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In this episode with McKenzie Stokes, we start off learning that researchers who inspire her are Dr. Elan Hope, Dr. Qiana Cryer-Coupet, and Kimberlé Crenshaw.
- Why the Intersectionality Theory coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw is understudied.
- How closeness to one’s mother contributes to racial identity
- The research surrounding racial socialization for multiracial youth
- The psychological trauma of being questioned about one’s Blackness
- How racial identity impacts the wellbeing of college-aged Black students at PWI’s
McKenzie Stokes is a first-generation college graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University. There, she studied Psychology and African American Studies. She is now a Doctor of Applied Social and Community Psychology candidate at North Carolina State University.
McKenzie’s research examines the role of race-based protective factors (e.g. racial socialization, racial identity), race-based risk factors (e.g. racial discrimination, racial trauma), and parent-child relationships on the wellbeing of racially marginalized adolescents. She specifically hopes to disrupt narratives of racial essentialism in this work and the world more generally.
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