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Resisting the Carceral State: Freedom, Self-Determination, and Justice in Education

The Educational Foundations Program at NEIU invites you and your students to the 2019 NEIU Student Forum. The title of this year’s conference is Resisting the Carceral State: Freedom, Self-Determination, and Justice in Education. The focus is on three areas withing the carceral state: prisons, the criminalization of immigration (crimigration), and the school-to-prison nexus.

The conference will be on March 30th, 2019 from 8:30 am to 3 pm. The conference is free for all NEIU and CPS students and teachers, and only $10 for everyone else (covers lunch). Registration is required.

Why the carceral state? Below are some quick facts about the problem of mass incarceration in the US and how schools contribute to this problem:

US Incarceration in Context: The Prison Industrial Complex

Crimigration: The Criminalization of Immigration

The School to Prison Nexus:

Given these statistics, the NEIU Student Forum, aims to develop participants understandings about the problem of mass incarceration and how they can make a difference. Specifically:

  1. How might you be able to better help identify and meet the needs of a young person who has a parent in detention?
  2. How might you recognize students who fear deportation, or who are experiencing trauma due to family separation or fear of separation?
  3. How might you advocate and work in solidarity with young people to disrupt the systems that currently police and surveil young people?
  4. How might educators help students understand the issue of mass incarceration, the prison industrial complex, detention and family separations through curricula that infuses math, history, social studies, English, language arts?
  5. Lastly, how might current and practicing educators critically reflect on their school’s structures, policies and practices related to mass incarceration and the school to prison nexus?

The conference organizers aim to provide professional development on the carceral state as well as resources to translate participants’ understandings into curricula, teaching approaches and school policies and practices. CPDU’s are available for teachers.  

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