Melissa Morgan Consoli of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School will give the free talk “Overcoming Adversities Using the Things My Grandmother Told Me: Cultural Values and Resilience in Latino/a College Students” on Wednesday, January 15 at 12 noon in Education 2209. The event is sponsored by the Gevirtz School’s CORE (Conversations on Research in Education) Lunch Series. All members of the UCSB community are invited to attend; please bring your lunch – light refreshments will be served.
Dr. Morgan Consoli’s research focuses on resilience and the Latino/a population, as well as on cross-cultural, international, and immigrant populations – with specific interests in the role cultural differences play in resilience and thriving. With reference to a recent mixed methods study she and her students conducted with self-identified Mexican-American college students, she will discuss the important role that Mexican-American traditional cultural values such as familismo, respeto, religiosidad and gender roles play in providing strength for overcoming adversities.
Melissa Morgan Consoli is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology. All of her research is conducted through a social justice lens, using qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods designs as well as community based research paradigms. Her goal is for research to be culturally relevant, informative in the development of prevention and other community programs, and useful in addressing societal issues of concern for the populations with whom she works.