Conference: Creating A Peaceful School 2014

When & Where
Seven Hills International School
9 North San Carlos Drive
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
February 1, 2014 - 8:00am - 4:00pm
Margli Auclair
925 933 7850


Keynote Speaker:

Victor Rios, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Sociology, UC Santa Barbara, motivational speaker and author of "Poverty, Gangs and a Ph.D." and "Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys ."
Rios grew up in Oakland, California in a single parent household, in  poverty and on welfare. He joined a gang at the age of thirteen and by age  sixteen he had dropped out of school and had been incarcerated several times.  Having witnessed the tragic murder of his best friend by gang rivals, Rios hit  a critical juncture in life at which point he made the decision to transform. 

With the support of educators and mentors, Victor redirected his attitude  towards life, and returned to school to eventually acquire a Ph.D. from the  University of California at Berkeley.  He uses his personal story, and 10 years of research experience, to discuss how personal and institutional "illusions" contribute to academic failure.