Cherlin Memorial Lecture: Looking Back to Go Forward in Racism and Youth Mental Health Research

Friday, March 3, 2023 - 1:30pm

Please join us for the Cherlin Memorial Lecture with Professor Enrique Neblett
University of Michigan

Friday, March 3, 2023
Location: Mason 211
Followed by a boxed lunch reception in the Mann Center, Dunham 107

Title: Sankofa: Looking Back to Go Forward in Racism and Youth Mental Health Research

Abstract: Sankofa is an Akan Adinkra symbol, which signifies that a people should “use the best of their past to guide them into the future” (Grills, 2004, p. 182). In this colloquium presentation, I will: 1) review past work linking racism-related stress experiences and mental health among Black American youth, underlying mechanisms, and protective mechanisms that mitigate the mental health sequelae of racism and discrimination; and 2) describe future research examining structural racism and discrimination as a determinant of mental health and evaluating mental health-enhanced workforce development programs in Detroit, Michigan. This presentation will seek to “return to the source,” take stock, and chart forward a new direction for improving and promoting mental health equity and the mental health of Black young people.

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