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Living United for Racial Equity and Social Justice

Date: Thu, Nov 19, 2020 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EST United Way has been utilizing partnerships in order to identify issues and implement change in communities for over 125 years. Given the detrimental effects structural racism and COVID-19 has had (and continues to have) on communities across the United States, United Way leaders from […]

How African American boys and young men cope and adapt to racial and socioeconomic stressors through research

Barbarin, O. A., Tolan, P. H., Gaylord-Harden, N., & Murry, V. (2020). Promoting social justice for African-American boys and young men through research and intervention: A challenge for developmental science. Applied Developmental Science, 24(3), 196–207. https://doi.org/10.1080/10888691.2019.1702880 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although there is a lot of evidence that proves how detrimental racism and being […]

[Webinar] National Conversations: Race, Relationships and Resources

Big Brothers Big Sisters and special guests from the National Urban League and Mindset Strategies are teaming up to present National Conversations: Race, Relationships, and Resources webinar series, debuting August 6th at 4 PM EST. Join us live on the BBBSA Facebook page, as we discuss ways to dismantle racial inequities that affect our youth. #BiggerTogether […]

7 ways American racism is alive and well today

By Sandra Feter, Futurity Racism is a deeply American problem and, based on a review of prior research, there are seven factors contributing to racism in the US today, researchers argue in a new paper. “People often define racism as disliking or mistreating others on the basis of race. That definition is wrong,” says coauthor […]

How natural mentors help youth develop strong racial identities: Implications for school success

Child Development, 83 (4), 1196-1212. Natural mentors as key factors in promoting both racial identity and educational attainment among African American teens Problem: Great disparities in educational attainment exist between White and African American students. These differences can lead to increased rates of unemployment, poverty, and mental and physical health problems in comparison to Whites […]

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Torie Weiston-Serdan on Critical Mentoring

Written by Vera van den Berg  Torie Weiston-Serdan is the founder of the Youth Mentoring Action Network— a non-profit organization that focuses on youth mentoring. Moreover, Torie Weiston-Serdan is the author of “Critical mentoring: A practical guide”. She examines how marginalized and minority youth are served by mentoring and mentoring organizations. Critical mentoring, central to […]

Grit, John Henryism, and the hidden toll of promoting “character” over social justice

By Joan Brasher-Vanderbilt Past research shows that black college students draw on “grit”—mental toughness and perseverance—to achieve in predominantly white academic institutions. But a new study says that idea fails to recognize an emerging mental health crisis for these students. “Weathering the cumulative effects of living in a society characterized by white dominance and privilege […]

Racial discrimination and ethnic identity in Latina/o youth

by Bernadette Sanchez Ali Mroczkowski, my student, and I recently published a study on the roles of adult racial discrimination and ethnic identity in Latina/o youth’s perception of the economic value of education (Mroczkowski & Sánchez, 2015). The youth in our study were high school students who were mostly from ethnically homogenous communities and schools. […]

Latino Adolescents’ Ethnic Identity is a Buffer Against Perceived Discrimination

Submitted by Amy Glaspie  By Tara Kuther  As adolescents’ social worlds expand, they become increasingly aware of, and sensitive to, the views of others. Perceived ethnic discrimination poses risks for adolescents’ adjustment. Ethnic identity, the degree to which one identifies with the values, attitudes, and behaviors of one’s culture, increases in salience during adolescence and […]

Discrimination-Related Stress Affects Mental Health of Latino Teens, Particularly Those Born in the United States to Immigrant Parent

Sirin, S.R., Rogers-Sirein, L., Cressen, J., Gupta, T. Ahmed, S.F., and Novaoa (2015). Discrimination-Related Stress Affects Mental Health of Latino Teens, Particularly Those Born in the United States to Immigrant Parents. Child Development. Latinos are the largest and fastest-growing ethnic minority in the United States, comprising 15 percent of the total U.S. population, one third […]