RSVP Today! Be Her Resource: School Resource Officers and Girls of Color


Grassroots Education Series
RSVP Today:

Be Her Resource: School Resource Officers and Girls of Color 

Thursday, April 5th 2:00-3:00pm ET

Today there are an estimated 30,000 officers now in schools, up from roughly 100 in the 1970s. Although the stated purpose of these officers is to maintain a sense of safety, a very troubling consequence is greater arrest rates and referrals for minor disruptive behaviors — with especially harsh results for girls of color.  

According to 2013-2014 data from the U.S. Department of Education, Black girls are 2.6 times as likely to be referred to law enforcement on school grounds as white girls, and black girls are almost 4 times as likely to get arrested at school. Disparities affecting Latinas are especially severe in elementary school where they are 2.7 times more likely to be arrested than young white girls. In light of this data, schools and districts must work to improve interactions between girls of color and school resource officers (SROs), striving to keep girls of color safe and supported in schools and reduce disproportionate rates of contact in the justice system.

Join us as we discuss a new toolkit, Be Her Resource: A Toolkit about School Resource Officers and Girls of Color, which offers strategies and much needed guidance to improve relations between SROs and girls of color at schools. The toolkit, developed by National Black Women’s Justice Institute and Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality, is centered on first-of-their-kind focus groups and interviews with SROs and girls to learn first-hand perspectives about their interactions.  

Our speakers will include:

Monique W. Morris, Ed.D., Co-Founder and President, National Black Women’s Justice Institute

Rebecca Epstein, Executive Director, Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality

Marianna Islam, Director of Programs & Advocacy, Schott Foundation for Public Education (moderator)

Come with questions, insights, and calls to action during our Q&A session at the end!
Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #GrassrootsEd.

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About the Speakers

Esteniolla Maitre & Carlos Rojas AlvarezEsteniolla Maitre and Carlos Rojas Alvarez

Collectively, Esteniolla and Carlos have 20 years of experience in community organizing in immigrant, racial and school equity justice. The core of their work has always been Action & Support, a model created by Youth on Board that places mutual listening, healing and self-awareness as key to mobilizing communities. They grew up in the model as youth organizers in the Boston Student Advisory Council, Youth on Board’s co-administered program of young people advocating for the rights of students. Now, they manage the national expansion of Action & Support through Youth on Board’s ListeningWorks project, which was created in response to the hate and deep divisions in the United States since the November 2016 elections. To date, Esteniolla and Carlos have trained over 300 national and Massachusetts-based organizers from organizations such as United We Dream, Black Lives Matter, Generation Citizen Massachusetts, Indivisible and Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ).

Marianna IslamMarianna Islam

Marianna Islam is the Director of Programs and Advocacy at the Schott Foundation for Public Education where she works with the program team to develop and implement the Foundation’s resource delivery strategy. Marianna brings over a decade of experience in the philanthropic sector, having served as the Associate Project Director for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Roadmaps to Health Community Grants Programs at Community Catalyst and Vice President of Community Impact Initiatives at the United Way of Central Massachusetts. Marianna brings passion to her role as a philanthropic leader, youth worker and community organizer for racial, gender, economic and social justice. Facilitating learning communities, addressing structural racism and empowering marginalized communities are long-standing threads in her work. Marianna is charged by her experiences as a parent, formerly undocumented immigrant, Muslima and woman of color to center and elevate the voices of marginalized communities in social justice movements. Marianna is a founding member of Massachusetts Women of Color Coalition. She has an undergraduate degree in Policy Studies from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.