The National Crittenton Foundation, in partnership with Education Northwest, hosted a series of events with Dr. Monique Morris on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 to talk about her book “Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools,” and also discuss related issues affecting Portland’s diverse communities.

In researching her book “Pushout,” Morris spent four years chronicling the experiences of black girls across the country whose intricate lives are misunderstood, highly judged—by teachers, administrators and the justice system—and degraded by the very institutions charged with helping them flourish.

Dr. Monique W. Morris is co-founder of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute and is the author of Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-First Century (The New Press). She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two daughters.

For more information about “Pushout,” visit
Twitter: @MoniqueWMorris


Monique Morris

Dr. Monique Morris


Dr. Monique Morris and members of the Portland Oregon based Sita Sistah mentor program


Other related resources and tools that support the provision of quality services and the rights of girls and young women

Unintended Consequences: Addressing the Impact of Domestic Violence Mandatory and Pro-Arrest Policies and Practices on Girls and Young Women, 2016

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Toolkit for Providers, 2015

Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy Marginalized Girls: Pathways to Opportunity 2013


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