Tuesday, March 6, 2018 
8:30 am - 9:45 am - Bayshore Ballroom

Keynote Presentation

Equity in Practice, One Child at a Time: Emotional Support in the Lives of Marginalized Young People
Victor Rios, PhD, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara

riosDr. Victor Rios is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His book, Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys (NYU Press, 2011), analyzes how juvenile crime policies, punitive policing, and criminalization affect the everyday lives of urban male youth. Dr. Rios conducts research on inner-city youth experiences with policing, education, and adversity. His forthcoming book, Human Targets: Schools, Police, and The Culture of Control (University of Chicago Press), examines the quality of interactions between gang associated youths and authority figures across institutional settings. He received his doctorate degree at the University of California Berkeley in 2005. Professor Rios has worked with local school districts to develop programs and curricula aimed at improving the quality of interactions between authority figures and youth. Using his personal experience of living on the streets, dropping out of school, and being incarcerated as a juvenile—along with his research findings—he has developed interventions for marginalized youths aimed at promoting personal transformation and civic engagement. These programs have been implemented in Los Angeles, California (Watts); juvenile detention facilities; and alternative high schools. He is also the author of Project GRIT: Generating Resilience to Inspire Transformation (2016); Street Life: Poverty, Gangs, and a Ph.D. (2011); and Buscando Vida, Encontrando Éxito: La Fuerza de La Cultura Latina en la Educación (2016).

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