Underground Scholars Initiative celebrates 2nd graduating class

May 15, 2017

Francis, or "Frankie," Guzman, a 2007 UC Berkeley graduate, returned to his alma mater Sunday afternoon to address the second graduating class of the Underground Scholars Initiative, or USI, a pioneering program unique to UC Berkeley that connects campus resources to formerly incarcerated students and students with formerly incarcerated family members.

Guzman, who went behind bars at 15 years old, recounted a childhood in which police presence was to be expected, a sentiment reiterated by several other underground scholars.

"Close your eyes and imagine a world without prison," said Adrian Chavez, a USI social welfare, and public policy graduate.

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