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Session A4

8th Annual CNM Conference on Teaching and Learning

CNM’s Formerly Incarcerated Students’ Reintegration Success Team (FIRST) shares strategies and resources for faculty, staff, and students. 

Saundra Trujillo, PhD. (CNM/Adult Basic Education/Justice Initiative Re-Rentry Resources Program Director/SAGE; Criminology Faculty/CHSS); Chris Cavasos, MA (CNM/Dean of Students); Angel Garcia(CNM/Executive Council of Students President/President Phi Theta Kappa/Peer Mentor) 

Santa Fe , 10:00-11:10

CNM’s F.I.R.S.T. (Formerly Incarcerated Students’ Success Team) welcomes staff, faculty, and administration to learn about how the era of mass incarceration is influencing the landscape of our community college. With nearly one in thirty U.S. residents currently under active criminal justice supervision, understanding the needs and addressing the obstacles faced by students with a criminal history are keys to student and community success. Using active learning techniques, participants 1) grapple with pre-conceived notions and truths about students with a criminal justice history, 2) are challenged to contribute ideas that they can each implement to address some of the obstacles faced by this often stigmatized and isolated student population, and 3) have opportunity to suggest future directions for F.I.R.S.T. to consider. Participants leave the session armed with knowledge of newly developed CNM resources/programming and inspired to implement strategies that can buffer the deleterious consequences of a criminal record. 

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