In the wake of multiple recent shootings of unarmed ethnic minority teens, substantial media attention has been directed toward discussions of how parents of color should prepare children for the realities of racism and discrimination. For the past 20 years, Dr. Hughes’ scholarship has focused on understanding how children learn (and parents teach) about race, including lessons about racial discrimination. How do conversations take place in families? What is communicated?
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Diane Hughes, Ph.D., Professor, Psychology and Co-Director, Center for Research on Culture, Development and Education at New York University
Dr. Dan Clawson and Dr. Naomi Gerstel
Please join us in celebrating the release of a new book by UMass professors and Center for Research on Families Scholars’
Professors Clawson and Gerstel will discuss their book, followed by a moderated discussion. An informal reception will be held after the reading. Please RSVP here
Do major events in the political realm affect racial attitudes, and if so, who is most susceptible to these effects? Dr. Tatishe Nteta, a 2014 CRF Family Research Scholar, focuses on how culture, political trends, and major life cycle events influence individuals as they mature.
Imagine that you’re watching your favorite television show while your child is happily playing in the same room. If your son or daughter isn’t paying attention to the screen, can the programming still influence their development? And if they are looking and listening, can young children even understand what’s coming out of the tube?
Dr. Maureen Perry-Jenkins—professor of psychology and director of UMass Amherst’s Center for Research on Families—recently served as an invited panel member on a national webinar with experts and policy leaders discussing low-income families and work place policies. During her appearance, she described the findings of her latest research study and lent her support to the Schedules That Work Act, a new piece of legislation proposed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
Chantal Newkirk, a 2014 UMass Amherst sociology graduate, used her 2013-2014 Undergraduate Research Assistantship from CRF to work with sociology professor Michelle Budig on a project examining how specific work-family policies and gendered cultural differences shape women's employment decisions.