Racial Issues in Urban Schools | Leslie Hinkson | TEDxSpringfield

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Racial segregation is a seemingly intractable problem in America's public schools. This talk discusses the end of school desegregation by focusing on two questions: 1) Have we really seen the end of meaningful efforts to desegregate most of our public schools? 2) And in those schools where desegregation has taken place, how do they understand what integration means? I use evidence from my own research to show what it is we have to gain from integration by focusing on Department of Defense schools and how the sense of community developed on overseas bases in particular has not only almost eradicated racial gaps in test score performance in their schools but created a sense of belonging among military personnel that transcends both racial and rank divisions found elsewhere. Leslie R. Hinkson is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. Her research explores the role and meaning of race across institutional contexts and its effect on educational, employment, and health outcomes. Dr. Hinkson completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Research Fellows at the University of Michigan in 2009 where her interests focused on racial differences in treatment, prevalence, and control of disease. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology at Princeton University in 2007, where she was a Woodrow Wilson Society Fellow. She is currently at work completing a book manuscript on how segregated social networks undermine the educational efforts in integrated schools by focusing on Department of Defense schools as well as an edited volume on the relationship between race-based medicine and debt. As a means of enhancing her academic research, Dr. Hinkson also engages in (successful) amateur sleuthing and (mediocre) fiction writing. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx