Conference: Creating A Peaceful School 2014
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.