On Monday, April 28, the Great Lakes Equity Center held its annual Equity Leaders Summit, hosting representatives from the states that are part of Region V. The title of the summit was "College and Life Success Readiness: Advancing Institutional Decision Making Processes to Achieve Equity." The representatives are all from the state departments of education in Region V, which covers Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin . The state department personnel gathered together with scholars in the fields of educational equity and Center staff to engage in a series of focused round table discussions related to trending topics in the field of education.

During this panel discussion, titled "School to Success vs. School to Prison Pipeline," researchers and educators discuss the difficult issues surrounding the matter. The discussion is moderated by Brendan Maxcy, Co-Principal Investigator for the Great Lakes Equity Center. He is also an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University School of Education at Indianapolis, and Director of the School of Education’s Urban Principalship Program. Participants are Paul J. Ainslie, Managing Director, I-STEM Resource Network, Purdue University; Chalmer Thompson, Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs and Associate Professor, Counseling and Counselor Education at the IU School of Education at IUPUI; JauNae M. Hanger, partner attorney with Waples & Hanger and a member of the state Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Steering Committee and subcommittee on Disproportionate Minority Contact; Hardy Murphy, a researcher with the IU School of Education at IUPUI and the Center on Education and Lifelong Learning; and Subini Annamma, Assistant Professor in special education at the IU School of Education at IUPUI.

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