Child Development in a Diverse Majority Society Lecture Series

It is expected that by 2044, the United States will become a majority-minority society, with Non-Hispanic Whites comprising less than half of the U.S. population. As the nation prepares for this transition, the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) has launched an annual Lecture Series entitled Child Development in a Diverse Majority Society.

The idea for the SRCD Lecture Series grew out of discussions of the SRCD Ethnic and Racial Issues Committee led by Dawn Witherspoon, current chair of the committee and McCourtney Family Early Career Professor in Psychology, Associate Professor at Pennsylvania State University, and Eleanor Seaton, former chair of the committee and Associate Professor at Arizona State University, and joined by Martha Zaslow, Director for Policy at SRCD, on ways that SRCD could use research to help to anticipate and inform the transition to a majority diverse society. Each year, SRCD will partner with a different university to co-sponsor a lecture by a distinguished scholar at the hosting institution who is researching this critical topic.

Read the full series announcement from the inaugural lecture at UVA.

Previous lectures

April 2, 2019: Preparing Racial-Ethnic Minority Children for STEM Opportunities: Promoting Identity and Efficacy in Community Afterschool Programs
Hosted by University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences
Presented by Emilie Smith, Ph.D., University of Georgia

UGA Lecture Resources:

  • Video coming soon

July 17, 2018: “The Transformative Power of Diversity in Education is Enormous”: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century

Hosted by University of Virginia Curry School of Education
Presented by Joanna Lee Williams, Ph.D., University of Virginia
Panel discussions with Natalia Palacios, Ph.D., University of Virginia, and Genevieve Siegel-Hawley Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University

UVA Lecture Resources: