- Charnelle Green, MS
- Brian Sims, PhD
- Dawn Henderson, PhD
Research Project Description
According to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI), in 2015-2016 Black and Hispanic students represented 55% of the total student population but represented 82% of suspended students in Guilford County. For every one White student, there were six Black students suspended. This research project employs the Structured Dialogue Model (SDM) for violence prevention and health promotion in this diverse school district. The SDM model allows young people to initiate and participate in a series of facilitated structured dialogues that focus on three major areas: (1) Interpersonal and Structural Violence (2) Cultural misconceptions of violence among racially diverse communities and (3) Media Representation/Portrayals of violence. The project will follow a cohort of 9thgrade students for 2 years and will measure baseline and follow-up indicators of attitudes towards violence, delinquency, future aspirations and critical consciousness.
Charnelle Green, MS
Charnelle Green is an Education Consultant at Next Generation Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina. With training in alternative education and pedagogy, she serves as a community and school advocate in Guilford County to improve health and educational services.
Brian Sims, PhD
Brian Sims is Executive Director of Jomoworks, an organization that designs University / K-12 partnerships through innovative, evidence-based educational programs and content for elementary, middle and high school students. With an expertise in African-centered education and psychology, he researches the implications of media for individuals, families, and communities.
Dawn Henderson, PhD
Dawn Henderson is Program Director, Evaluation and Research for the Center for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT Center) at Duke University. As a Community Psychologist, she examines interventions in communities and schools that serve adolescents and promote assets to buffer race-related trauma in the public school system.
Issue Brief: Allegheny County
Empowering Black Girls for
Critical Consciousness and Action