SB-2017-18-013: Project Rebound

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Senate Bill No: SB-2017-18-013

Date: February 26, 2018

Authored by: Hawa Coulibaly, Senator for the College of Arts, Media, and Communication

Alex Canas, Senator for the College of Science & Mathematics
Rujjares Hansapiromchok, Chief Policy Advisor to Vice President

Referred to: External Affairs

Committee Rec: April 4, 2018 (8-0-0)

Senate Action: April 16, 2018 (17-0-0)

Title: Project Rebound

1. WHEREAS: The Associated Students, Inc. (AS) is the official voice of over 40,000 students at California State University Northridge; AND

2. WHEREAS: AS is the primary advocate for students at CSUN and provides excellent, meaningful programs and services designed to create and enhance a spirited, learning focused campus environment; AND

3. WHEREAS: AS is always trying to get more students involved and increase student participation within the many programs and services we offer; AND

4. WHEREAS: AS is aware of an admirable initiative and engagement from the Revolutionary Scholars to support formerly incarcerated, or systems impacted students; AND

5. WHEREAS: Revolutionary Scholars has reached out to students and centers on the campus, often with the limited resource available to them; AND

6. WHEREAS: Revolutionary Scholars managed to create a safe and welcoming community through organizing events or tabling at campus wide events for students often left at the margin on our campus; AND

7. WHEREAS: Formerly incarcerated individuals struggle with navigating the higher education system which hinder their ability to develop the education and skills necessary to obtain a successful career; AND

8. WHEREAS: Formerly incarcerated individuals have limited access to resources to succeed in life and end up becoming a statistic of high rate recidivism; the tendency of a convicted criminal to reoffend; AND

9. WHEREAS: Formerly incarcerated individuals are forced to revert back to unethical practices due to the lack of resources which denies them the opportunity of a higher education; AND

10. WHEREAS: Revolutionary Scholars work is recognized by the Statewide organization for formerly incarcerated, or system impacted students known as Project Rebound; AND

11. WHEREAS: Recidivism rates by state vary, California is among the highest in the nation; according to a 2012 report by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, just over 46% of those released from California's prison system return within three years ; AND

12. WHEREAS: Employment after release was 13 percent higher among prisoners who participated in either academic or vocational education programs than those who did not  ; THEREFORE LET IT BE

1. RESOLVED: AS congratulates Revolutionary Scholars for obtaining a grant through the campus quality fee; THEREFORE LET IT BE
2. RESOLVED: AS will continuously promote Revolutionary Scholars’ work through the AS website to increase awareness around the issues that system impacted students face as well as promote resources available to them through AS Marketing; AND LET IT BE FURTHER
3. RESOLVED: AS embraces a program or a resource center that helps formerly incarcerated individuals transition from prisons to campuses; AND LET IT BE FURTHER
4. RESOLVED: AS encourages the Faculty senate to pass this resolution in support of Revolutionary Scholars; AND LET IT BE FINALLY
5. RESOLVED: That copies of this resolution be distributed widely, including but not limited to the following:

  • Dr. Dianne Harrison, CSUN President
  • Dr. William Watkins, Vice President of Student Affairs
  • Adam Swenson, Faculty Senate President
  • USU Board of Directors
  • CSUN Today
  • The Daily Sundial