January 6, 2017

Another Day, Another Egregious Act of Violence Against a Black Girl in School

This week, we saw another disturbing video of excessive use of force by a police officer on a Black girl in school. The eight-second video, recorded by a student at Rolesville High School in North Carolina

January 5, 2017

No, I wasn’t angry or mean. I was just a Black girl.

I hated my 10th-grade Spanish class, despite having a cool group assignment in the fall. We spent the semester memorizing “Te Quiero” by DJ Flex. The assignment was great because the song is catchy and we

December 6, 2016

Here’s How You Can Let Her Learn

Hope is hard to come by these days. The last few years have brought us too many stories of girls of color, and particularly Black girls, pushed out of school by discriminatory discipline practices. One Florida

December 2, 2016

Let Her Learn: Reflections of a Former Teacher

I know all too well the feeling of being asked to “turn down the sass.” In my school days, my white classmates and occasionally my well-intentioned white male teachers called me by many of the stereotypes

October 11, 2016

On the Day of the Girl, Let’s Center Black Girls in School

Today is the Day of the Girl, an international call to center and support girls around the world. With that invitation, I’m thinking of all the girls overlooked in conversations about reforming student discipline. Too often

September 9, 2016

Federal Agencies Urge Schools to Limit Role of Police in the Classroom

Too often, we hear about students of color who were arrested and even assaulted by police officers for the kinds of behavior that warrant, at most, a trip to the principal. Consider the African American 16-year-old

June 24, 2016

Affirmative Action Stands Victorious After the Supreme Court Ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas

Yesterday, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of a race-conscious admission program at the University of Texas, Austin. In a 4-3 decision, the court reaffirmed the decision of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Fisher

June 22, 2016

Too Many Black Girls in Preschool Disciplined and Pushed Out

A child’s earliest learning experiences have long-term effects on cognitive and emotional development and academic achievement. That is why it’s so troubling to learn that Black preschool children are 3.6 times more likely to receive one

May 12, 2016

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools is a must read for anyone who has loved, known, taught, considered or judged a Black girl. The book powerfully addresses pushout, which is the structural racism and

September 23, 2014

A Call to Action to Support African American Girls

The headlines are sometimes shocking: A 7 year old African American girl sent home from her charter school and told by school officials that her hairstyle was not "presentable" and violated the dress code, which termed

June 25, 2013

Dear Colleges and Universities, Fisher v. UT Austin Did Not Eliminate Affirmative Action

The best thing about the last week of the Supreme Court's term is that the waiting ends and we can move from predictions (gloomy or otherwise) to analysis.Here's the bottomline from the much anticipated Fisher v.

October 10, 2012

Why the Supreme Court Needs to Uphold UT Austin’s Admissions Plan

On Wednesday, October 10, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of UT Austin’s undergraduate affirmative-action admissions program. The vast majority of students are admitted under the state’s Top Ten Percent Plan, which requires