4-19&20-2012 Carola Suárez-Orozco

Presentation Archive

Academic Year 2011-2012

Public Presentation April 19 (Thurs.) and Public Symposium April 20 (Friday), 2012. See below for particulars.

Public Presentation: April 19 (Thursday), 7:30-9:30, Fisher Hall 719.

Presenter: Professor Carola Suárez-Orozco, New York University.

Dr. Carola Suárez-Orozco is a Professor of Applied Psychology at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Development and Co-Director of Immigration Studies @ NYU. She publishes widely in the areas of immigrant families and youth, educational achievement among immigrant origin youth, immigrant family separations, the role of the "social mirror" in identity formation, the role of mentors in facilitating youth development, and gendered experiences of immigrant youth. Her books include: Learning a New Land: Immigrant Children in American Society; Children of Immigration; Transformations: Migration, Family Life, and Achievement Motivation Among Latino Adolescents; and The New Immigration: An Interdisciplinary Reader. In 2006, she was awarded an American Psychological Association Presidential Citation for her contributions to the field of cultural psychology and immigration. She also served as the Chair of the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration (report to be released in 2012).

Living in the Shadows: Developmental Implications of Unauthorized Status

Abstract: Unauthorized immigrants account for approximately one-fourth of all immigrants in the United States, yet they dominate public perceptions and are at the heart of a policy impasse. Caught in the middle are the children of these immigrants­youth who are coming of age and living in the shadows. An estimated 5.5 million children and adolescents are growing up with unauthorized parents and are experiencing multiple and yet unrecognized developmental consequences as a result of their family's existence in the shadow of the law. Although these youth are American in spirit and voice, they are nonetheless members of families that are "illegal" in the eyes of the law. A conceptual framework to systematically examine the ways in which unauthorized status affects the millions of children, ado- lescents, and emerging adults caught in its wake will be presented considering a host of critical developmental outcomes that have implications for child and youth well-being as well as for our nation's future.

Friday Symposium with Professor Suárez-Orozco: April 20 (Friday), 12:00-2:00, 207 College Hall, Berger Gallery.

(For this event the audience is expected to have read the paper and to be prepared to initiate the bulk of the discussion that will follow the speaker's brief introduction to the topic. A lunch will be provided).

Immigrant Youth: A Mixed Methods Perspective

Abstract: Immigration presents both opportunities and challenges that affect students' academic pathways. In this talk, I will present findings from a 5-year longitudinal study of newcomer immigrant students from various countries in Central America, China, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Mexico. Using an ecological-developmental framework, this mixed methods study sheds light on the cumulative developmental challenges immigrant adolescents face as they adjust to their new educational settings.