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Manpreet Dhillon Brar

Manpreet Dhillon Brar

Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor, Instructional Faculty, Summer Session - Extension (Pronouns: she/her/hers)


Assistant Professor
CSBS - Dept of Child Develop
Office Phone(909) 537-5589
Office LocationSB-504


Hear my name by following this link. I acknowledge that I am doing this work on the unceded Indigenous homeland of the Serrano (Yuhaaviatam) first nation in San Bernardino. Every member of the campus community including myself has benefitted and continues to benefit from the use and occupation of this land since the institution's founding in 1965. Therefore, we all have an obligation to take actions that support Indigenous sovereignty. 

I am a teacher-scholar meaning I value teaching first as an important part of my scholarship, very much rooted in my personal experiences. In addition to being an educator, I am also a diversity and equity consultant, a researcher, an activist, and started my career as a first-generation college and immigrant student, having transferred from a community college to a 4-year university, ultimately to join the Coyote pack!


Office Hours (Fall 2021): Tuesday 2-3pm and Wednesday 1-2pm via Zoom or by appointment via this link to my calendar.


A.A., Taft College in Social Sciences

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in Psychology

M.A., UCLA in Education

Ph.D., UCLA in Education from the division of Human Development & Psychology


CD 2205 (Diversity in Child Development)

CD/PSYC 2240 (Introduction to Child Development) - teaching in Fall 2021

CD/PSYC 3310 (Applied Research Methods) - teaching in Fall 2021

CD 4405 (Effective Interactions, Activities, and Programs with School Age and Adolescent Children); co-teaching with Dr. Stacy Morris in Fall 2021

PSYC 6640 (Advanced Research Methods)


Research and Teaching Interests

A key element of my teaching philosophy and praxis is using student-centered and student-directed design to foster key skills such as critical thinking, learning through exploration and experience, as well as connecting knowledge to real world implications.

I broadly study intergroup relations during childhood, adolescence, and emerging adulthood. Specifically, in my research, I aim to unpack experiences of marginalization across young people who hold multiple social identities with unique challenges such as discrimination and what these young people can do in response (i.e., civic engagement). Using an interdisciplinary lens, my research specifically examines how school structural factors (e.g., school diversity) and individual factors (e.g., perceptions of discrimination) affect contribution to society (i.e., civic engagement) and intergroup relations (interactions among people of different backgrounds) across developmental periods. 

I conduct my research and scholarly activities as a part of shared research teams. Specifically at CSUSB, my lab is shared with Dr. Stacy Morris. 

EnAct: Engaging Action in Young People (website coming soon): focuses on promoting and supporting civic engagement in various forms (e.g., digitally, volunteering, activism, political) in different contexts (e.g., institutions, political, communities). In our research lab, we do our work with the goal of improving intergroup relations with attention to diversity, social identities, intersectionality, and equity. Some of our lab values include mentorship, community action, critical consciousness, accessibility, and collaboration. One of the current ongoing projects in the EnAct Lab is the BRACE study: Beliefs, Rationales, and Contexts of Engagement.