Hancock Program to Host Acclaimed UCSB Professor Dr. Victor Rios

The April 10 event is open to the public.

Victor RiosAPRIL 2, 2013 -- The College Achievement Now (CAN) program at Allan Hancock College will welcome Dr. Victor Rios as guest speaker at its Happy Hour Lecture Series, Wednesday, April 10, at 5 p.m. in the Santa Maria campus Student Center, G 106A/B.  The public is welcome.

Dr. Rios is an award-winning and distinguished associate professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  His presentation will be both personal and research oriented, and, while it is directed at CAN students, the event is also open to the community.

Dr. Rios uses both his life experiences and his research on motivation, aspirations and resilience among high school and college students to create and deliver powerful keynote presentations to those students, K-12 teachers, parents and academics.  His inspirational life story tells of his journey from poverty, juvenile detention and gangs to a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and a professorship at UCSB.

His research interests include urban ethnography, policing, criminal justice, resilience, motivation and youth culture.  In addition to his presentations, this research has helped him create training guidelines, curriculum and programs that address gang violence prevention, bullying, the achievement/opportunity gap and effective teaching and motivational strategies. 

Also a published author, Dr. Rios' recent book, Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys, analyzes how punitive juvenile crime policies and criminalization affect the everyday lives of urban youth.  He has published on juvenile justice, masculinity, and race and crime in scholarly journals such as The Annals of the Academy of Political and Social Sciences, Latino Studies, and Critical Criminology.

In 2012, Dr. Rios received the Distinguished Teaching Award from UCSB's Academic Senate.  Accolades in 2011 included UCSB’s Harold J. Plous award, and in 2010, the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research.  Each award is given to only one member of the UCSB faculty per academic year. 

In 2010, Dr. Rios received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research, The Margaret T. Getman Service to Students Award and the Office of Residential Life Outstanding Faculty Award.  He also received the "Young Scholar Award" from the American Society of Criminology Division on People of Color.  

CAN, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Education, provides support to low-income and first-generation college students, students with limited English proficiency and/or disabled students.

For more information about this event, contact the CAN office at (805) 922-6966 ext. 3434.

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