Online Training for College Staff to Support Formerly Incarcerated Students

Resolution Number
Assigned to
Consultation with the Chancellor's Office
Proposer Contact
Cleavon Smith, Diversity and Action Committee, Executive Committee

Whereas, The Student Mental Health Program, a partnership between the Chancellor's Office and the Foundation for California Community Colleges, offers online training courses that simulate interactions in real situations between students and staff for any community college employee or student in order to improve the mental health outcomes for individuals, families, and communities;

Whereas, The online training courses currently available to community college employees and students consist of modules that simulate encounters with veterans, LGBTQIA+ students, and students broadly identified as “At Risk”, but do not provide simulations specifically designed to work with formerly incarcerated students; and

Whereas, Formerly incarcerated students face serious mental health challenges when re-entering society and attempting to navigate through the California’s community colleges;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge the Chancellor’s Office and the Foundation for California Community Colleges, mental health providers, and relevant service providers who work specifically with formerly incarcerated populations to develop online training courses that include simulated interactions between students and staff to help the college community be responsive to and supportive of the mental health of formerly incarcerated students and improve their success outcomes.