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Our 2019 Holiday Gathering

By Jahslyn Chen See | December 20, 2019

On December 14th, 2019, the ever-growing Prison University Project community celebrated the close of yet another extraordinary year of success, perseverance, and growth with our annual holiday brunch celebration. Former students, volunteer faculty, extended families, and many staff and board members gathered to share stories, trade triumphs, offer gratitude, and exchange New Year aspirations in the Hazel Wolf Gallery of the David Brower Center, a sustainable community space in Berkeley existing to unite art, activism, environmentalism, and education.

The Mixing Bowl and their gracious staff provided a delicious catered lunch in the main gallery. An adjacent space was filled with laughter from the children of board members, staff, and former students decorating gingerbread cookies, painting on mini canvases and suncatchers, and decorating masks. A few lovely moments, shown below, were captured on camera by Jahslyn Chen See, our new Development Associate.

Many thanks to Wendy Quezada, Executive Assistant, for organizing this wonderful event and to our guests for bringing such radiant joy. It was especially meaningful to have so many former students attend. With gratitude, we enter this New Year continuing to work for increased equity and access in higher education for incarcerated people everywhere.

Please note that the Prison University Project became Mount Tamalpais College in September 2020.


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