March 26, 2012
Victor Rios grew up in Oakland, California, in the 1980s and ’90s. A former gang member and juvenile delinquent, Rios escaped the dismal fate of many of his friends and earned a Ph.D. at University of California, Berkeley. He conducted a three-year sociological study of how young Latino and African-American boys in Oakland develop their selfhood and worldview in the midst of pervasive crime and intense policing. His lecture and book by the same title examine the lives of the young men in his study, who face punitive policies and limited opportunities in their schools and communities. Dr. Rios’s book is available at the Coop Store and is owned by the IUP Libraries.
Pan-African Studies, Latin American Studies, the African American Cultural Center, the Department of Sociology, the College of Education and Educational Technology, the College of Health and Human Services, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and other IUP entities and organizations.