Webcast Addresses the School-to-Prison Pipeline

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NatlWebcastLogoOn June 2-3, 2014 – Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute along with the School of Social Work and the School of Education at UNC will host the 20th National Health Equity Research Webcast (NHERW). Over the years, the webcast has evolved as a nationally-known and respected program advancing the twin goals of health equity and inclusion. 

“Launched in 1995 as a short-course on minority health research with about a 100 participants,” says Victor J. Schoenbach, Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and one of the events longest-running coordinators, “this annual event now reaches 1,000-2,000 researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and students throughout the nation, making it one of UNC’s most visible contributions to advancing health equity and diversity.”

School to Prison PipelineThe topic for this year’s webcast is “The School-to-Prison Pipeline”. The webcast will span two days and include programs that advance dialogue and research on the local and national impact of the issue. “School to Prison Pipeline” refers to multiple policies and practices enacted within schools such as “zero tolerance”, suspensions and expulsions, school based arrests, disciplinary alternative schools, juvenile detentions and criminal justice procedures for minor infractions.

“The school-to-prison pipeline is a timely and important topic that is being widely discussed and researched throughout the nation. This is a terrifying reality in our nation and an unfortunate growing trend for many of the children sitting in our primary and secondary school classrooms,” says Dr. Taffye Benson Clayton, associate vice chancellor and chief diversity officer at UNC-Chapel Hill. “Selecting this topic for our annual health equity research webcast is an important step in extending the conversation on those social, psychological, economic, and educational factors impacting the lives of children and the ways in which they are channeled toward incarceration and a life in prison and parole systems. I am thrilled that DMA is able to maintain this on-going partnership with the Gillings School of Global Public Health and most recent partnership with the FPG Child Development Institute.”

School-to-Prison Pipeline

Still from “North Carolina’s School to Prison Pipeline”

As a lead-in to the webcast, a special program, “Suspension to Incarceration: the North Carolina Issue” will screen the short documentary NC School to Prison Pipeline on Monday, June 2, 2014 from 3:00-5:00 p.m in Peabody Hall. The documentary addresses the impact of stringent suspensions and incarceration on the youth of North Carolina. The School of Education’s Dean Bill McDiarmid will make opening remarks. After the screening, Durham Assistant District Attorney, Shamieka Rhinehart will lead a town hall meeting to discuss school discipline policies and its disproportionate impact on students of color within North Carolina. This event is co-hosted by the NHERW planning committee, the School of Education at UNC, and Youth Justice North Carolina.

On Tuesday, June 3, 2014 from 1:30-4:30 p.m., the webcast, “School to Prison Pipeline: From Perceptions to Solutions” will be live-streamed from the University’s Tate-Turner-Kuralt School of Social Work auditorium. The webcast is offered as both a live-audience event and an interactive, live-streamed symposium on the web. 

The webcast  will feature three twenty-minute presentations by nationally renowned speakers: Anthony A. Peguero, assistant professor of sociology  and research affiliate of the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention at Virginia Tech; Thalia González, assistant professor of politics at Occidental College; Gary Flowers, CEO of Gary Flowers and Associates. The presentations will be followed by a one and a half hour question-and-answer session with the studio and remote audiences moderated by Christopher Hill, director of the Education and Law Project at the North Carolina Justice Center.

The webcast is made possible through the generous sponsorship from many UNC partners including the Gillings School of Global Public Health; the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs; Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute; Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research; Office of Special Programs, School of Medicine; Student Wellness; School of Social Work; School of Education; Student Affairs, and from Wake Forest University’s Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity.

Both events are free, but registration is required. The webcast will be archived through the Gillings School of Global Public Health NHERW website for those unable to attend or stream the event live. For more information, registration and speaker bios; please visit the webcast webpage at go.unc.edu/nherw.

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