Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Stacey Riemer
The purpose of my project was to develop a program for Kindergarten through high school institutions, which would lower the racial discipline gap and ultimately intervene in the school-to-prison pipeline. The conceptualization of this project began with the realization that even with the resources and opportunities to attend high quality schools, black students would still be at a disadvantage. They still have a higher likelihood of being at the receiving end of disciplinary measures than any other racial group. Through extensive research, investigation into school disciplinary policy and applicable course materials, it becomes clear that a more collective approach to existing strategies to address the gap is necessary. Although there are effective workshops and policies, which have proven to lower the gap on a school-to-school basis, there is need for a standard program that will combine those efforts and can be implemented more universally.