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Dr. Mario Galicia Jr is the youngest of 3 born to Mexican immigrants. He was born in Los Angeles and raised in San Bernardino CA., where he graduated from San Bernardino High School in 2000. He then transferred from Moreno Valley College to UC Santa Barbara in the fall of 2006. By the summer of 2008 Mario had graduated with a dual bachelor’s degree, with honors, in Sociology and Chicana/o Studies. Later that fall he began his graduate studies in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, at UC Santa Barbara.

His research focuses on the school to prison pipeline and finding solutions to combat school discipline issues, particularly those borne from, or influenced by zero tolerance policies. Mario spent five (5) years observing a gang and violence intervention program in the central coast of California. Through his research he has found positive, and constructive, ways to relay information between schools and students and their families.

Mario is also an avid keynote and motivational speaker that has delivered three (3) student commencement speeches: (Riverside Community College (2005); UC- Santa Barbara (2008 & 2015). He is a gifted classroom educator as Dr. Galicia was awarded the prestigious UC- Santa Barbara Graduate Student Teaching Award in the spring of 2015. Out of hundreds of applicants, only 4 students are awarded this accolade every year. Later that spring, Dr. Galicia became the first member of his family to graduate with a Ph. D.

He is currently employed with the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, at UC- Santa Barbara, and also provides educational consulting to students, parents, teachers, administrators, across the state of California. Doctor Galicia’s consulting work builds off of over 10 years of his own research, primarily focusing on issues of equity, “at- promise” youth and student / school socio- emotional relationships. He uses culturally relevant educational models as foundational frameworks for discussing issues, and solutions to, educational equity. Mario still lives in Santa Barbara, where he is an active community member serving as board member of various organizations, while he works on writing and raising his three (3) lovely children alongside his wife, and college sweetheart, Maria.

“His research focuses on the school to prison pipeline and finding solutions to combat school discipline issues, particularly those borne from, or influenced by zero tolerance policies. ”

Ph.D. student Mario Galicia reflects on beloved tragedy-stricken San Bernardino