Dr. Juan Del Toro, a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the University of Pittsburgh
Title: Understanding the Social and Biological Antecedents and Consequences of Racial Discrimination Across the Life Span
Abstract: As a rapidly diversifying nation, the United States is marked by profound racial inequities. Recent nationwide data suggested that almost one-in-four youth of color experienced interpersonal racial discrimination, let alone the structural and institutional barriers that they frequently experience relative to their White peers. In this talk, I will present the short- and long-term consequences associated with specific perpetrators of racial discrimination and with the involvement in the criminal justice system across the life span from childhood to adulthood. Specifically, I will take multi-method and interdisciplinary approaches to elucidate: (1) why distinguishing between perpetrators of racial discrimination matters for child development and (2) the direct and intergenerational consequences of involvement in the criminal justice system. Lastly, I will discuss how researchers and interventions can draw from the evidence base to create diverse and inclusive environments for supporting positive youth development and reduce the consequences of youth of color’s involvement in the criminal justice system.