Plenary: Growing Up in the Shadows: Living in Undocumented and Mixed-Family Status

Plenary Session

This session will be live streamed

Carola Suárez-Orozco, Ph.D., Professor, Human Development and Psychology, UCLA; Cofounder, Re-imagining Migration

Facilitator: Bahira Sherif Trask, 2018 NCFR Program Chair

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10:00 AM
11:45 AM
Location
Golden Pacific Ballroom
Session #
319
Session Type
Plenary
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Sponsored by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Pre-Address Agenda:

  • Welcome: Bahira Sherif Trask, Ph.D., University of Delaware, 2018 Conference Program Chair
  • Welcome from the Plenary Sponsor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Ramona Faith Oswald, Ph.D.

Presentation of Awards:

  • Ruth Hathaway Jewson Award to Hyanghee Lee, Ph.D., Colorado State University; Presenter: Jodi B. Dworkin, Ruth Hathaway Jewson Award Chair
  • NCFR Student Award to Caroline M. Sanner, Ph.D., University of Missouri; Presenter: Kimberly A. Crossman, SNP Board Representative

Plenary Presentation:

Carola Suárez-Orozco, Ph.D., Professor, Human Development and Psychology, UCLA; Cofounder, Re-imagining Migration

  • Session Facilitator: Bahira Sherif Trask, Ph.D., University of Delaware, 2018 Conference Program Chair

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Carola Suárez-Orozco

In the United States, 5.3 million children and adolescents are growing up either with unauthorized status or with at least one parent who has that status. Until recently, little research has provided a developmental 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 familial unauthorized status. Further, I will describe the contextual and psychological mechanisms that may link status to developmental outcomes. I will conclude with recommendations for policy, practice, and research.

Objectives

  1. Understand prevalence;
  2. Understand the ways in which undocumented status has implications for familial, educational, and experiences within the wider society;
  3. Consider the developmental implications of undocumented status for an array of developmental outcomes;
  4. Consider the implications for research and practice for children, youth, and families who may be touched by this experience.

About the Presenter

Carola Suárez-Orozco, Ph.D., is a professor of human development and psychology at UCLA and cofounder of Re-Imagining Migration. Her books include Children of Immigration, Learning a New Land, as well as Transitions: The Development of the Children of Immigrants. She has been awarded an American Psychological Association (APA) Presidential Citation for her contributions to the understanding of cultural psychology of immigration, has served as chair of the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration, and is a member of the National Academy of Education. Currently, she is the Principle Investigator on a Spencer Foundation Grant ("Making the Invisible Visible: Systematically Examining Classroom Bias with MET Data) and a Ford Foundation Grant ("Bridging the Compassion Gap: Addressing Social Inclusion for Immigrant Origin Children & Youth.")

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