Gabriella Celeste is the Policy Director of the Schubert Center for Child Studies, an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, and Co-Director of the Childhood Studies Minor. She will examine how principles of child and adolescent development inform the importance of building positive and safe school learning environments. Using national and statewide data, she will analyze how issues of safety and security in schools are addressed and trends in school discipline, with a focus on the disparities facing youth of color and youth with disabilities. Gabriella will also present policy guidance and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing Ohio school districts and the students and families they serve. A question and answer period will follow.
In her work at the Schubert Center, Gabriella works to build partnerships that promote effective public policy and practice for the well-being of children and adolescents. She also teaches an undergraduate child policy curriculum, supervises Schubert’s child policy externship program and conducts workshops on various topics related to child well-being and developmentally-informed policies and practices. She has worked extensively with vulnerable children, co-founded the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana in 1997, and has been instrumental in juvenile justice policy reform in Ohio. She was reappointed to the Ohio Public Defender Commission by Governor Kasich in 2015 and sits on multiple boards. She received her BS from Northwestern University and JD from the University of Michigan Law School.