You Talk We Listen 

Why Listening Sessions?

In order to challenge and dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline, the voices of those most impacted by discriminatory disciplinary actions need to be heard. This is why the CVMB is devoting it labor and resources to holding listening sessions throughout the Central Valley with the express purpose of hearing about the experiences of students, parents, and communities at large are experiencing in the Central Valley of California. 

Our CVMB Regional Connector can assist your group in organizing and holding sessions about the school-to-prison pipeline, police in schools, and the necessity for restorative justice programs and practices in schools. 

Planning a Listening Session 

CVMB has money and resources for holding listening sessions. Basically planning and holding a listening session involves:

  1. Contacting our Regional Connector, Carrie Ayala to discuss and plan a listening session in your area.
  2. Select a date and location for holding a listening session. This can be done in someone‚Äôs home, a school, or a community center. 
  3. Announce the listening session to your group and/or community.

The Goals of Listening Sessions 

  1. To share a presentation about the school-to-prison pipeline, the negative impact of police on school campuses, and why restorative justice programs and practices should be used in all schools. 
  2. To share and record the experiences and stories of those impacted by the school-to-prison pipeline and the use of police on campus for disciplinary actions. 
  3. To formulate strategies for disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline and calling for the removal of police on campus police. 
  4. To build a network with the Central Valley Movement Building for purposes of support and change throughout the Valley. 

Basic Agenda of a Listening Session 

  1. A presentation about the school-to-prison pipeline in the Central Valley and the goals of restorative justice.
  2. Session participants share experiences of the disciplinary policies and practices in area schools. 
  3. Discuss strategies for challenging disciplinary policies and practices in area schools.
  4. Make plans for follow-up meetings and activities. 

Contact Us 

Contact: Carrie Ayala, CVMB Regional Connector
Phone: (209) 286-7564

Carrie Ayala is the CVMB Regional Connector. She is a native Fresnan and 3rd generation Central Valley educator. Carrie graduated from Fresno State, where she was first exposed to conversations around systems of oppression in her community and worldwide.

After witnessing firsthand the racial and economic disparities in classrooms and institutions around the Central Valley, Carrie shifted her energies toward community work, most recently as a Health Educator with Fresno Barrios Unidos, where she used her platform to engage with hundreds of youth in conversation around health and social justice.

Carrie joined the Central Valley Movement Building team in August 2018, and is honored to be connecting individuals, families, and organizations to move toward equity in education, and positively impact outcomes for communities of color.

PHONE: (209) 286-7564