Vanessa McCullers, Kumari Ghafoor-Davis, Dr. Shaun Harper, Idara Wood, Dr. Luke Wood
Sunday, 10 a.m.
Stringent school policies and practices and an increased role of law enforcement in schools have created a sometimes toxic environment driving the school-to-prison pipeline. This issue seeps beyond the doors of the department of education. The disproportionate amount of Black children, especially boys, that are driven out of schools and into the criminal justice system makes it clear that this is also a racial justice crisis.
Changing the Narrative: The School-to-to-Prosperity timeline will not only examine the history of this phenomenon but will also look at ways educators and organizations are working to solve this problem. From early childhood to post-secondary education, we’ll break down the elements that add fuel to the pipeline like unconscious biases and the criminalization of young black men. We’ll also address the experiences of Black males in education. This panel will discuss ways in which that pipeline can be eradicated such as explicit training for educators, increasing the number of Black educators in hopes to give every Black child the opportunity to survive and thrive.
Kumari Ghafoor-Davis, Founder of Optimistic Expectations. Kumari educates parents and education professionals to ensure that they are are nurturing the whole child to be emotionally, mentally, socially and academically successful
Dr. Shaun Harper, Provost Professor, Rossier School of Education and Marshall School of Business at USC. Executive Director of the Race and Equity Center.
Idara Wood, Professor of Early Childhood Education, Department of Child and Family Development at San Diego State University. Her work her work employs counter-storytelling as a lens to illuminate cross-racial dynamics in early childhood contexts.
Dr. Luke Wood, Professor of Education in the College of Education at San Diego State University. Professor of a nationally broadcast course titled “Black Minds Matter: A Focus on Black Boys and Men in Education.”