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Treating children as children

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The Utah Criminal Justice Center presents a series of conversations titled, “UCJC Dare to Care.”

The second conversation is titled, “‘Treating Children as Children: Black Girls’ Resilience in the Face of Systematic Erasure in Schools.” It will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, from 12-1:30 p.m.

During this webinar, Jamilia Blake, associate professor of educational psychology at Texas A&M University, will present the scholarship from her research on racial/ethnic disparities in school discipline and its relation to the school to prison pipeline.

Specifically, Blake’s research focuses on the social and psychological consequences of aggression and victimization for African-American girls, students with disabilities and the disparate impact of school discipline for African-American girls. Her work on inequitable discipline experiences of Black girls has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, NPR and CBS. She is the lead researcher for “Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood” and the lead author for the follow-up work, “Listening to Black Women and Girls: Lived Experiences of Adultification Bias.”

Following the presentation, Blake will engage in a discussion with:

  • Martell Teasley, dean of the College of Social Work, University of Utah
  • Paula Smith, associate professor of Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Utah
  • Jen Molloy, assistant professor of Social Work, University of Montana
  • Moderated by Emily Salisbury, director of the Utah Criminal Justice Center

Please register in advance for this free event here. The link for the presentation will be emailed the day before the event.

Media Contacts

Jennifer Nozawapublic relations specialist, University of Utah College of Social Work