Faculty Name

Roberto Gibral-Tarik, Ph.D.




Spanish,World Languages and Cultures



Office Location

The Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center 400, History Department Cubicle


Ph.D.,  Education Policy, Organization and Leadership (emphasis in High School Dropouts) University of California, Santa Barbara, August 1995
M.A.,  Spanish/Hispanic Culture and Civilization.  UC Santa Barbara, CA, June 1977
M.A.,   Hispanic Philology.  Instituto de Filología Hispánica, Saltillo, Coahuila, México 1975
B.A.,   Spanish Literature.  Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY.  December 1974
Georgia Administrative Credential Educational Leadership, 2011
Georgia K-12 Teaching Credential Spanish, 2011
California K-12 Teaching Credential Spanish, 2004
California Vocational Education Teaching Credential in Family/Human Service Occupations 1986
California Community College Teaching Credentials in Spanish (Lifetime), 1980


Dr. Roberto Eduardo Gibraltarik is an author, singer, actor, education consultant, professor and administrator.  He hails from New York with African American, Native American and Latino ancestry.  Dr. G., as he is affectionately called by friends and colleagues, holds a doctorate degree in Educational Policy, Organization and Leadership (EPOL) from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Master of Arts degree in Spanish/Hispanic Culture and Civilization also from UCSB, credits toward a Master of Arts degree in Hispanic Philology from the Instituto de Filología Hispánica, Saltillo, Mexico, and a bachelor degree in Spanish from Buffalo State College, Buffalo, New York.  He is polyglot, speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese and has studied French and Kiswahili.   Dr. G has taught classes in the Departments of Black Studies and Spanish/Portuguese both at University of California, Santa Barbara, City College of San Francisco, Berkeley City College, and Benicia High School in Benicia California. He has also taught Spanish at Clayton State University, Morrow, Georgia, and Spanish, Hispanic Culture and Civilization, and African Diaspora and the World at Spelman and Morehouse colleges in Atlanta, Georgia.  

Dr. G. contends that students are the life-line of our society, our future work force.   It is our job to nurture, support, and to shape them socially, culturally, politically, mentally and academically healthy.  To challenge their intellect, facilitate their learning, and to pass on the baton of ages is why Dr. G. enjoys teaching.   Dr. G ascribes to the motto “A child does not care how much you know, until the child knows how much you care”.

Researching people, places and cultures especially through the lens of the African Diaspora, narrates a history from whence we’ve come…and to where we are destined.  The steadfastness and resilience of a people fortifies Dr. G. as he shares his findings with the upcoming generation.

On a softer side, Roberto loves traveling with his daughters, meeting people, places and cultures, fishing, writing poetry, watching documentaries, theater and on-screen acting and listening to salsa and jazz music.


Instituto de Filología Hispánica, México Universidad de Las Américas, México Universidad de Guadalajara, México


Africa North America South America Caribbean Europe Australia and New Zealand Asia


2016-Present. Adjunct Professor of Spanish. Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia 2015-Present. Lecturer of Spanish and African Diaspora. Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia
2011-2021. Lecturer of Spanish. Clayton State University, Morrow, Georgia
2011-2012 Spanish Teacher. Stockbridge Middle School. Stockbridge, Georgia 2005-2007 Adjunct Professor of Spanish. Berkeley City College, Berkeley, CA 2001-2003 Lecturer of Spanish. City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 1998-2011 Spanish Teacher. Benicia High School, Benicia, California
1994-1995 Lead Teaching Assistant. Black Studies Dept., University of California, Santa Barbara

Courses Taught

Education of the Black Child – UC Santa Barbara
Black Psychology -UC Santa Barbara
Afro-Latino Poets – UC Santa Barbara
Hispanic Culture and Civilization – UCSB, City College of SF, Berkeley City College, Spelman College, Morehouse College
Elementary and Intermediate Spanish – UCSB, CCSF, BCC, Clayton State Univ., Spelman College, Morehouse College
African Diaspora and the World, Spelman College

Research Interests

Public/Private Partnership in Education
Africa’s Legacy to Latin America



ONCE…WE WERE HUMAN, Vol. II, 2022. (A compilation of Social /Historical Poetry).

ONE IN A MILLION: Messages from the Historical Million Man March, 1996. (Collection of my poetry).

Teachers and Administrators Perception of Public/Private Partnership in Education, an updated dissertation in review for publication. (Submitted as Internet Publication)


Co-authored with Emmanuel W. Védrine, “Littérature, Science et Poésie”, Soleil des Iles, Vol.2, No. 17, Juin 1997.

“Africa’s Legacy in Mexico”, University of California, Santa Barbara Center for Black Studies Newsletter, Fall 1994.


Co-authored with Beth Hossfeld, Matt Bowers and Giovanna Taormina. Manual for Boy’s Council, 2008. It is a guide to assist and assure the rights of passage for boys ages 9 through 18.


Los “blues” de Langston Hughes Y el “son” de Nicolas Guillen: una comparación contrastiva, a monograph in review for publication.

Behavioral Health and School Dropouts: A Direct Correlation. Co-authoring an article with a doctoral student. TBA March, 2023.


 Million Man March memories, The Times newspaper, West County. Bay Area California 10/13/1997
Poetry Reading, celebrating 2nd anniversary of MMM, Barnes & Noble, Richmond, CA, 10/16/1997


Roberto Gibral-Tarik, Touch of a Poet, YouTube
Snapshot of Love, movie, Amazon Prime and YouTube
Olaf’s Quest: Just for the Kids, movie, YouTube
Com-pli-cat-ed, movie, by Showtime Productions, episodes 3 on YouTube, episode 5 on Apple TV
Smokin’ Don’t Fit, Roberto Gibraltarik, song and video, YouTube