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Project on Marginalized Girls

September 19, 2016: The Center hosted a conference entitled “Trauma-Informed Approaches in School: Supporting Girls of Color and Rethinking Discipline” with co-hosts the White House Council on Women and Girls, the US Department of Education, and the National Crittenton Foundation. 

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Speakers included girls of color, experts on trauma, race, and gender, and Administration officials, including Secretary of Education John King; Vanita Gupta, US Dept of Justice Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights; Catherine Lhamon, US Dept of Education Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights; and Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett. Click here to see the White House fact sheet describing the amazing list of deliverables from the day.

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Executive Director Rebecca Epstein with the Center's Girls@ the Margin Alliance partners, including The National Crittenton Foundation, Rights4Girls, Girls Inc., and the National Women’s Law Center - with First Lady Michelle Obama at the The United State of Women summit.  At the summit, we announced our intent to publish a National Policy Platform for Marginalized Girls, and issued a call for input. 

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June 2016:  The Center on Poverty and Inequality participated as a plenary session speaker at the United State of Women Summit in Washington DC.  Over 5000 attended the event; speakers included President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Attorney General Lynch.

April 5, 2016: The Center on Poverty hosted a Book Event at Busboys and Poets in Washington DC to help launch Monique Morris's book, entitled "Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in School." Dr. Morris is partnering with the Center on Poverty on a project that seeks to improve the relationship between girls of color and school resource officers. She spoke with Avis Buchanan about her book to a full house, and brought along her daughter’s artwork, which was completed as part of a mother-daughter collaboration to illustrate the narratives of the book. See reviews of this important book in The New Republic and The Atlantic.

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In October 2015, Executive Director Rebecca Epstein served as a panelist at a briefing hosted by Congresswoman Karen Bass in the Rayburn House Office Building focused on the Center’s report. The briefing, entitled “Justice for Girls: The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline,” was attended by 102 people, with remarks from numerous Representatives, including Karen Bass, Ted Poe, Hank Johnson, Judy Chu, Barbara Lee, Bobby Scott, John Conyers, and Bonnie Watson Coleman.


The Center on Poverty was proud to co-host an event on August 22, 2015, to launch the Washington, DC chapter of Black Girls Code. Fifty girls ranging in age from 7–17 attended with their parents to learn to build a website in a day. The opening speakers included Rebecca Epstein, the Center’s Executive Director, Roy Austin, Deputy Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity, and Kimberlyn Leary, Advisor to the White House Council on Women and Girls.

On May 27, The Center on Poverty hosted a national conference on Improving the Outcomes of Students in Foster Care with partners National Center for Youth Law, the ABA Legal Center for Foster Care and Education, and the Children’s Defense Fund. View a video of the conference above.  Other conference materials can be viewed here: agenda and speakers’ biographies.

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Valeri Jarrett with Professor Peter Edelman, faculty director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown Law.

On January 15, the Center on Poverty and Inequality co-hosted a national conference with the White House and the Department of Education, “Front and Center: Bringing Marginalized Girls into Focus in STEM and Career and Technical Education."

We were honored to hear from some of the greatest contributors to the field and be part of the beginning of many meaningful conversations.  A special thank-you to our keynote speaker, Aprille Ericsson  of NASA, and our surprise guest speaker, her 6-year-old STEM-focused daughter, Arielle. It was an inspiring day.

View a video of the event, the agenda, speaker bios, list of participantsweb story and White house blog about the event.

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