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January 23, 2021, 10:45 PM

LGBTQ+ Youth and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

A talk by Sonny Partola (he, him, his)
Graduate Teaching Assistant and PhD Student, University of Utah

This presentation will help educators, families, and community members better understand the links between the experiences of LGBTQ+ youth, schools discipline, and mass incarceration, highlight the ways young LGBTQ+ people resist oppressive forces, and suggest alternatives to the current punitive practices employed by schools and educators. In addition to supporting and providing a space for LGBTQ+ youth of Color, the implementation of restorative practices also benefits other students, school staff, and the community. This presentation will allow schools, educators, families, and researchers to better understand the experiences of LGBTQ+ students. LGBTQ+ youth are punished more often than their White, heterosexual peers (GLSEN, 2020). Exploring the specific actions that schools take to pushout these students provides the opportunity to change policies and practices of school discipline, assuring that all students are thriving within our schools and communities, as opposed to merely surviving.

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