Dr. Monique W. Morris will be on the main stage for a plenary session at In Solidarity, where she will present a segment of the upcoming feature length documentary, “Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools” produced by Women in the Room Productions and Dr. Monique W. Morris.  In this sequence we’ll look at some hard truths — how Black girls, some as young as seven, others as old as 19, see themselves and maintain their strength while dealing with a world that tries to marginalize and diminish them. The segment also contextualizes the societal forces that create this pattern of dismissal and points to how the girls themselves and their advocates are working to change this narrative.

Get excited for the plenary by watching Dr. Morris’ recent TED Talk and NowThis video and keep an eye out for an announcement about the special guest who will be joining forces with her for this plenary. In Solidarity 2019 is less than three months away and tickets are going fast! Reserve your spot today before prices go up on March 16th. You can lock in the current price by making a $25 deposit and paying your remaining balance by card or check by April 19th. Learn about our payment plan and group discounts here.

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About Dr. Monique W. Morris

Monique W. Morris, Ed.D. is an award-winning author and social justice scholar with three decades of experience in the areas of education, civil rights, juvenile and social justice.  Dr. Morris is the author of the forthcoming book, Sing A Rhythm, Dance A Blues (The New Press, 2019), which explores a pedagogy to counter the criminalization of Black and Brown girls in schools. She is also the author of Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (The New Press, 2016), Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-First Century (The New Press, 2014), Too Beautiful for Words (MWM Books, 2012), and worked with Kemba Smith on her book, Poster Child: The Kemba Smith Story (IBJ Book Publishing, 2011). Dr. Morris has written dozens of articles, book chapters, and other publications on social justice issues and lectured widely on research, policies, and practices associated with improving juvenile justice, educational, and socioeconomic conditions for Black girls, women, and their families. Dr. Morris was a 2018 TED Women speaker and is an executive producer and writer for a documentary film exploring how exclusionary discipline impacts Black girls in the United States.

Dr. Morris is the Founder and President of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute (NBWJI), an organization that works to interrupt school-to-confinement pathways for girls, reduce the barriers to employment for formerly incarcerated women, and increase the capacity of organizations working to reduce sexual assault and domestic violence in African American communities. She served as an adjunct associate professor for Saint Mary’s College of California between 2013-2018 and has taught at the University of San Francisco and California State University, Sacramento. Dr. Morris is a 2012 Soros Justice Fellow, the former Vice President for Economic Programs, Advocacy and Research at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the former Director of Research for the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at the UC Berkeley Law School. She has also worked in partnership with and served as a consultant for federal, state and county agencies, national academic and research institutions, and communities throughout the nation to develop comprehensive approaches and training curricula to eliminate racial/ethnic and gender disparities in justice and educational systems. Her work in this area has informed the development and implementation of improved culturally competent and gender-responsive continua of services for youth.

Dr. Morris’ work has been profiled by MSNBC, CSPAN2, The Washington Post, The New York Times, NPR, and PBS, among other national and local print, radio, and television media. Her research intersects race, gender, education and justice to explore the ways in which Black communities, and other communities of color, are uniquely affected by social policies. She also frequently lectures on the life and legacy of the artist Prince.