December 4, 2015— On November 13, Lecturer in Law Jyoti Nanda participated on a White House panel, “Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color: A Research Agenda for the Next Decade,” a day-long conference which was co-hosted by the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University and the White House Council on Women and Girls.
Professor Nanda spoke about forms of violence and discussed her current research on the educational and legal consequences of the unaddressed trauma caused to girls/young women by the presence of police on K-12 campuses. She called for a paradigm shift: an elimination of the reliance of school resource officers/school policy on K-12 campuses and redirection of funding to focus on overall well-being.
The conference had over 100 attendees. Highlights included speeches from Valerie Jarret (Senior Advisor to the President), Loretta Lynch (Attorney General of the United States), Melissa Harris Perry (professor & political commentator/host) and MC Lyte (emcee-songwriter, mentor). The event was the initiation point for a year-long process to develop a research agenda for the next decade that focuses on women and girls of color.
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