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Today is: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Welcome to the Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony. Our organization serves the greater Holland Michigan area.

ACEH & Hope College Upward Bound program

July 18, 2017 School To Prison Pipeline


  • Read the school's student handbook to learn more about the discipline policy and critically analyze how it does or does not contribute to the School-to-Prison Pipeline.
  • Write a letter to the school or community newspaper about your position on the School-to-Prison Pipeline.
  • Make an infographic on some of the facts you learned about the School-to-Prison Pipeline and share with others.
  • Interview your friends and classmates and make a video of their responses to questions you pose about the School-to-Prison Pipeline.
  • Create a survey about the School-to-Prison Pipeline for students, parents and school staff. Compile and distribute the results.
  • Organize a forum on the School-to-Prison Pipeline to take place in school or the community.
  • Research your state's school disciplinary rates and analyze them for disproportionality for students of color, disabled students and LGBTQ students.
  • Research your state's laws on school discipline. Write an essay or create a chart that responds to the following questions: Are there any laws that criminalize behavior in school? Are there laws about when schools must, can or cannot suspend or expel students? Are there any state laws that dictate what kind of school discipline policies each school must create? If so, what are they?
  • Use social media channels to share information with others, share your point of view and encourage activism.

  • Civil Rights Data Collection: School Discipline (U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, March 2014)
  • "'Good guys' with guns: how police officers became fixtures in US schools" (Guardian, October 28, 2015)
  • Reclaiming the Promise of Racial Equity: In Education, Economics and Our Criminal Justice System (AFT, October 9, 2015)
  • "Rough Student Arrest Puts Spotlight on School Police" (The New York Times, October 28, 2015)
  • School-to-Prison Pipeline (ACLU)
  • © 2015 Anti-Defamation League, Page 6 of 14.

    The Current Events Classroom

  • "Stop the School-to-Prison Pipeline" (Rethinking Schools, Winter, 2011-12)
  • The Changing Role Of Police In American Classrooms (NPR, October 31, 2015)
  • "Where Are Black Children Safe?" (The New York Times, October 29, 2015)
  • "Will School Discipline Reform Actually Change Anything?" (The Atlantic, September 14, 2015)

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Our Mission Statement:

The Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony is dedicated to promoting unity, justice, equal opportunity, ethnic awareness, cross-cultural understanding and appreciation for diversity.

About Us:

Founded in January 1999, the Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony (ACEH) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan grass-roots group of ethnically diverse people from Holland and nearby areas. ACEH is a friendly organization that welcomes all people and works to create the feeling that our communities belong to everyone. ACEH is not affiliated with any political or religious groups, and is supported by membership dues, donations, and grants.

What does ACEH do?

  • Holds monthly public meetings to talk about local and national justice and diversity issues, listen to speakers from different ethnic groups, and take part in "walk in my shoes" cross-cultural exercises.
  • Provides a safe and respectful place to share experiences of prejudice and racism and to work on solutions.
  • Works with ethnic and civic groups on projects to foster an inclusive community, including the Lakeshore Area Summit on Racism.
  • Offers resources of ideas, speakers, materials and diversity training to schools, businesses, clubs, and religious organizations.
  • Supports public efforts to oppose discrimination, racism, and violence.
  • Publishes a monthly newsletter sent via e-mail or regular mail; also sends e-mail bulletins about events and issues in West Michigan.
  • Holds annual potluck with ethnic foods and family games, sponsors other social events.
  • Encourages patronage of ethnic businesses and events.

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