Acclaimed author Victor Villaseñor will be the featured speaker at a Cal State San Bernardino event presented by the university’s Institute for Child Development and Family Relations.

Villaseñor, who is known for his bestselling book, “Rain of Gold,” and other works, will appear at CSUSB on Wednesday, April 20, at noon at the Santos Manuel Student Union 106AB. The program, offered in-person socially distanced as well as virtually, is free and open to the public.

Reservations for in-person are limited and may be made online on the program’s Eventbrite webpage.

To register for the virtual presentation through Zoom, go to the Victor Villaseñor Webinar Registration webpage.

Villaseñor speaks as vividly as he writes. In his candid and heartfelt manner, he will tell you why he recorded his family’s history in the “Rain of Gold” trilogy and how personal family histories empower us, as he speaks about the strength of women, pride of heritage, the importance of perseverance, education, and personal achievement.

His dreams of becoming a great writer never faltered. After encountering language and cultural barriers, dyslexia, dropping out of high school and countless rejections, he has become an award-winning and prolific national best-selling author.

Presenting Villaseñor’s talk with the Institute for Child Development and Family Relations are the President’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Board, the John M. Pfau Library, First Peoples’ Center and Psi Chi Psychology International Honors Society.

Face coverings are required on campus. For the latest guidance, visit the Return of the Pack website.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in the event, please contact Kim McDonald at or (909) 537-3679 prior to April 17.