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How Race & Ethnicity Matter in Youth Mentoring ★

Monday, Jun 1, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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How Race & Ethnicity Matter in Youth Mentoring

Bernadette Sanchez, Ph.D.

Vincent de Paul Professor

DePaul University Department of Psychology

Monday, June 1, 2020

12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.

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Abstract: Much of the literature on youth mentoring has focused on the effects of mentoring interventions (e.g., DuBois et al., 2011; Van Dam et al., 2018). Yet little of this research has specifically attended to the role of race/ethnicity and cultural responsiveness of mentoring despite the fact that the majority of youth served by mentoring interventions are youth of color (Garringer et al., 2017). Through a series of studies, Bernadette will show how processes, such as ethnic/racial identity, youth cultural mistrust, mentor support for youth’s ethnic/racial identity, and mentors’ cultural humility and social justice attitudes, matter in youth mentoring relationships and positive developmental outcomes.

Bio: Bernadette Sánchez is a Professor of Community Psychology at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. She is an expert on the role of mentoring relationships in the positive development and education of urban, low-income adolescents of color. Bernadette has authored literature reviews on the roles of race, ethnicity, and culture in youth mentoring for the leading scholarly handbook for youth mentoring. She recently completed a Distinguished Fellowship Award with the William T. Grant Foundation. She has received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF) and local foundations for her mentoring research. Bernadette is a member of the Research Board for the National Mentoring Resource Center. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Fairfield University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Community and Prevention Research from the University of Illinois at Chicago.