Diversity and Justice Speaker Series: “Antiracism and Health Equity: Exploring the Relationship between Exclusionary School Discipline Law and Politics, Negative Health Outcomes, and Lifelong Hardships for Students of Color” ♥ ✚
Monday, Apr 19, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Diversity and Justice Speaker Series
Professor Thalia González presents “Antiracism and Health Equity: Exploring the Relationship between Exclusionary School Discipline Law and Politics, Negative Health Outcomes, and Lifelong Hardships for Students of Color”
Mon, 04/19/2021 – 1:00pm to 2:30pm
The DJSS Committee is pleased to host Professor Thalia González as part of the Diversity & Justice Speaker Series (DJSS).
She will be presenting her talk, “Antiracism and Health Equity: Exploring the Relationship between Exclusionary School Discipline Law and Politics, Negative Health Outcomes, and Lifelong Hardships for Students of Color” on April 19, 2021, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., via Zoom.
González is an associate professor of politics at Occidental College. A nationally recognized interdisciplinary legal scholar, she explores contemporary theoretical and empirical questions at the intersection of law, society, inequality and public systems. A core theme within her portfolio of work is the examination of how restorative justice operates within law and policy to examine disproportionality, structural inequality, and systematic harm. González has been recognized for her excellence in teaching at Occidental, and currently holds an appointment as a Senior Scholar in the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown University Law Center.
In this talk, Professor Thalia González will explore why the failure to address racialized education laws, policies, and practices (e.g., school policing and school discipline) as part of the emerging antiracist health equity movement requires targeted attention. Drawing on historical evidence from the era of state-sanctioned slavery and contemporary data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection, she will demonstrate how structural discrimination serves as a root cause of differential vulnerability in education systems, perpetuating an epidemic of policing and criminalization in schools. Then she will expose why racialized education laws, policies, and practices are not just “criminal justice” or “civil rights” issues. Specifically, Professor González will apply a public-health lens to school discipline and policing to reveal individual- and aggregate-level health and mental outcomes, with particular attention to race and gender. The talk will conclude with engaged discussion of how we might leverage existing laws and craft new legal responses to racism in education, generate new evidence on the relationship between education policies and differential health outcomes, and train the future generation of scholars, advocates, and practitioners in this area.