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The Pioneer

From East Oakland to Ph.D.

From East Oakland to Ph.D.

Evelyn Tijero,
Photographer
January 25, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Campus, Features

Before Dr. Victor Rios became a professor at UC Santa Barbara and an author of five books, he grew up in one of the poorest neighborhoods in East Oakland. Surrounded by drugs, gangs and violence, he joined a local gang for protection by age 14. Beating the odds, Rios was the only one in his family to atte...

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