Community Dialogs: COVID-19 Vaccination and the Incarcerated Community in California.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021


Thu, February 25, 2021


6:30 PM – 7:45 PM PST

Panel discussion about medical, legal, and historical issues surrounding efforts to vaccinate staff and residents in CA state prisons.

About this Event

Please join us for Mount Tamalpais College's Community Dialogs: COVID-19 Vaccination and the Incarcerated Community in California.   Compared to the rest of the country, California has acted quickly to make the COVID-19 vaccine available to prison staff and residents. However, some people in the system are reluctant or refusing to take the vaccine, citing concerns over its safety and the long history of deceptive or harmful medical treatment for incarcerated people and communities of color.

Please join us for a panel discussion exploring legal, public health, and media efforts to protect the health of the San Quentin community and provide accurate health information during the pandemic. We’ll also hear a firsthand account of surviving COVID-19 while incarcerated at San Quentin.


  • Michael Bien, Founding Partner, Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP
  • Joseph Hancock, Mt. Tamalpais College Alumnus; Site Support Specialist, Family Bridges
  • Leah Rorvig, Director of Health Education, AMEND, Zuckerberg SF General Hospital


  • Juleen Lam, Asst. Prof., Dept. of Health Sciences, CSU East Bay; Faculty, Mt. Tamalpais College (Facilitator)


  • Nigel Poor, Co-creator and Co-host, Ear Hustle Podcast; Prof. of Photography, CSU Sacramento

This event is free.

About Mt. Tamalpais College

Mount Tamalpais College (formerly known as the Prison University Project) serves incarcerated students at San Quentin State Prison in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as a growing alumni network.

The Community Dialogs public education program is designed to engage the broader community in the complexities of the current situation in prisons and to highlight formerly incarcerated leadership in our community.