2017-18 Dept of Psychology Colloquium Series - Carola Suarez-Orozco (UCLA)

The Curry School of Education, Youth-Nex, and the UVA Department of Psychology welcome

Carola Suarez-Orozco from UCLA to give a research lecture on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 3:30pm in GIlmer, Hall Rm. 190.

"A Developmental Perspective on Undocumented and Mixed-Family Status Children and Youth"

Talk Abstract:  In the United States, 5.3 million children and adolescents are growing up either with unauthorized status or with at least on parent who has that status.  Until recently, little research has provided a develompental lens on the implications of these statuses for youth development.  I will provide an overview of research evidence on multiple domains of development that may be affected by the child or parent's unauthorized status.  Further, I will describe the contextual and psychological mechanisms that may link these statuses to developmental outcomes.  I will conclude with recommendations for policy, practice, and research that are based on the evidence reviewed.

Speaker Bio: Carola Suárez-Orozco is a Professor of Human Development and Psychology at UCLA and is the co-founder of Re-Imagining Migration. She publishes widely in the areas of immigrant families and youth, educational achievement among immigrant origin youth, immigrant family separations, the role of the "social mirror" in identity formation, the role of mentors in facilitating youth development, gendered experiences of immigrant youth, civic engagement among emerging adults of immigrant origin, and immigrant origin youth in community college settings. Using mixed-methods research strategies, she recently completed a study, to examine the effects of unauthorized status on college students. Currently, she is a Principle Investigator on the Spencer Foundation Grant ("Making the Invisible Visible: Systematically Examining Classroom Bias with MET Data) and the Ford Grant ("Bridging the Compassion Gap: Addressing Social Inclusion for Immigrant Origin Children & Youth").