Americanah: Meaning-Making of Race and Immigrant Status in Schools

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 7,8
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 3: Promoting Diversity and Multicultural Competence in School Psychology

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. acknowledge the diversity among Black students.
  2. identify skills to provide equitable services to Black children and their families from African nations.
  3. identify the experiences of Black students who have emigrated to the United States and children of newcomers.


Black students have a wealth of experiences and salient identities; therefore, equitable service delivery must acknowledge in-group diversity. Within educational discourse, students of African-born parents are either excluded altogether or viewed from a binary perspective. These limited narratives continue marginalization and invisibility, reducing the possibility of equitable academic and social–emotional outcomes for all Black students. This poster will review the current literature on this group as it relates to schooling and delineates the next steps.



Mawule A. Sevon, The Key Consulting Firm, LLC
Angelina N. Nortey, Sage Wellness


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