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Racial Disproportionality, School Discipline and Future Directions: A Community Conversation



VCU Student Commons, Commons Theater
907 Floyd Ave., Richmond, Va. 23284


Research shows that an estimated 19,000 students are suspended out of school every day. This translates to approximately 12 million days of lost instruction each year (Losen, 2015). Today, the vast majority of students being suspended and expelled are black, with districts in the south responsible for 50 percent of all black student expulsions (Smith & Harper, 2015). With such high numbers of students forced out of school, students are more likely to fall behind and face a higher likelihood of entering the juvenile justice system, resulting in what is widely known as the "school-to-prison pipeline."

At this year's VCU School of Education Black History Month Lecture, local youth, artists, organizers and scholars discuss racial disproportionality in school discipline and the school-to-prison pipeline. Light refreshments will be served at a reception following the event.

  • Symposium: 4–5 p.m.


    • Zenobia Bey, Richmond activist and slam poet
    • Kiara Lee and Evandra Catherine, doctoral students from the VCU School of Education
    • Bill Muth and Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, faculty from the VCU School of Education
    • Gina Lyles, juvenile-justice activist from Art180
  • Reception and poster session: 5–7 p.m.

This event is free and open to all. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed, please call the VCU Libraries Events Office, at (804) 828-0593.

Image: Prison Bars, by William Warby


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