Film Screening - Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools

Thursday, March 11, 2021
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Alumni, Community, Faculty, Staff, Students

Join the College of Education for a film and speaker event featuring Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, a 2019 film based on Monique Morris's book of the same title. This film confronts the ways adults - especially in the public school setting - have misunderstood Black girls, resulting in excessive punishment and criminalization. The documentary examines how these educational and judicial disparities disrupt their education - one of the most critical factors in Black girls' lives and future success. 

After the screening, participants will engage with a panel of invited speakers. The panelists are:

  • Larry Johnson, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Assistant Superintendent, Chief of Staff, and Executive Director of Public Safety & School Security 
  • Dr. Tonisha Jones, Grand Valley State University, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
  • Natasha Neal, J.D., Grands Rapids Public Schools, Director of Community and Student Affairs
  • Dr. Camille Wilson, University of Michigan, University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor

The event date of March 11 was carefully selected as an opportunity to remember and reflect on Breonna Taylor’s death, which happened on March 13, 2020.

This film screening is part of the Educational Foundations Film & Speaker Series hosted by the Grand Valley State University College of Education.

Click here to watch the film trailer.

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This event was added to the calendar by Joanna Allerhand ( on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 and was last updated on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 9:13 a.m.