Real Talk for Real Change symposium Oct. 29 to focus on school discipline and policing

Real Talk for Real Change logoSchool discipline and policing continue to be characterized by racial disparities that necessitate structural change. The increased call for school safety has resulted in a punitive system that disproportionately negatively impacts Black and brown students, even when the goal of disciplinary policies is to make students feel safe.

The third event in the Real Talk for Real Change symposia series, Addressing Inequities in School Policies, Policing, and Discipline Practices, seeks to engage campus, community, and national experts in exploring the complex issues surrounding this subject and promote action toward creating more equitable and safe environments for students, staff, and faculty in schools.

The symposium will take place on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 3 to 5 p.m., online, and will feature the following special guests:

  • Kevin Henry, assistant professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, UW–Madison
  • Decoteau Irby, professor, Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Gloria Reyes, president, Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education
  • Corey Saffold, director of safety and security, Verona Area School District
  • Ashley White, assistant professor, Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, UW–Madison

The Real Talk for Real Change symposia series focuses on the critical issues of racial justice in education by centering the voices of UW–Madison scholars of color and community members. Our hope is to share knowledge and facilitate conversations that will equip our UW–Madison and the wider education community to focus on equity in our education policies, curriculum, and practices of teaching and learning.

This partnership between the UW–Madison School of Education’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and office of Professional Learning and Community Engagement (PLACE) was made possible by the generosity of the Wisconsin Center for Education Products and Services (WCEPS) and the School of Education’s Impact 2030 Initiative.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Learn more and register, here.