The Call to Consciousness Lecture Series features some of the most leading edge scholars and practitioners of social justice and equity advocacy. This series is designed to introduce the Skyline College community to nationally recognized thinkers and practitioners who address issues related to creating more harmonious human relationships.
Wednesday, September 27
Building 6 Room 202-206
About the Speaker:
Victor Rios is an award-winning college professor, author and speaker. He was born in Mexico and immigrated to Oakland, California with his mother at the age of two years old. He grew up in West Oakland, Fruitvale and Elmhurst in some of the poorest neighborhoods in Oakland. Growing up around drug dealers and gangs, he was forced to join a local Latino East Oakland gang at 12 years old for protection from rival gangs. Rios began to change his life from being a gang member to a college student. With the support from some educators, he enrolled at UC Bekeley and went on to earn a Ph.D in Sociology. Currently, Dr. Rios is a Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research is focused on Educational Equity, Juvenile Justice, Mentoring, Resilience, Closing the Opportunity Gap, Teacher Well-Being, Restorative Justice, and School Accreditation. Dr. Rios has worked with local school districts to develop programs a curricula aimed at improving relationships between authority figures and youth. Victor Rios is the author of five books including: Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys (2011), Project GRIT: Generating Resilience to Inspire Transformation (2016); and Human Targets: Schools, Police and the Criminalization of Latino Youth (2017).
If you have any questions would like additional information, contact Program Services Coordinator Katrina Pantig at [email protected]