Woodring to hold law and social justice forum May 17

Western Today staff

Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education will host Woodring’s 15th Annual Educational Law and Social Justice Forum on Friday, May 17 at 4 p.m. in Miller Hall Room 005.

The forum is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Western’s Journal of Educational Controversy and its Center for Education, Equity and Diversity.

The theme of the forum will be “The School-to-Prison Pipeline and the School-to-Deportation Pipeline.”

The school-to-prison pipeline refers to a national trend in which thousands of students each year are funneled through the public schools and into the juvenile justice system as a result of school policies and practices that increasingly criminalize students rather than educate them. It is a problem that has disproportionally affected students of color, students with disabilities, and students from impoverished and disenfranchised communities.

Panelists of the forum include authors whose articles were published in the current issue of the Journal of Educational Controversy. Panelists will discuss the problems, cases, laws and statistics of Washington.

The forum will be held during Western’s annual Back2Bellingham alumni weekend.

For more information contact Lorraine Kasprisin at (360) 650-3871 or Lorraine.Kasprisin@wwu.edu.