University of Pittsburgh
July 9, 2007

Pitt's Center on Race and Social Problems to Hold One-Day Summer Institute on Race and School Discipline


Sharon Blake


Cell: 412-277-6926

PITTSBURGH-Scholars, educators, and community leaders will convene at the University of Pittsburgh July 13 for a summer institute titled Racial and Ethnic Disproportionality in School Discipline. The all-day meeting, hosted by Pitt's Center on Race and Social Problems, will take place at the School of Social Work Conference Center on the 20th floor of the Cathedral of Learning, 4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland.

Attendees will examine racial and ethnic issues in school discipline, seek solutions to existing problems, and explore opportunities for collaborative research. The cost of the institute is $95.00. A check-in and continental breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided. For more information, call 412-624-7382.

Speakers and their topics include:

9:15-10:15 a.m.

"Overview: Racial/Ethnic Issues in School Discipline & Comprehensive Disciplinary Approaches," Russell Skiba, professor of counseling and educational psychology, School of Education, Indiana University at Bloomington;

10:45-11:30 a.m.

"Racial/Ethnic and Gender Differences in School Discipline Among High School Students: 1991-2005," John Wallace, associate professor, and Sara Goodkind, assistant professor, Pitt School of Social Work;

12:45-1:30 p.m.

"Racial/Ethnic Problems in School Discipline and Solutions," Pedro Noguera, professor of teaching and learning, New York University School of Culture, Education, and Human Development;

2-2:45 p.m.

"School Discipline in Ecological Context and Actions to Reduce Disparities," Linda Raffaele Mendez, associate professor of school psychology, University of South Florida College of Education; and

3:15-4 p.m.

"Lessons From the School Discipline Reform Project," Monique Dixon, senior attorney, Advancement Project, a Washington D.C.-based policy, communications, and legal action group committed to racial justice.