This symposium brings together two leading experts to discuss the impact of structural racism and youth violence. The speakers will examine how youth experiences of violence limit potential development, increase disadvantages in already marginalized communities and contribute to the increasing criminalization of young people based on race. Both speakers will also talk about the future research needs in the field and alternative policy solutions.
Concentrated Disadvantage and Youth Violence
Dr. Valerie Maholmes
Chief of the Pediatric Trauma and Critical Illness Branch at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Abstract: The complex interplay of developmental factors, concentrated disadvantage and youth violence with a focus on NIH research priorities and future directions.
About the speaker: Valerie Maholmes is currently the chief of the Pediatric Trauma and Critical Illness Branch at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Prior to this appointment, she managed the Child and Family Processes/Child Maltreatment and Violence Research Program in the Child Development and Behavior Branch at NICHD. She serves on numerous federal interagency working groups including the National Institutes of Health Child Abuse and Neglect Working Group (co-chair), the Behavioral Health Coordinating Committee’s subcommittee on Trauma & Early Intervention, the Federal Interagency Working Group on Child Maltreatment, the Teen Dating Violence Working Group, and the PL 10995 Working Group on Children and Adversity, led by the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Prior to joining NICHD, she was a faculty member at the Yale School of Medicine in the Child Study Center, where for nearly thirteen years she provided an array of educational, clinical, and technical support services to schools in low-income neighborhoods and communities around the country. In 1999, she was named the Irving B. Harris assistant professor of child psychiatry. In 2003, Maholmes was awarded the prestigious Executive Branch Science Policy Fellowship, sponsored by the Society for Research in Child Development and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
In addition to her scholarly and clinical work, Maholmes served in leadership capacities on numerous committees and boards, including president of the board of directors for the Arnold Gesell Institute of Human Development. She also served two terms as a member of the New Haven Board of Education, where she was elected vice president/secretary and appointed chair of the curriculum committee.
Maholmes holds a PhD in educational psychology from Howard University and has completed a certificate program of advanced study and clinical training in school psychology, concentrating in the neuropsychological assessments and psychosocial functioning of school-aged children.
Justice as Healing and Learning: Addressing Racial Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System Through Restorative Justice
Dr. Lauren Abramson
Bio-Psychologist and Founding Director of the Community Conferencing Center in Baltimore, Maryland
Abstract: Racialized mass incarceration in the United States has been well-documented and has a devastating impact on the ability of families and communities of color. To make matters worse, racial bias in school discipline has also been well-documented, giving rise to the so-called school-to-prison pipeline. Youth of color are subjected to the criminalization of their behavior at younger and younger ages, making it infinitely more difficult to become successful and thriving adult. Restorative justice, in contrast to the retributive justice model offered by our court system, provides for fair and inclusive ways to address crime and conflict that promote healing and learning in the wake of harm. With restorative approaches, crime and conflict are actually used as a stepping stone to building stronger communities.
Co-sponsored with the Department of Sociology's Critical Race Initiative
This event will be held at 4 p.m. in the Atrium, Adele H. Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland.
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