Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline

Converging Worlds will be hosting a panel discussion with mentors at Reid Middle School, Mount Greylock High School, and the Berkshire County House of Corrections. They will be sharing the challenges, successes, and considerations of privilege that come along with their work in communities affected by the carceral system, a system that expands beyond the walls of the Berkshire County House of Corrections to pre-criminalize young people (particularly low-income POCs). They will be talking about how their work seeks to disrupt these systems and where, when, and why it fails and succeeds. The mentors from various groups will be sharing what it is like to unify communities broken apart by the incarceral system and how to empower at-risk youth labeled as to-be criminals by white institutions’ perception of their racial or ethnic backgrounds.

5:30  – 7:00 p.m., Paresky 201 (former Reading Room). Sponsored by Converging Worlds and the Center for Learning in Action (CLiA).