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ABA Pipeline Council's 2022 Reimagining Pipeline Programs Virtual Series

What About the Students? The Emotional and Psychological Impact of Anti-Inclusive Legislation on K-12 Learning

Program Presented on Aug 17, 2022 01:30-3:00 PM Central Time


Much of the discussion surrounding the spate of anti-inclusive legislation targeting K-12 education is focused on the rights of families and perceived family values. But what is the impact on students? There has been little to no discussion about the emotional and psychological impact of legislative efforts to craft curriculums that exclude the experiences, history, and identities of students from marginalized communities. Many of these students are already grappling with navigating the societal challenges connected to their sexual, gender and/or racial and ethnic identities. Is this wave of anti-inclusive legislation exacerbating these challenges? What is the impact on the students’ educational achievement, especially in light of the studies that show that inclusive curriculums are beneficial to all students, regardless of background? Finally, if the goal is to create a more diverse and inclusive legal profession, does the impact of these policies run counter to that goal?



  • Dr. Noelle DeLaCruz, Safe and Healthy Schools Manager
  • Richard Delgado, John J. Sparkman Chair of Law, University of Alabama School of Law
  • Jean Stefancic, Law Professor and Clement Research Affiliate, University of Alabama School of Law
  • Dr. Frank Worrell, President, American Psychological Association (APA) and Professor School of Education, University of California, Berkley


ABA Council for Diversity in the Educational Pipeline (Pipeline Council)

ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI)

ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice (COREJ)

ABA Section on Civil Rights and Social Justice (CRSJ)