LSU Human Sciences & Education to Examine “Bursting the Pipeline”

04/17/2013 10:12 AM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU College of Human Sciences & Education will present “Bursting the Pipeline: An examination of education, social work, and law as a means to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline” on Friday, April 19, at 6 p.m. in the LSU Student Union Capital Chamber. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Louisiana boasts one of the nation’s leading incarceration rates. Bursting the Pipeline will feature a public lecture by Las Vegas Chief Judge Karen Bennett-Haron, who will address the challenges of dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline and critical local issues that contribute to it.

The “school-to-prison pipeline” represents one of the greatest challenges facing both schools and communities at large. The “pipeline” refers to the criminalization of students and student behavior and to the police-like state found in many schools throughout the country.  Effects of criminalizing students include having police officers in school buildings and arresting youth as young as five years old, youth being introduced to the criminal justice system as respondents or defendants, and schools being restructured to model and promote prison-like behaviors such as walking on lines, controlling movements and restricting opportunities for creative expression.  

The school-to-prison pipeline negatively and disproportionally affects communities of color throughout the United States. Given the demographic composition of public schools in Louisiana, the nature of student performance in schools and the manifestation of school-to-prison pipeline approaches in the Baton Rouge area, this topic proves highly relevant to the state.

Bursting the Pipeline is presented by the College of Human Sciences & Education, the Curriculum Theory Project, the School of Social Work, the LSU Law Clinic, the African and African American Studies Program and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

The LSU College of Human Sciences & Education is comprised of six realigned schools, including the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development, the School of Education, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work and the University Laboratory School.

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Billy  Gomila 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013