CST Student Invited to White House
CST student Fernando Jara and Dean Philip Clayton were recently interviewed for an excellent KGET-TV feature on Fernando’s work establishing a non-profit farm to help recovering addicts earn a living in a safe environment in the Bakersfield area. The story also included details about Fernando joining President Jerry Cambell to represent Claremont at the White House recently for the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. Fernando was one of five people interviewed at the event, chosen from the 300 finalists who attended.
For the project’s next step, a team of Claremont students and faculty will travel with Fernando and Prof. Carleen Mandolfo to Bakersfield and Delano during this academic year to develop relationships within the farm-working, religious, and activist communities and learn about their capacities and needs.
They will seek to identify local organizers and pastors who would benefit most from more formal education in order to more effectively do their work. Then, by next summer, the pastors and leaders selected will begin training with our professors in an on-site training center for the classes funded and built through Fernando’s network there.
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