Effron “Donnie” Veal


Program Coordinator, Rising Scholars Cabrillo College

Effron “Donnie” Veal, is an education advocate. After 23 years in prison, Donnie emerged as a beacon of resilience, navigating academia and societal reintegration since his release. His journey from confinement to community empowerment exemplifies the transformative power of education and determination. Donnie earned his undergraduate degree in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz in 2023.