Simone Bibbs


Simone Bibbs


Dr. Emilie Smith


Fall 2022


Diversity, Youth, and Family Development


My name is Simone Bibbs (she/her/hers), and I am a doctoral student in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Diversity, Youth and Family Development (DYAD). My faculty advisor is Dr. Emilie Smith.

My research interests broadly consist of understanding the intersectional identity development and identity-based experiences of Black youth within socio-cultural, educational, and family contexts. Specifically, I seek to understand how Black children and adolescents make meaning of their identities and experience discrimination at the intersection of race and gender, and the role of gendered racial socialization in promoting positive identity development and adjustment outcomes.

I am especially interested in participatory research methods that leverage the creativity and imagination of Black youth — allowing them to envision the changes they wish to see in their schools, communities, and the world.

Along with my involvement in research, I assist with Michigan State University’s Youth Equity Project, Thematic Area on Marginalized Youth led by Dr. Emilie Smith.

Keywords and Phrases

Black youth, intersectionality, gendered racism, gendered racial socialization, positive youth development