218: How to Better Serve Formerly Incarcerated and System Impacted Students with Alexzander Calderon
In this episode of the Grad School Femtoring Podcast, we discussed the topic of how to better serve formerly incarcerated and system impacted students with our guest, Alexzander “Zander” Calderon. Zander is a father and life long partner, cholo, Chicano del barrio, and co-founder of Cabrillo & Hartnell’ college’s Rising Scholars Student Clubs. He’s also formerly incarcerated, a Loyola Law Forensic Gang Expert, and the Creative Director for Barrios Unidos Clothing.
On the show, Zander discusses the profound challenges faced by formerly incarcerated individuals pursuing higher education, including his own personal journey. He shares examples of the multifaceted support that formerly incarcerated and system impacted students need, including mental health support, community building, and empathy from peers and professors. He also stressed the need for increased visibility and acceptance of formerly incarcerated students in academic spaces and offers advice for those with shared experiences.
You can connect with Zander on Instagram @risingscholarz and @alexzander_dagreat and @risingscholarz_podcast_stories
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