Supporting the Higher Education and Successful Reintegration of the Formerly Incarcerated 

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Your gift to this fund will provide general support to Project Rebound and help with current needs and priorities.

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Land Acknowledgement

Project Rebound, housed on the Cal Poly Humboldt campus, is located on the present and ancestral Homeland and unceded territory of the Wiyot Tribe. Tribes and Nations in Humboldt County include Hupa, Karuk, Mattole, Tolowa, Wailaki, Wiyot, and Yurok.

We make this land acknowledgment in recognition that our words must be matched by action and approach. Learn more from Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy's lecture: "What Good Is a Land Acknowledgment?"

About Us

Project Rebound is a program that supports the higher education and successful reintegration of formerly incarcerated individuals wishing to enroll and succeed at the California State University. By connecting students with critical resources, Project Rebound constructs an alternative to the revolving door policy of mass incarceration and increases community strength and safety.

Project Rebound acts as a direct liaison between networks throughout the campus as a whole and the surrounding community. We serve students within Northern California who have a desire to attend a CSU university. Students within our program consist of prospective students and matriculated undergraduate/graduate students.

We define students who are eligible for our services as individuals who have been convicted of a crime in a county, state, or federal jurisdiction and have clearly expressed their desire and readiness to earn a degree at Humboldt. 

Fall 2023 Events

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Award-winning author, poet, and educator
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Native Forum (BSS 162)

Jimmy Santiago Baca is an award-winning American poet and writer of Chicano descent. While serving a five-year sentence in a maximum security prison, he learned to read. He began to turn his life around, eventually emerging as a prolific artist of the spoken and written word. He is a winner of the prestigious International Award for his memoir, “A Place to Stand,” the story of which is now also a documentary by the same title.

View Jimmy Santiago Baca's website: 


Thursday, October 26, 2023

Presentation by Dr. James Binnall, Associate Professor at CSU Long Beach
5:00 - 6:30 PM
Native Forum (BSS 162)

Dr. Binnall’s research focuses on the civic marginalization of those with criminal convictions, parole and post-release restrictions, and conditions of confinement. At CSULB, Dr. Binnall is the Executive Director of Project Rebound and the Faculty Advisor for Rising Scholars - organizations that work to ensure the success of formerly incarcerated and system-involved students on campus. As a practicing attorney, he represents law students in the State Bar of California's Moral Character and Fitness Determination process and is the co-founder of the California System-Involved Bar Association (CSIBA), an organization comprised entirely of formerly incarcerated or system-involved lawyers.

View Dr. Binnall's page at CSULB: James M. Binnall | California State University Long Beach

Friday, October 27, 2023

Presentation by Project Rebound
1:00 - 2:30 PM
Library Fishbowl (2nd floor of Library, Room 209)

Join students, staff, faculty, and community organizers to talk about their lived experiences with education and incarceration, strategies, and tactics of how education works as a collective resistance. The panel will provide insights from Pelican Bay Scholars (College of the Redwoods) and Project Rebound, including the discussion of the recently developed Bachelor's program inside Pelican Bay State Prison.