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Read 2 Succeed: Mona Ruiz

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Read 2 Succeed

Read 2 Succeed @ Norco College is a college wide reading program sponsored by the Wilfred J. Airey Library in partnership with various other campus constituency groups and programs. Each fall and spring semester, a book is selected to be the focus of a college wide read including our students, staff, faculty and local community members. Events surrounding each book include: a book discussion, a student panel discussion, and a speaking engagement and book signing by the author of the book. Additionally, refreshments and book-related prize giveaways are offered at each event.

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Our Read 2 Succeed college wide read book selection for spring 2014 is Two Badges by Mona Ruiz.

In 1989, Mona Ruiz joined the Santa Ana Police Department (California).  She has worked patrol, gangs and narcotics.  A native of Santa Ana, she became a police officer after overcoming her youthful involvement with gangs and an abusive marriage. According to Arte Publico Press, “This engrossing memoir charts Ruiz’s journey toward self-identity, tracing the tortuous path of her life—a life in photo of mona ruizwhich Ruiz assumed contradictory roles: gang chola, high school drop-out, disowned daughter, battered wife, welfare mother, student, and policewoman. At each step in the journey, Ruiz faced violence, ridicule, and skepticism. She nevertheless prevailed in exchanging her badge of social defiance for one of protecting her community.”