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Exposure to (Ethnic) Diversity during Adolescence: Potential Implications for Development

Presenter: Adrienne Nishina

Apr 20, 2017
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM

Kerr Hall 386

Presenter: Adrienne Nishina

Title: Exposure to (Ethnic) Diversity during Adolescence: Potential Implications for Development

Abstract: Ongoing nationally visible events involving interethnic conflict have renewed concerns about race relations in the United States. At the same time, ethnic diversity continues to spread beyond urban cores to medium and smaller-sized cities within the US. These demographic shifts mean that youth are increasingly likely to encounter different-ethnicity peers. In this talk, I will focus on why and how ethnic diversity might actually promote positive social and academic outcomes during adolescence. I will also describe a variety of methodologies used to measure ethnic diversity (e.g., school composition, daily interactions with diverse peers, proximity) that can be implemented in research. Challenges and future directions will also be discussed.

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