Central Jersey groups to host online session on school segregation

Rutgers law professor and recent appointee to the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court Elise Boddie will an online talk titled “Struggling for the Soul of Public Education” 6 p.m. Thursday, May 13.

The lecture will address the challenges of integration in the North and why school segregation is a threat to public education and to democracy. After her presentation, Boddie will be in conversation with Lynda Dodd, a lecturer in Public Affairs at Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs who specializes in civil rights and constitutional law.

This event free. To register, visit: tinyurl.com/BoddieDodd. Sponsors of the event are Not In Our Town Princeton, Princeton Public Library, Princeton Civil Rights Commission, Campaign to End the New Jim Crow (Greater Trenton Chapter), Citizens for a Diverse & Open Society, Congregation Beth Chaim Racial Justice Task Force, Congregation Kehilat Shalom Racial Justice Working Group (Belle Mead), Har Sinai Temple Racial Justice Committee, Hopewell Valley Together, Kidsbridge, Lawrence Citizen Activists, the Lawrence League of Women Voters, Live Well Church (Windsor), Princeton Mutual Aid, Princeton Progressive Action Group, the Racial Justice Task Force of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton and the Racial Justice Team of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (Princeton Junction)

Boddie is a professor of law, Henry Rutgers professor and Judge Robert L. Carter scholar at Rutgers, where she teaches constitutional law, civil rights, and state and local government law. Her research focuses on the spatial regulation of race and how dynamic systems perpetuate racial inequality.

As founder and director of the Inclusion Project at Rutgers Law School, she is engaged with communities, students, faith leaders, educators and researchers in a multi-sector initiative to build equitable education systems in New Jersey public schools.

Before joining the Rutgers faculty, Boddie was director of litigation for the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. and supervised its nationwide litigation program, including its advocacy in several major U.S. Supreme Court cases. Boddie was named the founding Rutgers-Newark director for the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice at Rutgers University this year. President Biden recently appointed her to the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States.

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