Is Separation the Solution?: A Convening to Discuss the Theory and Practice of Gender-Based School Reforms for At-Risk Students of Color

In recent years, single-sex education has been promoted as a critical intervention to target achievement disparities and related challenges facing boys of color. While the prevalence of single-sex education has steadily declined throughout the nation as a whole, single-sex classrooms have re-emerged as an attractive option within initiatives such as My Brothers Keeper and other male empowerment programs. Gender-separated interventions have been premised on the assumption that boys and girls of color face distinct disparities, and that these unique challenges are best approached by distinctly gendered approaches to education.   

This convening will bring together researchers, practitioners, advocates and philanthropic partners to explore the rise of gender-separate approaches to public education reform.  Among the central questions to be considered are: What conceptions of racial justice and gender difference underwrite the move to gender-separate solutions to low-achievement?   Are there gender disparities in private and public resources being made available to address the needs of boys of color and girls of color?  If so, how can this problem be addressed?  What legal issues are raised by the proliferation of single-sex classes and schools, and how can we ensure that Title IX and constitutional protections are enforced?  What role should philanthropy and community engagement play in elevating the values of  race and gender equity in contemporary school reform?



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  Juliet Williams is a Professor of Gender Studies and Associate Dean of Social Sciences at UCLA research and teaching specializations include feminist theory, masculinity studies, gender and the law, gender and education, and feminist cultural studies..

 

Juliet Williams is a Professor of Gender Studies and Associate Dean of Social Sciences at UCLA research and teaching specializations include feminist theory, masculinity studies, gender and the law, gender and education, and feminist cultural studies..

Michael J. Dumas is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley in the Graduate School of Education and the African American Studies Department. His research sits at the intersection(s) of the cultural politics of Black education, the cultural political economy of urban education, and the futurity of Black childhood(s).

Michael J. Dumas is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley in the Graduate School of Education and the African American Studies Department. His research sits at the intersection(s) of the cultural politics of Black education, the cultural political economy of urban education, and the futurity of Black childhood(s).

Galen Sherwin is a senior staff attorney at the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, where she where she works primarily on equality for women and girls in education and employment, with a focus on sex stereotypes and discrimination on the basis of pregnancy and lactation.

Galen Sherwin is a senior staff attorney at the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, where she where she works primarily on equality for women and girls in education and employment, with a focus on sex stereotypes and discrimination on the basis of pregnancy and lactation.

Rebecca S. Bigler is Professor of Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Ze studies the causes and consequences of social stereotyping and prejudice among children, with a particular focus on gender and racial attitudes.

Rebecca S. Bigler is Professor of Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Ze studies the causes and consequences of social stereotyping and prejudice among children, with a particular focus on gender and racial attitudes.

Lisalyn R. Jacobs is the CEO, of Just Solutions: Bringing in justice to counteract injustice, and the former V.P. of Government Relations for Legal Momentum (formerly NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund). She has testified before congressional committees at both the state and federal levels.

Lisalyn R. Jacobs is the CEO, of Just Solutions: Bringing in justice to counteract injustice, and the former V.P. of Government Relations for Legal Momentum (formerly NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund). She has testified before congressional committees at both the state and federal levels.

Jyoti Nanda has been at UCLA School of Law since 2003. Her scholarship interests are in civil rights, social justice advocacy and the ways in which children and youth intersect with the juvenile justice system – with a particular focus on girls and young women.

Jyoti Nanda has been at UCLA School of Law since 2003. Her scholarship interests are in civil rights, social justice advocacy and the ways in which children and youth intersect with the juvenile justice system – with a particular focus on girls and young women.

Barbara Smith is a groundbreaking publisher, activist, author and teacher who has played a significant role in building and sustaining Black Feminism in the United States. She has been visiting professor, writer in residence, freelance writer, and lecturer at numerous universities and research institutions..

Barbara Smith is a groundbreaking publisher, activist, author and teacher who has played a significant role in building and sustaining Black Feminism in the United States. She has been visiting professor, writer in residence, freelance writer, and lecturer at numerous universities and research institutions..

 
Malika Saada Saar is a Washington-based advocate for women and girls’ rights. She is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Project for Girls, a new effort focused on the human rights of vulnerable girls in the U.S. She is also the co-founder and former director of The Rebecca Project for Human Rights.

Malika Saada Saar is a Washington-based advocate for women and girls’ rights. She is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Project for Girls, a new effort focused on the human rights of vulnerable girls in the U.S. She is also the co-founder and former director of The Rebecca Project for Human Rights.

Tyrone Howard is a UCLA GSEIS Professor of Education, Associate Dean for Equity & Inclusion, the Faculty Director for Center X and Director of Black Male Institute. Best known for his scholarship on race, culture, and education, Dr. Howard is one of the most renowned scholars on educational equity, the African American educational experience, Black males, and urban schools.

Tyrone Howard is a UCLA GSEIS Professor of Education, Associate Dean for Equity & Inclusion, the Faculty Director for Center X and Director of Black Male Institute. Best known for his scholarship on race, culture, and education, Dr. Howard is one of the most renowned scholars on educational equity, the African American educational experience, Black males, and urban schools.

Erin Pahlke is a Professor of Psychology at Whitman College whose research focusses on how children and adolescents form their views of race and gender, what the consequences of those views of are, and the impact of experiences with racial and gender diversity of academic and socio-emotional outcomes.

Erin Pahlke is a Professor of Psychology at Whitman College whose research focusses on how children and adolescents form their views of race and gender, what the consequences of those views of are, and the impact of experiences with racial and gender diversity of academic and socio-emotional outcomes.

Priscilla Ocen is an Associate Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, where she teaches criminal law, family law and a seminar on race, gender and the law. Her work examines the relationship between race and gender identities and punishment.

Priscilla Ocen is an Associate Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, where she teaches criminal law, family law and a seminar on race, gender and the law. Her work examines the relationship between race and gender identities and punishment.

 

 

Kimberlé Crenshaw co-founded the AAPF and serves as the Executive Director. Crenshaw, Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, is a leading authority in the area of Civil Rights, Black feminist legal theory, and race, racism and the law. Her articles have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, National Black Law Journal, Stanford Law Review and Southern California Law Review.

Kimberlé Crenshaw co-founded the AAPF and serves as the Executive Director. Crenshaw, Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, is a leading authority in the area of Civil Rights, Black feminist legal theory, and race, racism and the law. Her articles have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, National Black Law Journal, Stanford Law Review and Southern California Law Review.

  Diane Halpern: Dean Emerita of Social Sciences at Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute and Professor of Psychology, Emerita at Claremont McKenna College.

 

Diane Halpern: Dean Emerita of Social Sciences at Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute and Professor of Psychology, Emerita at Claremont McKenna College.

  Abigail Saguy: Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at UCLA and author of What's Wrong with Fat? (2013, Oxford University Press) and What is Sexual Harassment? From Capitol Hill to the Sorbonne

 

Abigail Saguy: Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at UCLA and author of What's Wrong with Fat? (2013, Oxford University Press) and What is Sexual Harassment? From Capitol Hill to the Sorbonne

Pedro Noguera: Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University. Dr. Noguera is a sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional, and global contexts.

Pedro Noguera: Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University. Dr. Noguera is a sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional, and global contexts.

An assistant professor in sociology, Professor Hunter is faculty in the department of African American Studies, and a faculty affiliate at the Ralph Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA.

An assistant professor in sociology, Professor Hunter is faculty in the department of African American Studies, and a faculty affiliate at the Ralph Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA.

Michael Messner is Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at University of Southern California whose work focusses on gender and sports, sports media, and men, feminism and politics.

Michael Messner is Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at University of Southern California whose work focusses on gender and sports, sports media, and men, feminism and politics.

Linda Sax is a Professor of Education at UCLA GSEIS whose work focusses on gender differences in college student development, undergraduate science education, single-sex education, and higher education assessment.

Linda Sax is a Professor of Education at UCLA GSEIS whose work focusses on gender differences in college student development, undergraduate science education, single-sex education, and higher education assessment.

Barbara Arnwine is the president & founder of Transformative Justice Coalition, is internationally renowned for contributions on critical justice issues including the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1991 and the 2006 reauthorization of provisions of the Voting Rights Act. 

Barbara Arnwine is the president & founder of Transformative Justice Coalition, is internationally renowned for contributions on critical justice issues including the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1991 and the 2006 reauthorization of provisions of the Voting Rights Act. 

Professor Williams is a Profess in the University Of Cincinnati College Of Law, co-director of the university’s joint-degree program in Law and Women’s Studies, a signature program of the College of Law. Professor Williams teaches in the areas of family law, gender discrimination, and constitutional law.

Professor Williams is a Profess in the University Of Cincinnati College Of Law, co-director of the university’s joint-degree program in Law and Women’s Studies, a signature program of the College of Law. Professor Williams teaches in the areas of family law, gender discrimination, and constitutional law.

Dennis Parker is director of the ACLU Racial Justice Program, leading its efforts in combating discrimination and addressing other issues with a disproportionate impact on communities of color. 

Dennis Parker is director of the ACLU Racial Justice Program, leading its efforts in combating discrimination and addressing other issues with a disproportionate impact on communities of color. 

Walter Allen is a Distinguished Professor of Education and Sociology and the Allan Murray Cartter Chair in Higher Education and UCLA GSEIS. His work focusses on comparative race, ethnicity and inequality, family studies, and diversity in higher education.

Walter Allen is a Distinguished Professor of Education and Sociology and the Allan Murray Cartter Chair in Higher Education and UCLA GSEIS. His work focusses on comparative race, ethnicity and inequality, family studies, and diversity in higher education.

Lateefah Simon is program director for the Rosenberg Foundation, which seeks to change the odds for Californians through statewide grantmaking to support policy change. She is a longtime advocate for low-income young women and girls and for juvenile and criminal justice reform.

Lateefah Simon is program director for the Rosenberg Foundation, which seeks to change the odds for Californians through statewide grantmaking to support policy change. She is a longtime advocate for low-income young women and girls and for juvenile and criminal justice reform.