No Longer At the Margins: Envisioning The Integration Of An Intersectional Lens In Developmental Science

Organizers/Leaders: Russell Toomey (University of Arizona) and Carlos Santos (Arizona State University)

Summary: This interdisciplinary working group brings an intersectional lens to envision the future of research on adolescent development and well-being. An intersectional lens will contribute to research that seeks to understand and ultimately address structural oppressions that shape developmental inequities.
Resources: Key references for an intersectional lens in developmental science:
       Overview: The developmental sciences can no longer ignore youth who were once conceptualized as inhabiting the margins. As demographics and social trends in the U.S. continue to change at a rapid pace, we must attend to the intersectional and interlocking experiences among young people who embody various forms of diversity such as racial/ethnic, linguistic, sexual, gender, geospatial, and socioeconomic diversity. If we are to tackle ways to address critical issues affecting diverse youths of today (e.g., lack of access to opportunities), we must confront the ways in which developmental science can transform itself to better address the structural oppressions that shape developmental inequities and affordances, and the intersecting nature of these oppressions. Our interdisciplinary working group (e.g., American studies, developmental sciences, family sciences, social and community psychology, sociology) will bring an intersectional lens to envision the future of our science, with a focus on adolescent development and well-being. We draw from leading conceptual frameworks in the field and plan several conceptual, review, and methodological/measurement publications over the two-year period. Our group’s progress and findings will be presented at SRA in 2018.
Participants: Aprile Benner and Stephen Russell (University of Texas at Austin); Jacy Farkas and Maura Shramko (University of Arizona); April Few-Demo (Virginia Tech); Jessica Fish (University of Texas at Austin); Negin Ghavami (UCLA); Erin Godfrey (New York University); Patrick Grzanka and Jioni Lewis (University of Tennessee-Knoxville); Dalal  Katsiaficas (University of Illinois, Chicago); Silvia Koller (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul); Jonathan Mohr (University of Maryland); Luis Parra (University of California, Davis); Paul Poteat (Boston College); Valerie Purdie-Vaughns (Columbia University); Andrea Romero (University of Arizona); and Moin Syed (University of Minnesota); Rachel VanDaalen (Arizona State University).