MJC Of­fers Free “Home­boy Goes To Har­vard” Pre­sen­ta­tion

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The Modesto Ju­nior Col­lege Of­fice of Coun­sel­ing presents “Home­boy Goes to Har­vard” with guest speaker Richard San­tana, Ed. M., on Thurs­day, Oct. 26 at 5:30 p.m. in Sierra Hall, room 132, on West Cam­pus, 2001 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto. The event is open to the public and ad­mis­sion is free. Park­ing is avail­able for $2 in cam­pus lots.

Once a tough-talk­ing Latino gang­ster, now a col­lege-ed­u­cated, na­tion­ally rec­og­nized speaker, San­tana’s jour­ney pro­vides a pow­er­ful and graphic il­lus­tra­tion of cul­tural rel­e­vance in schools. His mov­ing ac­counts of his gang-life ex­pe­ri­ences and how they shaped his be­liefs, at­ti­tudes and self-- ex­pec­ta­tions are in­spir­ing, un­set­tling and thought­pro­vok­ing.

He chal­lenges his au­di­ence to crit­i­cally as­sess their own per­cep­tions and helps them to rec­og­nize how th­ese per­cep­tions in­flu­ence work re­la­tion­ships, ef­fec­tive­ness and pro­duc­tiv­ity.

San­tana’s mes­sage is one of mak­ing choices: be- tween hope and hope­less­ness, be­tween eval­u­at­ing young peo­ple based upon our own stan­dards or ac­cept­ing them in the con­text of their own, be­tween giv­ing up on our most chal­lenged youth or truly be­com­ing their ad­vo­cates.

Founder of Home­boy Goes To Har­vard Pro­duc­tions, San­tana shares his story as a third gen­er­a­tion gang mem­ber who went on to earn a Mas­ter’s de­gree from Har­vard Univer­sity.

He demon­strates to stu­dents and ed­u­ca­tors how he ac­com­plished the change that oc­curred in his life – the change that can oc­cur in any­one’s life.

For more in­for­ma­tion on this event con­tact Ari­ana Gon­za­lez, MJC coun­selor, at (209) 575-6607.

Richard San­tana

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