Danny Murillo: I feel blessed to be in a position where I am able to be a resource to formerly incarcerated students who seek to transform their lives through education, in the same fashion that my support system at Cerritos College did for me.
Danny Murillo graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelors in Arts degree in Ethnic Studies with a focus on race, and prisons. While attending UC Berkeley Danny was a Ronald E. McNair and George A. Miller Scholar. His research interest looked at the disproportionate rate of suspension and the criminalization of Black male students in Oakland’s public schools. In addition Danny was a Peter E. Haas Public Service Leader at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights where he was the national policy intern on a community driven research project that addresses the economic impact of incarceration on communities of color. Danny was also a research assistant for the Carceral Geographies Course Thread, a curricular initiative sponsored by the Townsend Center for Humanities. Lastly, Danny was the co-founder of the Underground Scholars Initiative a student association dedicated to support UC Berkeley students who have been personally impacted by incarceration. The mission of the Underground Scholars is to create alternatives to criminalization and incarceration.