Reconceptualizing School Safety for Black Students

This session is from the NASP 2022 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 8
  • Skill Level: Introduction

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. understand how racism is experienced in the school environment
  2. understand how racism compromises the physical and emotional safety of Black students
  3. learn strategies to promote an antiracist school environment for Black students


For Black students and other marginalized students, the school environment is often physically and emotionally unsafe, and they are targeted by anti-Black policies and practices, ultimately producing inequitable outcomes. In this presentation, we will discuss the school-based experiences of Black students in American schools with a particular focus on Black students’ physical and emotional safety. Practitioners will learn how to establish safe, affirming, and culturally relevant educational spaces for Black students.



Chavez M. Phelps, Georgia State University
Kamontá J. Heidelburg, University of Buffalo
Tai A. Collins, PhD, University of Cincinnati


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