30th Annual National Symposium on Family Issues

Family Socialization Around Race/Ethnicity and Racism: Advancing Understanding of Racial/Ethnic Inequalities in the U.S.

Despite its significance for individuals, families and the larger society, research on family socialization on issues of race/ethnicity and racism remains limited. Thus, the goal of Penn State’s 30th Annual Symposium on Family Issues is to draw scholars’ attention to the study of family socialization around racial/ethnic inequalities and racism in the U.S., including with a focus on family-focused programs, practices and policies that may help to address this national challenge and its widespread and deleterious implications.

Registrants will be able to livestream the symposium even if the event is held in person. A recording of the symposium will be available for registrants to view a couple days after the event.

Monday, October 24, 2022

9 am-noon

Session I: Race and Racism in the U.S.

Speakers in the first session will provide a broad overview of how social stratification and its consequences, specifically race and racism, have implications for racial/ethnic disparities in the U.S. Speakers will discuss the roles of micro- and macro- contexts and processes that underlie racial/ethnic disparities such as poverty and the contemporary legacy of slavery. Also considered is current research on perceptions of race in the U.S., including the role of racial colorblindness.

1:00-4:00 pm

Session II: Racial/Ethnic Socialization in Families of Color

Speakers in this session will provide an historical view on racial/ethnic socialization as well as racial/ethnic socialization practices in multiple contexts and groups. The session will also highlight the translation of research evidence into family-focused intervention programs to promote effective racial/ethnic socialization practices for children of color.

  • Gabriela Stein, Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Diane L. Hughes, Professor of Applied Psychology, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Development and Education
  • Riana Elyse Anderson, Assistant Professor of Health Behavior & Health Education, University of Michigan


Tuesday, October 25, 2022

9 am-noon

Session III: Antiracist Socialization in White Families

In addition to research on antiracist socialization by parents, particularly among majority white families, speakers will discuss factors that may explain the nature and extent of parents’ antiracist socialization, including racial colorblind socialization practices and the implications of parental socialization for how youth understand racism, power, white privilege, and racial inequality.

Register Here

Registration is required to view the livestream, attend in person, and view the recording of the symposium.  All registrants will be notified in mid-September as to whether the Symposium will be a hybrid event or virtual only.

Symposium Sponsors

The Symposium on Family Issues is sponsored annually by The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R13 HD048150) along with Penn State’s Population Research Institute and Social Science Research Institute.

Also see:

Family Symposium Homepage
Family Symposium Book Series

Starts:  Oct 24, 2022 09:00 (ET)
Ends:  Oct 25, 2022 12:30 (ET)
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Carolyn Scott