In this workshop, Preet & Meenakshi will explore the impacts of policing on BIPOC students, as well as make connections to the broader influence of police in schools. Preet will share research from her capstone studies into securitization of schools, and Meenakshi will highlight relevant campaign work underway at Pivot Legal Society.
This session is full.
Preet Lidder is a second-generation Punjabi immigrant, settler, and woman of colour. Preet is a secondary math teacher in Vancouver, a union activist, anti-racist workshop facilitator, AOEC executive member and an all-around troublemaker. She completed her M.Ed in Equity Study in Education at SFU in 2019. Preet’s capstone project identified policing as a form of state violence in Canada and how the use of police in schools fundamentally undermines the scholastic mission of the educational system. Her hope is that this workshop can create a space to critically engage as to how police presence impacts BIPOC students, families, and communities and how can work towards building school communities that support the safety and well-being of all students.
Meenakshi Mannoe is a settler living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples since 2006. In her role at Pivot, she works alongside interdisciplinary colleagues to envision intersectional approaches to policing and criminalization. She values Pivot’s uncompromising commitment to the expertise and vision of people with lived and living experience. Her work emphasizes the impact of policing across campaign areas. Prior to joining Pivot, she held a variety of frontline and administrative positions at legal and social service agencies in Vancouver. Meenakshi is a graduate of the UBC School of Social Work (MSW, 2019) and Registered Social Worker. She is currently a board member for the Community Radio Education Society, programmer at Vancouver Coop Radio (Stark Raven), and member of the Vancouver Prison Justice Day Committee.