† Criminal InJustice is a weekly series devoted to taking action against inequities in the U.S. criminal justice system. Nancy A. Heitzeg, Professor of Sociology and Race/Ethnicity, is the Editor of CI. Kay Whitlock, co-author of Queer (In)Justice and Considering Hate, is co-founder of CI. Criminal Injustice is published every Wednesday at 6 pm CST.
School-to-Prison Pipeline: Critical Issues Panel, Minnesota State University at Moorhead
Sponsored by Education Minnesota Student Program, April 2017
Dr. Nancy A. Heitzeg
Dr. Nancy A. Heitzeg is a Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Critical Studies of Race/Ethnicity Program at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. She earned her B.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Professor Heitzeg speaks on topics of gender, socioeconomics, race and ethnicity, and social control. She is a leading expert on the School-to-Prison Pipeline and the prison industrial complex. Her recent published work includes The School to Prison Pipeline: Education, Discipline & Racialized Double-Standards; Criminalization & Medicalization: The School to Prison Pipeline & Racialized Double-Standards of Disciplinary Control; and Whiteness, Criminality, & Double-Standards of Social Control. In addition to contributing to academic journals, Professor Heitzeg is co-founder and co-editor of Criminal InJustice, a web publication dedicated to public education and mass incarceration activism.
Director of Black Male Achievement – Michael Walker
Michael Walker brings a career focus on youth development and assisting black youth to achieve success. He earned his undergraduate degree in physical education from Southwest Minnesota State University and his master’s degree in counseling from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls as well as his administrative license from St. Cloud State. From 1998 to 2006, Walker served as community outreach, program and youth development director at the YMCA of Minneapolis and Greater St. Paul, where he developed programs for social, academic, athletic and employment skills for youth and served as the coordinator of the Black Achievers program. Walker worked as a career and college center coordinator for AchieveMpls at Roosevelt High School from 2006 to 2009 before serving Minneapolis Public Schools as Roosevelt’s dean of students from 2009 to 2011 and assistant principal from 2011 to 2014. He is the inaugural director for the Office of Black Male Student Achievement, where his sole responsibility is changing outcomes for Black Males who attend Minneapolis Public Schools. Walker is a product of Minneapolis Public Schools.
Coordinator, Educational Equity – Corey Yeager
Corey Yeager is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Yeager is currently the educational equity coordinator for Minneapolis Public School, working under the umbrella of the Office of Black Male Achievement. He is completing his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, with an emphasis in family social science/couple and family therapy. Corey’s therapeutic work is primarily focused on serving African American adolescents and their families. Much of his professional career efforts have been intentionally concentrated on facilitating community change through democratic, grassroots efforts.