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Trenita Childers

Researcher, American Institutes for Research
Chapter Member: North Carolina SSN

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About Trenita

Childers' expertise is related to structural racism in the United States and Latin America, including how racism impacts immigrants. Childers research also examines health equity and health disparities in the United States. Childers also serves on the Expert Review Panel for Racial Equity 2030 - a global challenge sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s to identify bold solutions to drive an equitable future for children, their families and communities.

In the News

Opinion: "Dominican Republic, 2014/15," Trenita Childers, Fulbrighter, November 27, 2020.
Opinion: "Black Motherhood in Academe," Trenita Childers, Inside Higher Ed, January 19, 2018.
Opinion: "The Question of Birth Citizenship," Trenita Childers, The News and Observer, July 15, 2015.


"Preventive Health Screening Disparities Among Immigrants: Exploring Barriers to Care" (with Megan M. Reynolds). Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 22 (2020): 336-334.

Describes barriers to health care among immigrants of different nationalities. Emphasizes the importance of considering heterogeneity of immigrants' experiences when thinking about barriers to care.

"In Someone Else’s Country: Anti-Haitian Racism and Citizenship in the Dominican Republic" (Rowman and Littlefield, 2020).

Describes how structural racism impacts Haitian immigrants and their families living in the Dominican Republic.

"The Racial Implications of Immigration Policy" in Agenda for Social Justice Solutions, edited by Glenn W. Muschert (Bristol University Press, 2016), 81-92.

Describes how immigration policy can build in policies and incorporate enforcement practices that disproportionately impact immigrants from marginalized racial or ethnic backgrounds.