Mount Tamalpais College promotes a student-centered, trauma-informed, and culturally-responsive model of teaching. Our volunteer faculty are drawn from some of the Bay Area's most prestigious colleges and universities and are placed as instructors and tutors at San Quentin State Prison each term, three terms a year. Faculty members typically spend eight to ten hours each week planning lessons, providing instruction, and grading assignments, and often co-teach courses with one or two others.
We promote a student-centered, trauma-informed, and culturally-responsive model of teaching. During the semester, faculty commit eight to ten hours per week to teaching and preparing for their classes at San Quentin.
Mount Tamalpais College has taught me to look at a person, and to really see them as they are in front of me at that moment, and to open my heart and mind to that very human experience. I think that is the most beautiful love there is because that is the love of seeing possibility, of seeing pain, of seeing confusion and of seeing hope.”
The program and students are critical demonstrations of what compassion looks like in higher education.”
Teaching in classrooms and tutoring in study hall, I’ve met published authors, poets, carpenters, entrepreneurs, surfers, fishermen, journalists, actors, musicians, social justice activists, loving sons, committed fathers, first-generation immigrants, indigenous people, bilingual scholars, young boisterous dreamers, and wise pensive elders.”
Mount Tamalpais College faculty members are engaged with the student community beyond their roles in the classrooms. They participate in conferences, act as research assistants, tutor in Study Hall, coach the Ethics Bowl team, and more.
Corrections, Rehabilitation, and Reform—21st Century Solutions for 20th Century Problems allowed those most impacted by America's carceral system to contribute to the conversations that shape their own lives and futures.