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Dr. Victor Rios

Live Online
October 20, 2021 / 12:00 – 1:00 PM PT


Dr. Victor Rios is MacArthur Foundation Chair and Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He received his Ph.D. at the University of California Berkeley in 2005. Professor Rios has worked with local school districts to develop programs for students who have been left behind in their education. 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 students aimed at promoting personal transformation and civic engagement. These programs have been implemented in many schools across the United States; juvenile detention facilities; and alternative high schools. He is also the author of six books including, My Teacher Believes in Me: The Educator’s Guide to At-Promise Students (2019); Street Life: Poverty, Gangs, and a Ph.D. (2011); Buscando Vida, Encontrando Éxito: La Fuerza de La Cultura Latina en la Educación (2016); and Human Targets: Schools, Police, and the Criminalization of Latino Youth (2017).

Dr. Rios has been featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Ted Talks, the Oprah Winfrey Network, Primer Impacto, and National Public Radio. He has had the honor of meeting President Obama and advising his administration on gun violence and policing.  His Ted Talk “Help for kids the education system ignores” has garnered over 1.6 Million views. He is the subject of the documentary film The Pushouts (

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Denise Collazo

Live Online
October 21, 2021 / 12:00 – 1:00 PM PT


Denise is the author of Thriving in the Fight: A Survival Manual for Latinas on the Front Lines of Change. Her book is a finalist in three categories for the 2021 International Latino Book Award including BEST LATINA-THEMED BOOK.

After graduating from Harvard University, she has spent most of her adult life fighting for racial, economic, political and social justice. Along the way she’s picked up some tools and tips on how to do more than just survive as a Latina and woman of color, but to thrive. She serves as Senior Advisor for External Affairs at Faith in Action National Network, the country’s largest faith-rooted community organizing network. Denise is a member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council, an invitation-only community of Executives of successful nonprofit organizations. Her work has been featured in the Miami Herald,, Yes! Magazine, Hip Latina, the Chronicle of Philanthropy and Luz Collective.

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Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Band

Live Online & Facebook
October 21, 2021 / 5:00 - 6:00 PM PT

Family Concert

Join us for a fun evening after a day of learning with a family concert featuring Hawaii’s Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Band! Uncle Wayne  plays children’s music with aloha. The band primarily plays preschools, public libraries, special events, and the ever so popular family happy hour. The Bands mission is to create positive music that kids can enjoy.

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Leticia Galyean, LCSW

Live Online
October 22, 2021 / 12:00 – 1:00 PM PT


Leticia Galyean is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Seneca Family of Agencies, a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing Unconditional Care to youth and their families throughout California and Washington State. She received both her Bachelor’s degree and Masters of Social Work from the University of California, Berkeley.

Leticia began her career with Seneca in 2001 as a Wraparound counselor inspired by the passionate belief that the effects of childhood trauma should be patiently and persistently supported in the context of family and community. Throughout her tenure at Seneca, Leticia has served as Program Director; Regional Executive Director; Executive Director of Data, Evaluation, and Strategic Initiatives; and Chief Operating Officer.

She has developed, led, and evaluated numerous programs across the Bay Area and Central Coast, assisting youth and their families to meet their behavioral health, academic, and permanency goals. Leticia is a frequent presenter at national conferences on Seneca’s Unconditional Care treatment model and behavioral health interventions. As CEO, Leticia oversees all aspects of Seneca including 150+ programs, with 1,400+ employees, serving 18,000+ youth and their families, annually.

She has served as a member of several policy development groups in California at both the county and state-level. Leticia also serves as an active member of the California Alliance for Child & Family Services, California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies, the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, and is a Board member of SOAR for Youth. From the time she was a counselor through her entire tenure at Seneca, Leticia has led with the vision to strengthen the larger systems of care for our most vulnerable youth and their families.

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