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May 30th, 2023


Incarceration has become a vicious cycle that is difficult to break. Incarceration not only affects the individual who is imprisoned, but also their families and communities. Breaking the cycle of incarceration requires a multifaceted approach that addresses the root causes of negative behavior and provides support and resources to those who have been impacted by the justice system.

By taking a comprehensive approach to breaking the cycle of incarceration, we can create a more just and equitable society for all.

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A free event

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University of San Diego
Tuesday May 3oth, 2023.
Hahn University Center
5998 Alcala Park Way, 92110

Meet The Speakers

Maria Elena Greeman-Lynde

Master of Ceremonies

Maria Elena Greeman-Lynde grew up in the Coachella Valley and established herself in San Diego in 2011. As a community college student, Maria Elena used her personal experience with the criminal justice system to empower individuals from previously incarcerated and marginalized groups; by providing resources and giving sound to their voices. She is the co-founder of the Urban Scholars Union at San Diego City College, and has also sat on the California Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights. She if the former Justice Impacted Community Liaison for the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties where she supported the National ACLU's Smart Justice Campaign. 

Maria Elena is currently the Founder and CEO of Homegirlz del Corazón Inc., which provides opportunities for women coming from  communities of color who have been impacted by poverty, violence, addiction, gang involvement, and incarceration to be empowered through healing, self-actualization, and by recreating their own personal narrative of resilience. 

Dr. Alberto "Beto" Vasquez


Dr. Beto Vasquez is an interdisciplinary scientist at UC San Diego’s Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment and Teaching Excellence (CREATE). He also serves as the Associate Director of STEM Engagement & Institutional Relations with the Early Academic Outreach Programs (EAOP), and Associate Director of Educational Equity with the San Diego Nanotechnology Infrastructure (SDNI).

Dr. Vasquez is very active in the community and has assisted with designing programs and events (supporting education, social justice, justice reform, system-impacted populations, and minorities in STEM), and uses his story (school dropout, homelessness, incarceration and addiction); to motivate others and inspire his work.

Professor Martin Leyva


Martin Leyva is the Program Coordinator for Project Rebound at California State University-San Marcos. He is a current student in the Joint Doctoral Program at UCSD/CSUSM in Education and holds an MA in Sociological Practice, a BA in Liberal Arts/Psychology from Antioch University and is CAADE Certified Drug and Alcohol Treatment Counselor. 


Emphasis in Prison Industrial Complex, Prisoner, Reentry and Recidivism; Youth and Gangs, Gang Injunctions, Gang Intervention, Prevention and Street Restorative Justice; Social Justice, Equality, Equity, and Intersectionality.