Dialoging for Democracy (2019)
Youth-Nex is celebrating 10 years and proud to host the 7th Youth-Nex Conference! #YouthAct19
On November 12-13th, 2019, the 7th Youth-Nex Conference, “Dialoging for Democracy: Youth Moral Reasoning and Social Justice” (#YouthAct19), will provide a forum for youth, practitioners, researchers, and policy makers across the country to participate in a robust discussion about whether contentious and contracted historical and contemporary social issues is necessary for the health of our democracy. During this conference we will explore how we engage with issues of human welfare and justice with young people, taking into account their developmental capacities and social identities. Young people themselves are actively making meaning of the world and leading the conversation in many areas of social change, including a number of issues on which youth themselves have pointed out the moral imperative for action (e.g., climate change, gun control, racial and economic justice, immigration). During this conference, participants will discuss the developmental underpinnings of moral reasoning, best practices for engaging adolescents in generative discourse that promotes the development of one’s moral reasoning, and examples of how this is applied in classroom and out-of-school settings to further democratic engagement. We hope you will join us for an engaging, critical discussion.
Conference Chairs: Johari Harris, Ph.D with Nancy Deutsch, Ph.D.
Download the full PDF of the program.
Download the PDF of presenters' bios.
A reception to celebrate Youth-Nex's 10th anniversary was also held. Check out photos from the event below!
Videos of the Conference
Nancy Deutsch, Youth-Nex Director; Robert Pianta, Dean, Curry School of Education; Johari Harris, Conference Co-Chair
Connecting Moral Reasoning, Dialogue & Democracy
Panel 1: Noelle Hurd, Nicholas Burbules, Gabriel Velez, Shawn Brown
Moral Reasoning and Social Justice
Panel 2: Johari Harris, Larry Nucci, Aaron Metzger, Gustavo Carlo, Janie Ward
Intersectionality, Moral Reasoning, Social Justice
Panel 3: Nancy Deutsch, Onnie Rodgers, Stacey Horn, Emma Yackso
“Value Neutral” Youth Spaces
Panel 4: Derrick Alridge, Joyce King, Steve Becton, Steve Whitaker, Uche Chima
Generative Discourse in Classrooms and Youth Orgs
Panel 5: Daniel Fairley, Rob Jagers, Robyn Lingo, Maya Branch, Zachary Bell
PYD for Democracy
Panel 6: Joanna Lee Williams, Derrick Alridge, Melody Barnes, Nancy Deutsch, Patrick Tolan
Delilah, Nancy Deutsch
Photos of the Conference
Johari Harris, Conference Co-Chair
Nancy Deutsch, Director of Youth-Nex
Conference Drew from Across UVA and the Country
Over 100 people attended the conference; the audience was a combination of faculty, researchers, community leaders, youth, graduate, and undergraduate students.
Multiple, Engaging Panels
The conference featured six panels in order to exhibit multiple perspectives on youth and democracy.
Several Youth Presentations
An important facet of the conference was including the voices of young people since they are the focus. Several youths from the community were invited to speak.
Youth/Student Performers Included
Komi Da Homie is a performance artist and student from Togo, West Africa, and Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Not Your Typical Conference
Audience members were encouraged to be active participants and ask questions thereby facilitating discussions and critical thinking.
Youth-Nex's 10th Anniversary Reception
History & Future of Youth-Nex
Nancy Duetsch, Director of Youth-Nex, gives opening remarks on the history of the center and shares more on its future endeavors.
Importance of Youth Involvement
Youth-Nex invited youth to participate in the celebration and honor their contributions to the center's success.
The Program Director for Teen Empowerment attended and represents community leaders we've collaborated with to promote effective youth development.
Supporting a Variety of Faculty Roles
Youth-Nex is committed to the training pipeline for faculty, supporting all faculty levels and types including post-docs, research assistant professors and more!
Student Support in a Multidisciplinary Center
Youth-Nex works with and supports graduate students from a variety of backgrounds in education, psychology, and clinical sciences.
A Sustaining Commitment to the Center
Patrick Tolan is the Founding Director of Youth-Nex, pictured with Catherine Bradshaw and Jennifer Hunter who support the work of Youth-Nex.
Read the articles written about our conference below:
- NBC29: UVA School of Education and Human Development Youth-Nex Center hold conference to support student activism
- Augusta Free Press: Youth-Nex hosting annual conference on dialogue, democracy
- Cavalier Daily: School of Education and Human Development program hosts two day symposium on dialogue and democracy
- UVA Today: Q&A: Understanding Adolescence in 2019
- EHD School News: Q&A: How Developing Moral Reasoning in Youth Helps Create a Better Democracy
On the left, check out the buzz generated on Twitter by the conference, using #YouthAct19!
Youth-Nex, The UVA Center to Promote Effective Youth Development, is a trans-disciplinary center that aims to expand and apply the science of positive youth development to address fundamental challenges facing societies around the world.