Scott Seider is an applied developmental psychologist whose research focuses on the role of schools in supporting adolescents’ civic development. He has reported on this work in more than 70 academic publications including Schooling for Critical Consciousness: Engaging Black and Latinx Youth in Analyzing, Navigating, and Challenging Racial Injustice (Harvard Education Press, 2020). Findings from this five-year study of youth critical consciousness development have also been published in academic journals such as Child Development, Developmental Psychology, and the Journal of Research on Adolescence.
As a core faculty member in the Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology department at the Lynch School, Dr. Seider teaches undergraduate and graduate courses focused on adolescent development. He also serves on advisory boards for a number of different youth-serving organizations including EL (Expeditionary Learning) Education, the Journal of Adolescent Research, and the Center for Parent & Teen Communication.
Prior to joining the Boston College faculty, Dr. Seider worked as a teacher-educator at Boston University and as an English teacher in the Boston Public Schools and Westwood Public Schools.
Daren Graves is currently the director of the Urban Master's Program at Simmons College. As a teacher educator, he is committed to preparing teachers who see urban youth as assets in the teaching and learning process. His research interest involves the interplay of school culture and racial identity on the academic performance of Black adolescents. Graves' research has given him an understanding of the issues that Boston-area youth face inside and outside of their school environments. Graves previously served as assistant director at Simmons College Upward Bound in Boston, where he helped coordinate the academic and college preparation components of this federally funded after-school and summer program.
We need people to be critically conscious in order to go out and reduce oppression within their communities and to transform society.
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