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White House Council to Host Forum on Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color

The White House Council on Women and Girls has collaborated with the Anna Julia Cooper Center to host a forum on Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color. The forum is focused in part on “Fostering School Success and reducing Unnecessary Exclusionary School Discipline.”

“Girls of color experience disproportionately high rates of school suspensions,” according to the statement from the council.

“Black girls are suspended at higher rates (12%) than girls of any other race or ethnicity and at higher rates than white boys (6%) and white girls (2%). American Indian/Alaska Native girls are also suspended at rates that exceed those of white students.”

One of the goals of the group is to help lower these numbers by promoting safe, inclusive and positive learning environments according to the release. Their solution puts the pressure on administrators to be more supportive of their students particularly minorities and more so, female minorities.



The forum will also focus on: “meeting the needs of vulnerable and striving youth, inclusive STEM education (creating more opportunities for young women in STEM) and reducing the rates of teen pregnancy and building on success.”

“Knowing what is necessary to create pathways for women and girls of color and their peers to achieve success is only strengthened when the proper research and data is available,” according to the release.

“We are encouraged that academic institutions are not only creating a space for people of all backgrounds to learn, but also studying and writing about these critical issues.”

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Article by Navindra Persaud, Education World Contributor

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