FIRST Events


FIRST is having events at the Social Justice Center. See below for more information.

Please RSVP to the upcoming events by clicking HERE or using the QR code on the flyer to the right. 

The Formerly Incarcerated Re-Entry Students Thriving (FIRST) Program and various community partners will have orientations, trainings, resources, and workshops aimed at assisting our campus in understanding the experiences of our FIRST Scholars while building our ally network! 

All events are open to the community, students, staff, and faculty, and we encourage you to attend as many as possible! If there are any questions, please feel free to reach out to the FIRST team:

Program Coordinator - Francisco Lopez

FIRST Student Serivce Specialist - Isabel Gonzalez

FIRST Counselor - Ruby Padilla

FIRST Counselor - Yvette Ruiz

FIRST Counselor - Diego Rodriguez

FIRST Counselor - Christopher Hurd 


The Formerly Incarcerated Re-Entry Students Thriving (FIRST) Program holds events and workshops throughout the respective semester. The team is planning the Fall semester events during the Summer, so there are no Summer events. Check this website back in mid-August to see a list of Fall 2024 events. 

No Summer 2024 Events. Events will resume in the Fall 2024 Semester.



Past Events



FITE Documentary Film

From Incarceration to Education Q&A Panel

The PUSHOUTS Screening & Panel

Monday, November 29 | 5:30 – 7 p.m.

FIRST and the Rising Scholars Network bring you the amazing documentary, THE PUSHOUTS, by Curious Matters, Cam Bay Productions and Big Pictures Films!


Breaking Bars Community Network Ally Training

Tuesday/Wednesday, November 30 & December 1 | 6 – 8 p.m.

The FIRST team is excited to partner with The Breaking Bars Community Network to bring a 2-Day Liberating Scholars Educational Ally Training to El Camino College.

RSVP Day 1

RSVP Day 2

Diversity Apprenticeship Program (DAP) Workshop

Wednesday, December 1 | 9 - 10 a.m.

FIRST has partnered with (DAP) to present on the program which aims to increase the number of underrepresented groups in the art community. In this workshop, they will be going over what art handling is, more details about the program, and requirements to apply to DAP!


Prototypes/HealthRight 360 Workshop

Thursday, December 2 | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

FIRST is excited to partner with Rebecca M. Snyder, LCSW, and Andrew Mohamed, ACSW, from the Prototypes team to provide a workshop on mental health support through self-care, mindfulness and self-compassion.


Expungement Workshop

Thursday, December 2 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

FIRST has partnered with Richard Ortiz, a former Retired Probation Officer and member of SRJC Second Chance Support Team, to provide an Expungement Workshop to any student, staff, faculty and community member who wants to know more about the expungement process.


Ten Toes In Workshop

Friday, December 3 | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

FIRST is excited to partner with Ten Toes In and present on resources to address the component of Intimate Relationships and Successful Reentry for the formerly incarcerated community. They will emphasize the importance of being a part of a Support Group and provide tools to be in a healthy relationship after incarceration.