of Dolores Huerta and United Farm Workers

  • April 10, 2019 - 6 p.m.
  • Levan Center for the Humanities

In recognition of Dolores Huerta Day, the Levan Center and the National Endowment for the Humanities present a discussion with Dr. Stacey K. Sowards, professor and chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Texas El Paso. Sowards will be discussing her book, "Si, Ella Puede! The Rhetorical Legacy of Dolores Huerta and the United Farm Workers", which contextualizes Huerta's activism through close, theoretical analysis of the activist's speeches, letters and interviews.

A flyer for the event is available at this link.