Equity in Practice, One Student at a Time: Emotional Support in the Lives of Marginalized Students
Research on students who overcome adversity to successfully navigate the higher education pipeline has demonstrated that resilience is often actuated by an emotionally-relevant educator. Dr. Victor Rios will emphasize the importance of emotional support from educators in the lives of marginalized students and discuss how we, as educators, can play a powerful role in guiding students that have been left behind. He will provide examples of practical strategies that work in helping at-promise students succeed in higher education. He will also share some insights from his research on cultural relevance, emotional support, and resilience in order to demonstrate practical strategies for implementing this support in everyday school practices.
Dr. 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 youth. Dr. Rios also conducts research on inner city youth experiences with policing, education, and adversity. His latest book Human Targets: Schools, Police, and The Politics of Youth Crime (University of Chicago Press), examines the quality of interactions between gang associated youths and authority figures across institutional settings. He received his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley in 2005. Since then, Professor Rios has been working with local school districts and police departments to develop programs and trainings aimed at improving the quality of interaction between authority figures and youths.
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 which are 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.