Skalny Luncheon
“We have a lot of papers, really nice papers”: Policies, Laws, their Implementation, and the Schooling of Romani Children in the Slovak Republic
Dr. Julia M. White
Assistant Professor
Department of Teaching and Curriculum
& Director of the Inclusive and Special Education Program
University of Rochester
Thursday, March 8
12:00 pm

Room 209, Computer Studies Bldg
University of Rochester River Campus

Free and open to the public
“WE HAVE A LOT OF PAPERS, REALLY NICE PAPERS”: POLICIES, LAWS, THEIR IMPLEMENTATION, AND THE SCHOOLING OF ROMANI CHILDREN IN THE SLOVAK REPUBLIC
Dr. Julia M. White

Assistant Professor
Department of Teaching and Curriculum
Director of the Inclusive and Special Education Program,
University of Rochester

Children from Romani communities in the European Union are typically placed in segregated school settings for students labeled with mental/intellectual disabilities, and the Slovak Republic perpetuates this practice. The European Union urges states to desegregate such schools, but statements of policy and the implementation of policy are two different matters. This lecture will present the complex dimensions of the schooling of children from Romani communities in the Slovak Republic, including systemic contexts and practices of institutional racism. It will describe the laws and policies that affect the educational, social, and economic situations of children from Romani communities and how these policies are experienced at the local school level. This lecture also explores recent court decisions of the European Court of Human Rights and a Slovak regional court and their potential impact on the desegregation of Slovak schools, which will influence the extent to which members of Romani communities are able to participate as full citizens of the Slovak Republic.



Inclusive and Special Education Program at the University of Rochester. White’s research interests include Romani rights, inclusive education teacher preparation and practice, educational policy, and the cultural representations of disability. The recipient of a Fulbright Teacher Exchange grant and later a Fulbright Fellowship in the Slovak Republic, she studied schooling and inclusion as a human right, specifically as it pertains to children from Romani communities.


Lunch will be provided. For lunch reservations contact the Skalny Center: tel. (585) 275-9898 or e-mail: Bozenna.Sobolewska@rochester.edu, by February 24