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Sep
21
Wed
2016
Francheska Alers-Rojas – NLPA Presentation Workshop @ 3773 Haven Hall
Sep 21 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Paper to be presented at the 2016 National Latino/a Psychological Association Biennial Conference, Sept. 29 – Oct. 2, Orlando, Florida.
Abstract:
We used longitudinal data (N=287) from Cohort 9 of the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods to investigate whether Latina mothers and adolescents’ (73.5% Mexican) agreement about adolescents’ exposure to community violence changes between early (M=11.20, SD=0.59) and middle adolescence (M=13.69, SD=0.55). We also examined the impact that child gender, language used by mother, and differences in nativity status had on mother-adolescent agreement. Our results indicate that adolescents in this sample were not exposed to high levels of community violence during both early and middle adolescence, and that agreement about non-exposure was high. Using descriptive statistics, we found that mothers overestimated their children’s exposure to community violence in early adolescence, while underestimating their exposure in middle adolescence. A Mann-Whitney U Test revealed that in early adolescence, mother-son pairs (53%) had lower total and witnessing violence agreement scores than same gender pairs. Kruskal-Wallis Tests revealed that during middle adolescence, mothers who spoke to their children in Spanish (65.5%) or in both English and Spanish (10.8%) had higher total violence exposure agreement scores than mothers who spoke English (15%). Similarly, when either the mother (57.5%) or the mother and adolescent (19.2%) were born outside the U.S., agreement about total and witnessing violence was higher than when both were born in the U.S (23%). Several implications can be drawn from this study. Most importantly, Spanish language use at home and nativity status—both referents for cultural attachment and retention of traditional cultural values—appear to be protective for Latino families; even during middle adolescence when greater need for adolescent autonomy may increase family conflict. Future research should investigate whether Spanish language use and nativity status are associated with mother-adolescent agreement among youth exposed to high levels of community violence, and their implications for Latino adolescents’ well-being.
Bio:
Francheska received her B.A. in Pre-Law from the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Campus and her J.D. from the University of Puerto Rico Law School. She is currently a PhD student in Developmental Psychology at the University of Michigan. Francheska is broadly interested in the intersections of socioeconomic context, race and ethnicity and child development. Her current research examines factors that determine Latina mothers’ knowledge and awareness of their children’s exposure to community violence.
Sep
29
Thu
2016
Pulse and Queer Latinidad @ 3512 Haven Hall
Sep 29 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Pulse and Queer Latinidad @ 3512 Haven Hall

The Latina/o Studies Program at the University of Michigan’s Department of American Culture is organizing a forum series for the 2016-2017 academic year. For more information, please visit the Latina/o Studies website.
The first forum, “Pulse and Queer Latinidad,” is dedicated to the June 12, 2016 shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The participants will discuss the importance of spaces such as Pulse for young queer Latinas/os, the mainstream media’s coverage of the shooting, the impact such a tragedy had on the LGBTQ and Latina/o communities, the ways in which many young Latinas/os used on-line forums to create a support network, and the ongoing systemic violence against queer Latinas/os. The forum participants are Dr. Ramón Rivera-Servera, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Performance Studies, Northwestern University; Dr. Larry La Fountain-Stokes, Associate Professor, Departments of American Culture, Romance Languages and Literatures, and Women’s Studies; Vicky Koski-Karell, doctoral student, Medical School and Department of Anthropology; and Patrick Mullen-Coyoy, BA student, Honors Latina/o Studies, Spanish, and History. Dr. María Cotera, Associate Professor, Departments of American Culture and Women’s Studies, will moderate.

Sep
30
Fri
2016
Natalia Molina @ Angell Hall Aud. D
Sep 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Oct
21
Fri
2016
Grant Writing Workshop @ 3773 Haven Hall
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Graduate student workshop.

Details forthcoming.

Nov
3
Thu
2016
Latinas/os and the 2016 Elections @ 2435 North Quad
Nov 3 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Latinas/os and the 2016 Elections @ 2435 North Quad

The Latina/o Studies Program at the University of Michigan’s Department of American Culture is organizing a forum series for the 2016-2017 academic year. For more information, visit the Latina/o Studies website.

The second forum, “Latinas/os and the 2016 Election,” just five days before the 2016 presidential election, will address the political mobilization of Latinas/os in response to Donald Trump’s campaign, the community’s engagement with policy debates regarding immigration, and the response of a diverse Latina/o community (in terms of ethnicity, age, and gender) to the Republican and Democratic candidates and platforms. The participants are Dr. John García, Research Professor Emeritus, Institute for Social Research, ICPSR and Center for Political Studies; Dr. Mara Cecilia Ostfeld, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science; and Vanessa Cruz Nichols, doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science. Dr. Silvia Pedraza, Professor, Departments of American Culture and Sociology, will moderate.

Nov
11
Fri
2016
Mock ASA Presentations Workshop @ 3773 HH
Nov 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Graduate student workshop. Details forthcoming.

Nov
14
Mon
2016
Dr. Adriana Aldana Community Talk @ East Hall 4464
Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dec
9
Fri
2016
Fall Write-In @ Rackham Graduate School, West Conference Room
Dec 9 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Fall Write-In @ Rackham Graduate School, West Conference Room | Ann Arbor | Michigan | United States

The Latinx Studies Workshop (LSW) and the Latino/a Student Psychological Association are hosting a write-in for graduate students. Do you have a paper that needs finishing? Reading for your dissertation? Bring your laptop. Breakfast and coffee is on us!

 

 

Fall Write-In @ TBD
Dec 9 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us for an end-of-the-term write-in event! Work on final papers, grading, or any other task with other LSW grad students.

Details forthcoming.

Mar
21
Tue
2017
Dr. Adriana Umaña-Taylor Community Talk @ 4464 East Hall
Mar 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Latino/a Student Psychological Association (LSPA) is sponsoring a community talk by Dr. Adriana Umaña-Taylor on Tuesday, March 21 from 6 to 8 pm in 4464 East Hall. Dinner will be served.