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Presidential Task Force on Advancing Social and Emotional Development of Black Boys

The Presidential Task Force on Advancing Social and Emotional Development of Black Boys Through Research, Advocacy, and Community Engagement was appointed by the 2020 Div. 37 president, Erlanger “Earl” Turner, PhD, with the goal of advancing research and advocacy efforts that impact the lives of Black boys.

Research has consistently shown that Black boys experience significant challenges and are more likely to experience adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) compared to their counterparts. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that individuals from ethnic and racial communities are approximately four times more likely to experience ACEs. This task force is composed of researchers, clinicians, and public policy advocates who will lead efforts toward prevention through identifying resources and engaging in public education efforts to promote strength-based approaches to reduce adversity.

Task Force members:

  • Scott Graves, PhD (Chair), The Ohio State University

  • Robert Fields, MA, Independent Practice

  • Amber Hewitt, PhD, Families USA

  • Shawn C.T. Jones, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Thomas Vance, PhD, Concierge Psychology, PC, Atlanta, GA, The New School for Social Research, Department of Psychology

  • Daphne C. Watkins, PhD, University of Michigan, School of Social Work

  • Erlanger “Earl” Turner, PhD (Ex-officio), Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education and Psychology


Strengthening the Development of Black Boys

June 9 at 12 p.m. ET; 11 a.m. CT; 9 a.m. PT

Speakers: Byron M. McClure, Riana E. Anderson, and Howard C. Stevenson

Moderator: Erlanger A. Turner, Div. 37 president and assistant professor at Pepperdine University

This webinar focused on exploring the challenges faced by Black boys and strategies to build social-emotional development and resilience.

Date created: July 2020