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F21-104 How to Stop the Schoolhouse–to–Jailhouse Pipeline

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CE

100 Children & Adolescents |  800 Online
Adia Winfrey, PhD
3 Hours 15 Minutes



African American and other children of color are subjected to higher levels of surveillance and discipline compared with their White counterparts. The presence of police and security personnel in schools has resulted in physical injury, restraint, and arrest of children, some as young as 5 years old. A history of perceived infractions often marks children for later entry into the prison-industrial system. This workshop will address family systems, cultural competence, and diversity issues related to racial disparities in serving children. The workshop will include case examples, investigation of recent research, and a focus on the professional work of the presenters.


Adia Winfrey, PhD Related seminars and products

Dr. Adia McClellan Winfrey, also known as Dr. Dia, is a Doctor of Psychology, published author, curriculum developer, and mentor to youth around the country. She has been an advocate for emotional wellness, social justice, and Hip Hop culture for over 20 years. At age 16, she received the honor of Olympic Torchbearer for her activism in these areas.

Dr. Dia earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Wilberforce University and Doctorate of Psychology degree from Wright State University School of Professional Psychology. Her doctoral dissertation, Healing Young People thru Empowerment (H.Y.P.E.) was the first to integrate Hip Hop culture and psychological theories, and was the foundation of her first book Healing Young People thru Empowerment (H.Y.P.E.): A Hip-Hop Therapy Program for Black Adolescent Boys (African-American Images, 2009).

In 2011, with the success of her first book H.Y.P.E. and the widespread attention it garnered, Dr. Dia founded the company Elevating Us, and established The H.Y.P.E. Movement, the community outreach component of her company, in Atlanta. In 2014, she moved back to her family's hometown of Talladega, Alabama to bring her Hip Hop Empowerment Model to the community. Through Elevating Us and The H.Y.P.E. Movement, Dr. Dia has worked to improve emotional wellness and build hopefulness within communities through multi-generational events and unique partnerships, which have served nearly 6,000 youth around the United States.
Dr. Dia has been featured in many publications and media outlets including The Tom Joyner Morning Show, MSNBC, NPR, JET Magazine, Refinary29, American Urban Radio Networks,,, The Association of Black Psychologists, and several local and online news sources.
In 2020, Dr. Dia made history as the first Black female Congressional Nominee in Alabama’s 3rd Congressional District. Branded as “The Hip Hop Congressional Candidate,” her campaign received national attention for her use of Hip Hop culture as a tool of political mobilization. After garnering a vote count of over 103,000, Dr. Dia's campaign formed Transform Alabama, a political mobilization and education organization. 

Bibliography & References



"How to Stop the Schoolhouse to the Jailhouse Pipeline" Reference List

Presented by Drs. Jawanza Kunjufu and Adia Winfrey


CHILDREN’S DEFENSE FUND (2020). THE STATE OF AMERICA’S CHILDREN 2020. The-State-Of-Americas-Children-2020.pdf (

KUNJUFU, J. (2020). COVID 1619: When racism began in America, grades 3-5. Chicago, IL: AFRICAN AMER IMAGES.

KUNJUFU, J. (2016). Reading and writing for urban survival. Chicago, IL: African American Images.

KUNJUFU, J.. (2000). Developing positive self-images and discipline in Black children. Chicago, IL: African American Images.

LOVE, B. (2020). We Want To Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist teaching and the pursuit of educational freedom. BEACON.

ROBINSON, C., SEAMAN, E. L., MONTGOMERY, L., & WINFREY, A. (2018). A Review of Hip Hop-Based Interventions for Health Literacy, Health Behaviors, and Mental Health. Journal of racial and ethnic health disparities5(3), 468–484.

WINFREY, A. (2009). Healing Young People thru Empowerment (H.Y.P.E.): A Hip-Hop Therapy Curriculum for Black Teenage Boys. Chicago, IL: African American Images.


Agenda & Learning Objectives


9:00 Introduction of Speakers

9:30 Understanding the School to Prison Pipeline

10:30 Break

10:45 Strategies for Disrupting the Systems that Maintain the Pipeline

12:00 Q & A

12:15 Closing


Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to

  • Define the school to prison pipeline
  • Identify the systemic factors that facilitate the school to prison pipeline
  • Create strategies for dismantling the aforementioned systemic factors that perpetuate the school to pipeline 

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $65 and includes CE credit. Registering after 10/28/2021 will incur an additional $20 late fee. *Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the live interactive webinar to receive a refund or a credit letter.


*All cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee

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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

Course Completion & CE Information


Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for 3 Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.


ASWB Approved

Course completion requirements: To earn CE credit, social workers must log in at the scheduled time, attend the entire course, and complete the online course evaluation located in your account. After the online course evaluation is completed, you are then able to download your certificate. Partial Credit will not be given for participants who arrive late or leave early.


Unversity of Maryland School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Professional Education, provider #1611, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. UMSSW Office of CPE maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 02/11/2021 to 02/11/2024. Social workers participating in this course receive 3 continuing education credits.


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