CIIS Student Lorin Jackson Named Newman Civic FellowPosted on Mar 20 2013

By Zack Rogow

Lorin Jackson, a master’s degree student at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), has been named a Newman Civic Fellow for her work and volunteer activities, including at San Quentin Prison. Jackson is one of 181 students nationwide selected this year as Newman Civic Fellows by Campus Compact, a coalition of college and university presidents committed to fulfilling the public purposes of higher education.

“These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building stronger communities,” notes Campus Compact President Maureen Curley.

Jackson was selected as a Newman Civic Fellow for her deep involvement in a community service internship with the KIDCAT program at San Quentin Prison. She collaborates with men incarcerated during adolescence for long-term sentences in developing school curricula based in restorative justice principles and self-empowerment.

“We’re pleased that Lorin Jackson has been honored for her community work,” says CIIS President Joseph L. Subbiondo. “She superbly exemplifies the values of community service advanced by the CIIS Center for a Beloved Community.”

Newman Civic Fellow awards are made in memory of Dr. Frank Newman, a founder of Campus Compact, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform.


Lorin Jackson is a scholar activist who is committed to unraveling the root causes of violence plaguing many underprivileged communities, in particular at the middle school level. She has been steadily involved with teaching, tutoring, and providing community service in underprivileged communities for the last nine years. Through her scholarship, work, and community service as a teacher-tutor in under-served communities, Lorin hopes to engage with transformative pedagogies that will contribute towards ending the emergence of violence from this early stage of education.

Lorin's engagement with transformative educational structures and pedagogies also emerged through her past volunteer work at San Quentin prison (she hopes to continue this work at San Quentin with pending grant funding). Lorin collaborated with men who were incarcerated during adolescence on developing a restorative justice curriculum. She describes this curriculum as a transformative tool that encompasses methods for self-empowerment and positive life skills. Currently, Lorin is in her second semester of the Women's Spirituality Master's program at CIIS. She tutors struggling elementary students with their reading at Cox/Reach Academy and works as an after-school teacher leader at Elmhurst Community Preparatory Middle School in East Oakland. She hopes to earn her secondary school teaching credential in the upcoming years, become a credentialed middle school English teacher, and then attend a PhD program where she can receive her doctorate in education to impact high-level educational policy.

Zack Rogow

Zack Rogow is senior editor at CIIS. His writings include a recent book of poems, "My Mother and the Ceiling Dancers," from Kattywompus Press.



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