Member Spotlights

Aerika Brittian Loyd

Because mentorship has been integral to my success at various stages of my career, my advice to researchers starting out is to develop a strong and diverse network of mentors, including some who teach you about you research and scholarship, and some who speak positively to your identity – they may or may not be at your university.

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Doré R. LaForett

In addition, we are now at a time when our infrastructure as a Caucus, combined with changes in how we communicate especially due to social media, makes the Latino Caucus well-positioned to have our knowledge, voices, and experiences come to the forefront to impact policies and practices affecting Latino children and families.

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Melissa Delgado

In my view, the Latino Caucus gives a voice to the much-needed new directions SRCD must take to best represent the multiple faces of the developing child in the U.S.

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Dr. Deborah Rivas-Drake

Successfully engaging and forming friendships with people from diverse ethnic/racial groups is an important kind of social competence, and one that is especially relevant given today’s pervasive racial tensions (Rivas-Drake et al., Child Development, in press).

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Barbara Rogoff

The field still needs to move beyond the narrow focus on middle-class European American children and childhoods, and the habit of interpreting childhoods of other communities from the perspective of middle-class European American practices (Rogoff, Coppens, Alcalá, Aceves-Azuara, Ruvalcaba, López, & Dayton, 2017).

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Rebecca White & student M. Dalal Safa

Probably because I have benefited from so many mentors and mentoring moments, one of the primary aspects of my career development that feels very salient to me right now is mentoring students.

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Elizabeth D. Peña

An important emphasis for me is that of increasing representation of Latino researchers and researchers with expertise in Latino children and families. It’s important that we have a voice in conducting and validating research and that our voice is heard. The Latino Caucus provides a vehicle for that to happen.

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Mayra Bámaca-Colbert

As an ethnic/racial minority scholar, having a place of belonging is critical and for me the SRCD Latino Caucus serves this important role.

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Carlos E. Santos

My recommendation for someone starting out in the field who is interested in identity and related oppressions (and affordances) is to blend research methodologies to consider both the lived experience as well as more easily quantified processes related to identity development.

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Linda Halgunseth

Before running for Chair Elect, I use to admire senior Latino/a researchers from a far through reading their articles and attending their symposiums. Now, I am able to meet and work side-by-side on a regular basis with top researchers who feel just as passionate about supporting healthy Latino child and family development.

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