2020 Intensive Institute Facilitator and Guest Scholar

The CFI is pleased to announce the Dr. Buffie Longmire-Avital will be facilitating the Critical Mentoring: Engaging Diverse Student Participation in Research (Institute) as part of Janaury Institute.

Dr. Buffie Longmire-Avital is an associate professor of psychology and the coordinator of the African and African-American Studies program at Elon University. She received her PhD in applied developmental psychology from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Her research interests focus on how psychosocial and cultural factors contribute to health disparities that impact minority emerging adults. She examines the relationships among psychosocial factors (specifically depression, perceived partner availability, and racial identity) on HIV/AIDS risk behaviors for sexually active emerging adult Black women and men. Second, she explores how chronic minority status stressors (e.g., daily encounters with discrimination, microaggressions, and racism) play a part in the development of unhealthy lifestyle behaviors and sustain health disparities. Longmire-Avital has published numerous articles. She is also a recipient of the prestigious National Institutes of Health, Loan Repayment Program. In 2016, she served as a guest editor for Perspectives on Undergraduate Research and Mentoring Journal issue on working with historically underrepresented students in undergraduate research. Dr. Longmire-Avital has continued this work as the Center for Engaged Learning Scholar at Elon, where she is focusing on the experiences of historically underrepresented students in high impact practices. Her blog reflects on best practices to generate and sustain critically conscious approaches that support these often underserved and invisible students.

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