Black Male Institute: 9th Annual Think Tank Explores the School-to-Prison Pipeline

BMI’s signature event on May 24 features BMI student researchers, Counter Narratives Project, and keynotes by Bryonn Bain and Pedro Noguera.

The Black Male Institute at UCLA presents its 9th annual “Think Tank” conference on Wednesday, May 24, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Luskin Conference Center. The half-day event will focus on “Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline,” with presentations on BMI’s research by UCLA undergraduate and graduate students on the Counter Narratives Project, a study led by Professor Tyrone Howard on the academic, professional, and social success of males of color as well as studies on student retention. Keynote addresses will be delivered by Bryonn Bain, prison activist, poet, and educator, and Pedro Noguera, UCLA Distinguished Professor of Education.

Howard, who established the BMI at UCLA in 2008, says that for nearly a decade, the Think Tank has provided a vital forum for student and faculty researchers, policy makers, community leaders, and other stakeholders to share theories and practice surrounding issues affecting young males of color.

“The Think Tank was created to address some of the most challenges issues facing students of color today in schools and society writ-large,” he says. “This convening of community members, educators, legislators, college students, and youth is incredibly value to respond to vexing realities. The school-to-prison pipeline is one of the most dehumanizing processes youth face today, and bringing together experts and youth to respond to how we dismantle punitive policies which disproportionately affect youth of color is critical.”

In April, the BMI hosted 200 young male students from high schools throughout Los Angeles for a College and Career Readiness Day at UCLA, with panels of UCLA undergrad and graduate students, campus tours, lunch, and other presentations.

Professor Howard was recently honored as a 2017 AERA Fellow at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in April.

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Above: Professor of Education Tyrone Howard founded the Black Male Institute at UCLA in 2008, which focuses on the life trajectories of young males of color.