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UIC CoE-MCH Irving Harris Early Childhood Forum
March 29th at 2PM CST - No Longer Welcome: Early childhood expulsion and the preschool-to-prison pipeline with Dr. Kate Zinsser.

Dr. Katherine (Kate) Zinsser is an Associate Professor of Community & Prevention Research in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. At UIC, Dr. Zinsser directs the Social-Emotional Teaching and Learning Lab which conducts multi-method research on settings, systems, and policies that impact young children’s learning and emotional health. She is the co-developer of the EMOTERS tool, an open-access observational assessment of emotion-focused teaching, and author of No Longer Welcome: The epidemic of early childhood expulsion (Oxford University Press, 2022).

April 12th at 2PM CST - Justly Born: Pregnancy in the Criminal Legal System and the Movement to Promote Health, Dignity, and Healing with Chauntel Norris and Ashley Lovell

Chauntel Norris is one of the nation's leading experts in incarceration and lactation. She is a Certified Lactation Counselor, a Doulas of North America (DONA) trained doula, and a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. She is the Co-founder of Baobab Birth Collective, serves on the board of the Alabama Breastfeeding Committee, is an active member of the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, a Community Transformer for Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE), and a 2021 Aspen Healthy Communities Fellow. Chauntel is an advocate for breastfeeding in vulnerable communities and strongly believes in the right of all women to be able to breastfeed their babies.

Ashley Lovell is a Lamaze-Certified Childbirth Educator, a DONA-certified birth doula, and a peer breastfeeding counselor. She received her B.S. and M.S. from Clemson University and Auburn University in wildlife sciences, but eventually left her 17-year career in natural resources to focus on professional birth work. As a doula for 8 years, she has supported birthing people in 10 different hospitals and home settings in Alabama and Georgia.
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