RISING Program

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RISING (Reentering Incarcerated and System Impacted Navigating Greatness) Program

The RISING Program provides support services to formerly incarcerated and system impacted students enrolling at Santa Monica College.

The RISING Program is committed to empowering students with the successful transition into college after incarceration. RISING supports the enrollment, retention, graduation, and transfer of system impacted and formerly incarcerated students and aims to support the academic, social, and emotional well-being of participants by providing services that are focused on access, equity and inclusion.

The RISING Program is being developed by the passion and dedication of the RISING Program Advisory Committee  comprised of faculty, classified professionals, managers and students.

Check out our VIP Welcome Week   presentation!


If you would like to be added to the RISING Program email list to learn about upcoming events and services please complete our interest form:

RISING Interest Form

To make an appointment with the RISING Program Academic Counselor, please email RISING@smc.edu and someone will reply to schedule your appointment.

Upcoming RISING Events

Student Virtual Meet-ups

Come hang out with other students and RISING Program allies. This is an opportunity to meet other students, ask questions, and learn more about RISING and SMC!

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 11:15 am to 12:30 pm

Sept 14 Registration Link

Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 11:15 am to 12:30 pm

Sept 23 Registration Link

RISING Program

Email: RISING@smc.edu 

Counselor: Nick Bravo


NIck Mata, Interim Dean of Special Programs

Rebecca Romo, Faculty, Philosophy and Social Sciences


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