National Health Equity Research Webcast to address the ‘school to prison pipeline’ June 3

May 29, 2014

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health will host the 20th annual National Health Equity Research Webcast on Tuesday, June 3, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The event will be streamed live from the School of Social Work’s Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building auditorium.

comms_minority_health_summer_webcast_logoThe webcast is an interactive symposium that explores the intersection of health, policy and diversity through discussions with a panel of experts and a question-and-answer segment.

This year’s theme is the “School to Prison Pipeline.” The event will feature three 20-minute presentations by nationally renowned speakers Anthony A. Peguero, assistant professor of sociology and research affiliate of the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention at Virginia Tech; Thalia González, assistant professor of politics at Occidental College; and Gary Flowers, chief executive officer of Gary Flowers and Associates. The panel’s moderator is Christopher Hill, director of the Education and Law Project at the North Carolina Justice Center. The presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the studio and remote audiences.

As a preliminary event, the UNC School of Education will host a screening of the short documentary NC School to Prison Pipeline on Monday, June 2, from 3 to 5 p.m. The documentary addresses the impact of stringent suspensions and incarceration on the youth of North Carolina. After the screening, a town hall meeting moderated by Shamika Rhinehart, Assistant District Attorney in Durham, N.C., will engage audience members in a discussion of the film and its subject matter.

The webcast is made possible through the generous sponsorship of several University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill entities, including the Gillings School of Global Public Health, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Student Wellness, School of Medicine’s Office of Special Programs, School of Social Work, School of Education and Student Affairs, as well as Wake Forest University’s Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity.

Both events are free, but registration is required. The webcast will be archived for those unable to attend or stream the event live. More information is available online


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Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: David Pesci, director of communications, (919) 962-2600 or dpesci@unc.edu.