HOMEBOY TO HARVARD
Richard Santana was born in California and became the third generation of his family to join one of the largest gangs in the state. After several years of drugs, crime and violence on the streets, Senor Chocolate (his gang name) experienced a transformation. He discovered real power—through education. Education provided him with opportunities to achieve personal and social growth.
Through positive leadership experiences and the learning process, he eventually went to college. With a strong will and a genuine commitment to make a difference in this world, he graduated from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, Human Development and Psychology / Risk and Prevention Program in 1995. He credits education, community programs, and teachers with paving the way from a life as Senor Chocolate, the gang member—to Richard Santana, the Harvard graduate.