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Panel Discussion: Race and the Transition to Adulthood
February 26, 2021
3:30-5:00pm PST

This event will allow attendees to engage in emerging research on important issues facing racially, ethnically and economically marginalized youth as they transition into adulthood. The panel will include research on the impacts of exposure to community violence, how cultural norms in higher education affect disadvantaged youths’ transition to college, and the unique experiences of Black millenials. Panelists will also discuss policies that effectively promote positive transitions.

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Panelists Include:

Randall Akee is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles in the Department of Public Policy and American Indian Studies. He is also Chair of the America Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program. Current research focuses on income inequality and immobility by race and ethnicity in the US.


Orly Clergé is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at UC-Davis and her research focuses on race and racism, migration & immigration, cities, and cultural identity. She is the award-winning author of the book The New Noir: Race, Identity & Diaspora in Black Suburbia (University of California Press, 2019).


Rebecca Covarrubias is an Associate Professor of Psychology at UC Santa Cruz and Faculty Director of the Student Success Equity Research Center (SSERC). As a social and cultural psychologist, Professor Covarrubias’ research focuses on issues of identity, culture, health, and educational quality/access for underrepresented and diverse individuals.


Nicole Kravitz-Wirtz is an Assistant Professor with VPRP in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses broadly on the social and policy determinants, consequences, and prevention of violence and related health outcomes over the life course and across generations, with a particular emphasis on inequities by race-ethnicity and the residential environment. 

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