Hidden Figures: New Video Series Highlights the Career Paths of Developmental Scientists of Color

January 30, 2020

The Society for Research in Child Development has produced a new series of videos as part of its initiative, Hidden Figures in Developmental Science. Funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the series aims to increase the visibility of leading developmental scientists of color who have made critical research contributions and paved the way, through mentoring and advocacy, for younger scholars of color.

The final video in the series, How Did I Get Here: My Journey to Developmental Science,   
features several scholars with RSF affiliations, including RSF trustee Hirokazu Yoshikawa, author Margaret Beale Spencer (University of Chicago), and former visiting scholars Diane Hughes (New York University) and Natasha J. Cabrera (University of Maryland, College Park). Each of the interview subjects discusses how they became social scientists and cultivated their interest in child and adolescent development, with several pointing to the ways that their experiences in undergraduate education piqued their curiosity the field. Many of them recount moving away from more traditional career interests in pediatric medicine and other clinical work to pursue research. 

RSF celebrates SCRD’s efforts to highlight the career trajectories of social scientists of color; we hope that this series serves not only to document the work of this generation’s scholars of color but also to inspire new generations in the years to come. 

For more on the Hidden Figures series, please click here

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