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Videos And Teaching Materials On “Hidden Figures” In Developmental Science

As you may know, there are over 100,000 psychology undergraduate majors and approximately 15,000 human development undergraduate majors in the United States, of which approximately only 15% are underrepresented minorities. In fact, Blacks and Hispanics are often underrepresented in graduate studies and particularly in full professor and leadership roles. To pique the interest of a broader diversity of potential developmental scientists at an earlier stage in their own career development, the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) has developed the “Hidden Figures” in Development Science video series, which I write to you about now.

The videos feature 12 scholars, include narratives of these leaders’ professional trajectories, the challenges they have faced along the way, and their perspective on how diversity enhances the contributions of developmental science. Accompanying pedagogical materials for each video include in-class and out-of-class activities, discussion questions, and small group activities. To view the videos and pedagogical materials please visit They are also provided below for your easy reference.

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