Learn about the cluster's background and view the BPOCSRC team members and previous years' fellows in one place!

The Black Panther Oakland Community School Research Cluster involves undergraduate and graduate students with faculty, staff, and community scholars to support the creation of public humanities projects. These include:

1. An interactive “yearbook” website, featuring digital content (photos, video segments, audio clips) of former students, teachers, and parents. This digital archive features past and present narratives and images of the people involved in the OCS. It will serve as a database for future researchers and a companion resource for the video series;
2. An OCS traveling exhibit featuring never-before-seen images from the rare BPP collection kept in custodial care of a former BPP photographer for more than 40 years;
3. A documentary film/video series about the OCS.

Research Cluster Team

Tatiana Bryant
Director of Teaching, Learning and Research Services
Barnard College
Library Department

Desha Dauchan
Assoc. Prof of Teaching
UC Irvine Film and Media Studies Department
Angela D. LeBlanc-Ernest
Program Director
The OCS Project
Krystal Tribbett
Research Librarian, Orange County Curator
UC Irvine Libraries
Judy Tzu-Chun Wu
Depts. of History & Asian American Studies
Assoc. Dean, School of Humanities
Center for Liberation, Anti-Racism, & Belonging (C-LAB) Director
UCI Humanities Center Director

Research Cluster Team

Summer Fellows


Alexandria Fakayode
Chinaenye Ibeanusi
Dashia Wright
Psychological Sciences
Donavian "Navi" Huskey
Psychological Sciences Department
Evelynn Cuautle
Public Health Policy
Haleigh Marcello
History Department
Iyanna Blackburn
Film and Media Studies
Micherlange Francois-Hemsley
African American Studies
Nervana Fadle
Political Science
Trinity Hunt-McGuiness
Gender and Sexuality Studies


Kaye Regalado
Literary Journalism; Film & Media Studies
Chasia Jeffries
Culture and Theory Program
Ali Chak
English & Criminology, Law & Society
Brie Smiley
Culture and Theory Program


Johnny Vu
Psychological Science
Makyla McLeod
International Studies
Gabriella Straughn
History (PhD Student)
Elliott Yu
Visual Studies (PhD Student)

Humanities Out There Undergraduate Interns

2021 - 2022

Ruth Dinong
Kyara Corralez
International Studies
Gabriella Marquez
Film & Media Studies


Curating resources and information for researchers and community members alike to learn the history of the Black Panther Party’s flagship educational program is central to The OCS Project’s mission.


Creating digital projects is one of the primary ways The OCS Project endeavors to archive and share the history and encourage community engagement.


Collaborating was a hallmark of the Oakland Community School’s success and it is in the same spirit that The OCS Project seeks to accomplish its current and future project goals.

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