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D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read)

Author's chat

Dr. Eric Cervini chatted with our students on March 6, 2023. He talked about his novel, The Deviant's War: The Homosexual vs. The United States of America, his struggles growing up,  LGBTQ+ history, rights, and activism.  


Dr. Victor Ríos talked to the students on January 23, 2023, about his life journey from being part of a gang and being incarcerated as a juvenile to becoming a public speaker, professor of Sociology at UCSB, and his work promoting personal transformation and civic engagement.

Authors of San Diego Lowriders, A History of Cars and Cruising Alberto López Pulido and Rigoberto "Rigo" Perez talked to the students on November 7, 2022. The authors talked about their book and their work with lowrider cars. 

Author Gretchen McNeil spoke to our students on September 12, 2022, about her journey as a writer. She spoke about the process of getting published, the struggles she overcame trying to find an agent, and the creative process behind her work.