Cara McClellan and Judith Browne Dianis Discuss Disparities in Safe Learning Experiences for Students of Color

Cara McClellan (’17), Assistant Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Judith Browne Dianis ('92), Executive Director of Advancement Project, were quoted in The Washington Post regarding the experiences of families of color and disparities in school discipline as students return to in-person school (“Some Families of Color Remain Wary of Returning to Classrooms as New School Year Begins,” Sep. 1). “Some people may opt out [of in-person school] because they just feel like, ‘My child will do better at home where they’re not subjected to . . . the racial profiling and the harsh discipline,” said Judith. Cara noted that punishments “continued to be the response at a time when students more than ever needed support and services instead of overly harsh discipline.”