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Monday, October 9 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Transformation Through Education: A BA Degree for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Students (60 mins)

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This conversational and candid discussion will explore how a public university has come to partner with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in order to provide educational opportunities for the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated. Cal State LA is the only university in the state of California to offer a BA degree within a state prison. We discuss the experiences and challenges of working across major bureaucracies to provide a transformative education. We will also discuss the challenges of matriculating formerly incarcerated students on to a university campus.


John Bae

Program Associate, Vera Institute
John Bae is a program associate at the Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) in the Center on Sentencing and Corrections (CSC). He works on Vera’s public housing projects, the Expanding Access to Postsecondary Education (EAPSE) project, and the Renewing Communities initiative. For the... Read More →
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Brant Choate

Superintendent, Education, CDCR
Brant  Choate has 26 years’ experience working in the field of educational administration.  Since 2003, he has worked in the field of adult education managing both California adult schools as well as university programs.  He was the Director of Inmate Education for the Los Angeles... Read More →
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Taffany Lim

senior director, Center for Engagement, Service, & the Public Good - Cal State LA
Cal State LA operates the only in-custody BA program for the incarcerated in the state of California. It is a partnership with the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation and the Vera Institute. Taffany Lim is the Senior Director of the Center for Engagement, Service... Read More →

Monday October 9, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Denver 6

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