Associate Professor, Department of Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies, Assumption College, Worcester, MA, USA.
Dr. Cinzia Pica-Smith is an associate professor at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she teaches in the Department of Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies as well as the Education Department. She is the coordinator of the concentration program, Working with Children and Adolescents in Community Settings. Her research has focused on intergroup friendships among youth in schools paying particular attention to how educators and school systems in both the U.S. and Europe can create racially equitable and socially just school environments to support young people. She has been honored with several awards for her peer-reviewed journal publications. Her most recent book titled Social Justice Education in European Multiethnic Schools: Addressing the Goals of Intercultural Education published by Routledge Press (2019) and co-authored with Rina Manuela Contini and Carmen N. Veloria won the American Educational Studies Association’s 2019 Critics’ Choice Book Award. She recently gave a TEDx talk on interracial friendships among youth.