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B.I.G.E. Student Club

Beyond Incarceration: Greater Education (B.I.G.E.). Through our action, service and collective presence, we are breaking down stereotypes connected to being formerly incarcerated.

  • Connected by our backgrounds, united in our aspirations to support one another and succeed at Allan Hancock College
  • Bi-Weekly meetings geared towards: Breaking the stigma connected to being formerly incarcerated, peer support, mentoring and connections to campus resources
  • Meetings are open to all AHC students, including those who have experienced incarceration, those who have been impacted by the incarceration of someone else, or those who would ally with our communities
  • Opportunities to serve our larger Santa Maria community 

B.I.G.E. Club Event Calendar

B.I.G.E. Club in the News

Students at Allan Hancock College are off and running on a new semester, but a handful of those students have a shared background you may not expect.

We get asked all the time, "What is the difference?"
We decided it was time to clarify! Yes we are different, and we are united!

B.I.G.E. Club
(Beyond Incarceration Greater Education)
Rising Scholars
  • NOT a program
  • Learning Community PD 101 & English 101 with English 112
  • Student-driven with student leadership team
  • Faculty advisor advises but students have the ultimate authority over club
  • Governed by Associated Students guidelines and student-advisor created constitution
  • Community relationships
  • Support systems
  • Club support
  • Grants Scholarships
  • AHC Foundation
  • Formerly Incarcerated
  • Not a club
  • Faculty-Student driven program
  • Governed by Allan Hancock College policies as they apply to ALL campus programs
  • A part of the Student Services division 
  • Educational Aspect
  • Resource connections
  • Outreach
  • “At Promise” youth support
  • Accepts donations
  • Categorical program

Spring 2023 In-Person Meeting Schedule

Spring 2023 meetings – Free food is always provided!

  • Jan. 27, 1-2 p.m. (G106)
  • Feb. 10, 1-2 p.m. (G106)
  • Feb. 24, 1-2 p.m. (G106)
  • Mar. 10, 1-2 p.m. (G106)
  • Mar. 31, 1-2 p.m. (G106)
  • Apr. 14, 1-2 p.m. (G106)
  • Apr. 28, 1-2 p.m. (G106)
  • May 12, 1-2 p.m. (G106)


Lynn Becerra-Valencia
Faculty Advisor

Andrew DelRio

Esmy Del Rio
Vice President

Grizelda Martinez

Allyson Castillo-Martinez

Leo Valencia
Outreach Coordinator

Russbell Valle Davila
Shadow Position

Melina Houle
Shadow Position

Arturo “Cheech” Raygoza
Club Founder (established Fall 2016)
Currently attending UC Berkeley


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