CARA Classes, Spring 2021

How to Find and Enroll in CARA Classes:

For information on how to use Permission Codes, see here

Current Classes Offered:

OAKS 151 A/B: Corre la Voz

Corre La Voz is a community-based education course that focuses on language, literacy and leadership. Students will mentor elementary-aged students and families  through partnerships with Bayview Elementary School and Senderos. May be accepted as an upper-division Education Department elective, by petition.

  • Application Link: 
  • Priority Deadline: Sunday, February 28th by 11:59 PM PST
  • OAKS 151A Corre La Voz: Community Literacies And Power Seminar (academic component), 2 units, Mondays, 5:20 PM- 7:20 PM
  • OAKS 151B Community Literacies Field Study (mentorship component), 3 units, Wednesdays, 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM, Fulfills PR-S GE Requirement


OAKS 185, Tracing Health 

This class will provide bilingual and/or bicultural students first-hand experience in one of the most important health behavior issues of our time – the global pandemic of COVID-19. Students will be trained to intern as Contact Tracers with PHI and will support marginalized communities who are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Internships will be paid. 

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:50 AM - 11:25 AM
  • Fulfills the PE-H General Education requirement
  • Internship hourly rates $22.79 - $23.92/hour

Priority will be given to students who are:

  • Oakes College affiliates
  • Bicultural (e.g. from a non-dominant cultural communities and/ or communities of color) and/or Bilingual
  • In their 4th year or graduating in Spring or Summer of 2021
  • Students with DACA are also eligible and encouraged to apply 


OAKS/LGST 188B, Legal Field Practice: Professional Skills And Ethics 

Students learn about 1) legal aid and the legal profession, 2) how free or low-cost legal aid organizations are closing the justice gap, 3) about emergent policy changes that impact immigrant families and tenants and 4) to become a more sensitive listener and how others are navigating challenges. Remote placements conducted with the Watsonville Law Center, Centro Legal de la Raza, and other organizations

  • Thursdays, 5:20 - 6:55 PM
  • Fulfills the PR-S GE requirement
  • 3 Units, Pass/No Pass 
  • Oakes College affiliates and/or Legal Studies majors given priority to enroll
  • Email Course Instructor, Marina Garcia for permission code:
  • Also offered as LGST 188B.  
  • For Spring 2021, requirement for 188A is waived.



OAKS 189: Building Websites for Social Change 

Students will collaborate with students and to build an interactive Wordpress website, and how to support social justice organizations to reach their targeted audiences. This is an engaging, hands-on, practice-based class! 

  • Thursdays, 3:20–4:55 PM
  •  Fulfills PR-S GE
  • 2 units, Upper Division
  • 2 additional units of independent study can be combined with this class. If interested in additional units, please contact the Oakes CARA Program Director, Sheeva Sabati,
  • Prerequisite(s): Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment is restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Oakes College affiliates have preference; other students email instructor for permission.