MEDIA ADVISORY: Educational Panel with MacArthur Award-winner and Actress Anna Deavere Smith Spotlights Topic of “School-to-Prison Pipeline”

MEDIA ADVISORY: Educational Panel with MacArthur Award-winner and Actress Anna Deavere Smith Spotlights Topic of “School-to-Prison Pipeline”
June, 2016 Client News

WHAT: In “Excerpts from Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education,” Anna Deavere Smith turns her attention to “the school-to-prison pipeline” and performs striking portraits culled from interviews she conducted with more than 200 individuals across the nation affected by the pipeline’s devastating policies – capturing the dynamics of a rapidly shifting social issue through her trademark performance technique. The presentation, taking place at The Old Globe on Monday, June 6 shines a much-needed light on a pressing social issue: the systematic criminalization of minor infractions in schools that leads to tragically high rates of incarceration among minority young people.

On Tuesday, June 7, National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) will host Smith along with other community leaders for an educational panel allowing 35 students from Hoover High School to have an engaging dialogue about what they learned from her presentation, how it impacts them and how San Diego can help foster positive change for our youth.

The panel is being held at Hoover High School due to their commitment to becoming a restorative school through student and staff trainings as well as implementing restorative processes to interrupt “the school-to-prison pipeline.” This particular class that Smith is visiting has been trained as student restorative circle facilitators and is passionate about keeping students in school and making Hoover High School the best and most successful high school in the district.

This event will continue NCRC’s mission to provide resources, training and expertise to help people, organizations and communities manage and solve conflicts, with civility. The organization serves as the primary resource and support for the San Diego Unified School District’s restorative practices program. In July 2014, the San Diego Unified School District set out with a goal of becoming a more restorative district, in order to better serve students. In addition to revising the uniform discipline code and eliminating many mandatory expulsions at certain schools, it encouraged campuses to positively impact school climate by developing restorative responses to discipline issues. The ultimate goal is to have all campuses within SDUSD equipped with restorative options, when issues with students arise

Panelists include:

  •  Anna Deavere Smith
  • Jose Campas, former Crawford High student and City Heights community member
  • Felicia Singleton-Daniels, program manager at the Office of Youth Advocacy, San Diego Unified School District
  • Ivan Picazo, sergeant, School Police, San Diego Unified School District
  • A local student who has been trained in Restorative Practices
  • Steven P. Dinkin, president of National Conflict Resolution Center will serve as the panel moderator.
  • Opening remarks to be given by Superintendent Cindy Marten.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 from 9:10 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
Spokespersons will be available for interview immediately after the panel.

BEST TIME TO COVER: 9:10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

WHERE: Hoover High School
4474 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92115
Panel will take place in the Library.

NOTE: Media may park in the lot on campus. Street parking is also available. Please check in at front desk.

VISUALS AND SPOKESPERSONS:

  • Anna Deavere Smith
  • Steven P. Dinkin, president of National Conflict Resolution Center
  • Jose Campas, former Crawford High student and City Heights community member. Jose is fluent in Spanish.
  • A local student who has been trained in Restorative Practices
  • An interactive panel will take place in a classroom setting with 35 students.

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT:

  • This panel brings students together with high profile actress Anna Deavere Smith to learn why she cares about these issues that affect them.
  • This panel gives students the opportunity to interact with and ask questions from representatives from San Diego Unified School district, local law enforcement and partners who are in charge of bringing educational resources and support to campus.
  • The panel is being held at Hoover High School, a school in San Diego Unified School District that has been particularly affected by this issue and is making positive strides to strengthen their community and help students have productive and positive life paths.
  • According to a recent report by UCLA’s Civil Rights Project, “High School suspensions can cost the country $35 billion annually.”
  • According to a recent report by UCLA’s Civil Rights Project, “High School suspensions can cost the country $35 billion annually.”
  • Despite striking reductions in juvenile incarceration, San Diego, continues to show significant racial and ethnic disparities in its juvenile justice system:
    • African-American youth make up 7% of the county’s youth population but 24% of the referrals to the juvenile justice system.
    • Latino youth make up 29% of the county’s youth population by 49% of the referrals to the juvenile justice system.
    • African-American & Latino youth make up 36% of San Diego’s youth population, but 73% of referrals to its juvenile justice system.
    • African-American youth are referred at 6.17 times the rate of white youth; Latino youth are referred at 3.13 times the rate of white youth
    • Source: Community Connections for Youth

About the National Conflict Resolution Center
National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) provides the resources, training and expertise to help people, organizations and communities around the world manage and solve conflicts, with civility. Built on the principle that every dispute has a solution, NCRC serves a variety of communities in both the public and private sectors – regionally, nationally and internationally. The organization’s mission is to resolve issues with the highest possible degree of civility and equitability to all parties involved.

NCRC was founded in 1983 by the University of San Diego Law Center and the San Diego County Bar Association. With more than 30 years of experience and over 20,000 cases managed, NCRC is recognized as an international leader in mediation instruction and conflict resolution. To learn more, donate or volunteer please call 619-238-2400 or visit www.ncrconline.com. Connect with NCRC on Facebook and Twitter.

About Anna Deavere Smith
Anna Deavere Smith is an internationally recognized theater artist and is perhaps best known for her television and movie roles in “The West Wing,” “Nurse Jackie,” “The American President,” and most recently, “Black-ish.” Smith has won numerous professional accolades, including a MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius Grant,’ a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Tony Award nomination, and a National Humanities Medal from President Obama in 2012. Smith has been most influential in pioneering the techniques of what is now popularly known as “verbatim theater,” the performance of testimony from interviews with real people to explore issues of race, community, and identity. She is currently a university professor at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

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