“Being Undocumented in the U.S. and the World” with Hirokazu Yoshikawa – Nov. 10

Hirokazu Yoshikawa, the Courtney Sale Ross Professor of Globalization and Education at NYU Steinhardt, will share his social justice-driven perspective on immigration in his inaugural lecture as a University Professor on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m.

The lecture, part of the Steinhardt School’s 125th anniversary celebration, will take place in the Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life Grand Hall (238 Thompson Street, between Washington Square South and W. 3rd Street).

Yoshikawa is a community and developmental psychologist who studies the effects of policies and programs related to immigration, early childhood, and poverty reduction on children’s development. A leading children’s advocate, Yoshikawa codirects Global TIES for Children, a new research center which designs, evaluates, and advises on policies and programs to improve the lives of children and youth in the most vulnerable regions around the world.



Yoshikawa serves on the leadership council and as the co-chair of the early childhood development and education workgroup of the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network and on the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Committee on the Integration of Immigrants into American Society. The NAS Committee on the Integration of Immigrants into American Society issued a report in September finding that as immigrants and their children become integrated into U.S. society, many aspects of their lives improve, including outcomes in educational attainment, income, and language, but their well being declines in health, crime, and family patterns. The panel also found that the single group most excluded from U.S. society, with grave consequences for their well-being as well as their children’s prospects, was the over 11 million immigrants with undocumented status.

Yoshikawa’s 2011 book, Immigrants Raising Citizens: Undocumented Parents and Their Children (Russell Sage Foundation), found that immigrant parents without legal status in the U.S. are a large group – now roughly 4.5 million – raising young U.S.-citizen children under stressful conditions. Fearing deportation, undocumented parents may avoid accessing valuable resources that could help their children’s development, such as access to quality child care or the safety net to reduce poverty.

In his University Professorship Lecture, Yoshikawa will discuss what current science says on the consequences of having undocumented status in the U.S. and other parts of the world, with a focus on child and youth development. He will discuss what programs, policies, and the public can do to work with and help these children and families succeed and thrive. He will be joined by discussants Steven Choi and Mubashar Ahmed of the New York Immigration Coalition, as well as Moira O’Neil of the Frameworks Institute, who will offer additional advocacy, policy, and communications perspectives.

The University Professorship is a NYU-wide award to honor outstanding faculty scholars whose contributions to the University community might lie outside the system of traditional disciplinary recognition and reward. Yoshikawa was appointed a University Professor in 2013.

Attendees must RSVP through the event’s website by Nov. 6. The lecture is co-hosted by the Office of the Provost and by the Department of Applied Psychology. For more information on NYU Steinhardt’s 125th anniversary events, visit our website.