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Restorative Justice at San Quentin and Solano Prisons: Focus on AAPI Experiences

Spring 2022 APPSI Lifelong Learning Series

Presentation by Roger Viet Chung, Professor of Ethnic Studies, Laney College  

Professor Chung will discuss the ROOTS (Restoring our Original True Selves) Program, which offers ethnic studies and restorative justice courses to Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) and “Other” incarcerated persons at California State Prisons in San Quentin and Solano, respectively. He will also tell us about Restoring our Communities (ROC), a reentry program at Laney College that aims to address the unique and nuanced material as well as academic needs of formerly incarcerated community college students. 

Speaker Bio
Roger Viet Chung serves as a faculty member in the Department of Ethnic Studies at Laney College. In addition to instructing a variety of classes that include issues in incarceration, health, schools, sports, immigration and social change, Roger also directs Restoring our Communities (ROC)—a reentry program for formerly incarcerated community college students. Originally from Oakland, Roger is the lead instructor and curriculum developer of the Asian Prisoner Support Committee’s ROOTS (Restoring our Original True Selves) Program in San Quentin and Solano state prisons.  

Presenting Organization & Partners
This program is part of the Spring 2022 APPSI Lifelong Learning Series, presented by the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute in the HNU School of Education and Liberal Arts. 

Special thanks to our promotional and logistical partners at HNU: Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Diversity-Equity-Inclusion Committee, Ethnic Studies Program, Integrative Studies Across Cultures Program, Interdisciplinary Studies Program, Office of Alumni and Donor Relations, Office of Marketing and Communications.