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Social & Legal Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Social and Personality Psychology Compass     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Social Behavior and Personality : An International Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Social Choice and Welfare     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Social Cognition     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
Social Compass     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Social Development & Security : Journal of Scientific Papers     Open Access  
Social Development Issues     Full-text available via subscription  
Social Education     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Social History Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Social Influence     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Social Inquiry : Journal of Social Science Research     Open Access  
Social Justice Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Social Landscape Journal     Open Access  
Social Philosophy and Policy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 25)
Social Policy and Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 134)
Social Research : An International Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Social Science & Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 98)
Social Science Computer Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Social Science Japan Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Social Science Protocols     Open Access  
Social Science Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 31)
Social Science Spectrum     Open Access  
Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Social Sciences & Humanities Open     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Social Sciences and Missions     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Social Sciences in China     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Social Semiotics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Social Studies and the Young Learner     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Social Studies of Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 33)
Social Studies Research and Practice     Hybrid Journal  
Social, Humanities, and Educational Studies (SHEs) : Conference Series     Open Access  
Socialiniai tyrimai     Open Access  
Socialium : Revista Cientifica de Ciencias Sociales     Open Access  
Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift     Open Access  
Sociedad e Infancias     Open Access  
Sociedade e Cultura     Open Access  
Sociedade e Estado     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Sociétés & Représentations     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Society     Open Access  
Socio     Open Access  
Socio-analysis     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Socio-Ecological Practice Research     Hybrid Journal  
Sociología y Tecnociencia     Open Access  
Sophia Austral     Open Access  
Soshum : Jurnal Sosial dan Humaniora     Open Access  
Sosio Didaktika : Social Science Education Journal     Open Access  
SosioHumanika: Jurnal Pendidikan Sains Sosial dan Kemanusiaan (Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences Education)     Open Access  
Soundings : An Interdisciplinary Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
South Asian Journal of Social Studies and Economics     Open Access  
Sozial Extra     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Soziale Passagen     Hybrid Journal  
Sri Lanka Journal of Advanced Social Studies     Open Access  
Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences     Open Access  
Studi Magrebini : North African Studies     Full-text available via subscription  
Studia Socialia Cracoviensia     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Studies in Asian Social Science     Open Access  
Studies in Social Justice     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Sultan Agung Fundamental Research Journal     Open Access  
Suma de Negocios     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Suomen Sukututkimusseuran Vuosikirja     Open Access  
Survey Research Methods     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Sustainability     Open Access   (Followers: 22)
Sustainability : Science, Practice, & Policy     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Symmetry     Open Access  
Symposion : Theoretical and Applied Inquiries in Philosophy and Social Sciences     Open Access  
Søkelys på arbeidslivet (Norwegian Journal of Working Life Studies)     Open Access  
Tangent     Hybrid Journal  
Tapuya : Latin American Science, Technology and Society     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Technology transfer: innovative solutions in Social Sciences and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
TechTrends     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Teme : Journal of Social Sciences     Open Access  
Tempo Social     Open Access  
Teoría y Praxis     Open Access  
Textos & Contextos (Porto Alegre)     Open Access  
The Batuk     Open Access   (Followers: 14)
The Equilibrium     Open Access  
The EXceptional Parent     Full-text available via subscription  
The New Yorker     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 31)
The Tocqueville Review/La revue Tocqueville     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
The Winnower     Open Access  
The Women : Annual Research Journal of Gender Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Thesis     Open Access  
Third Sector Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Tidsskrift for kjønnsforskning     Open Access  
Tidsskrift for samfunnsforskning     Open Access  
Tidsskrift for velferdsforskning     Open Access  
Tieteessä Tapahtuu     Open Access  
Tinkazos     Open Access  
Trabajos y Comunicaciones     Open Access  
Trama : Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades     Open Access  
Trans-pasando Fronteras     Open Access  
Transmodernity : Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Transmotion     Open Access   (Followers: 16)
Transtext(e)s Transcultures     Open Access  
Trayectorias Humanas Trascontinentales : TraHs     Open Access  
Trivium     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Tulane Undergraduate Research Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Twentieth Century Communism     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Twenty-First Century Society: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences     Hybrid Journal  
UC Merced Undergraduate Research Journal     Open Access  
UC Riverside Undergraduate Research Journal     Open Access  
UED Journal of Social Sciences, Humanities and Education     Open Access  
Ultima Década     Open Access  
Uluslararası Anadolu Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi / International Anatolian Journal of Social Sciences     Open Access  
Umanistica Digitale     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Uni-pluriversidad     Open Access  
Universidad de La Habana     Open Access  
Universidad y Ciencia     Open Access  
Universidad, Escuela y Sociedad     Open Access  
Universitas Científica     Open Access  
Universitas-XXI, Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanas     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
University of Mauritius Research Journal     Open Access  
Universum : Revista de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
UNM Environmental Journals     Open Access  
Unoesc & Ciência - ACSA     Open Access  
VA Engage Journal     Open Access  
Variations : Revue Internationale de Théorie Critique     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
VFAST Transactions on Education and Social Sciences     Open Access  
Vilnius University Proceedings     Open Access  
Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Wani : Revista del Caribe Nicaragüense     Open Access  
War & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
Weather, Climate, and Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Wellbeing, Space & Society     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Women Against Violence : An Australian Feminist Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
Workplace : A Journal for Academic Labor     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
World Journal of Social Science     Open Access  
World Journal of Social Science Research     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Youth Studies Australia     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Zambia Social Science Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Œconomia     Open Access  
Вісник ДонНУЕТ. Серія. Гуманітарні науки     Open Access  
Култура / Culture     Open Access   (Followers: 1)

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  • Reflecting on The Now: Race, Gender, Socio-Economic Status and COVID-19

    • Authors: Ariana Montemayor et al.
      Abstract: Early in 2020, we began a project for our Women and Technology class at Old Dominion University to highlight women working in health sciences. However, our original project idea drastically changed with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 focused our attention on issues regarding societal inequalities and health disparities. Therefore, we decided to create a new project that emphasized the societal inequalities and the disproportionate impact COVID had on People of Color, women and low-income individuals. In this paper, we critically reflect on the journey of our project from conception to completion, as well as how we, and the rest of the world, have witnessed the widespread impact of COVID-19. In the final section, we discuss the impact healthcare professionals can have on improving health equity and equality.
      Authors ’ noteThis piece has been over a year in the making, and while the final product may look vastly different from the original idea, we could not be more proud of the work we have created and are thrilled to share it with our readers. We would have never guessed that taking a Women and Technology course would lead us to a publication. However, we felt compelled to deepen our knowledge by critically engaging with what we saw happening in the world and sharing our findings with a wider audience. COVID-19 has been a great reckoning that continues to highlight the inequalities that exist in our society. It is our hope that by reading this you will become more aware of these injustices and how you can help in paving the way for change. Although publication was a large undertaking, it has been an incredibly rewarding experience. We would like to thank our mentor, Professor Cathleen Rhodes, from Old Dominion University for inspiring us through her Women and Technology course and for encouraging us to pursue publication. Lastly, we would like to thank our editors Steve Grande and Emily Kohl for their valuable feedback and continued support throughout this process. Thank you for teaching us that we are the experts on our own experience.
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Jun 2021 20:41:12 PDT
  • Becoming a Part of Your Community: The personal account of a student’s
           journey discovering the impact of service learning on both community and
           personal development at the university level

    • Authors: Jacqueline M. Petras
      Abstract: There is plenty of research surrounding the benefits that service learning brings to the community and students alike. But, it is far less common to break down individual experiences and greater effects service learning can have beyond the studies and statistics. Although this piece cannot speak for every service learning experience, it explores the changing mindset of my personal interaction with service learning. This autobiographical account identifies moments of personal and intellectual growth through a long form reflection of my three years as a service learning student at Virginia Commonwealth University. I wrestle with my thoughts and emotions of what goes on behind the community engagement and classroom setting. “Becoming a Part of Your Community” encapsulates relatable expectations of what service learning can provide in a university setting beyond what more traditional research does. I began writing this essay as part of an independent study during the Fall semester of my senior year while simultaneously finishing my Service Learning Teaching Assistant experience.Author’s noteThe piece that stands here proudly has come a long way from the original ideas that blossomed in Fall 2019. The goal reigned true throughout this process, but getting here was no simple task. I was inspired by those whom I met in the VCU service learning community, married with one of my favorite English courses that introduced me to creative writing. I wanted to give an outlet where readers could find some common ground with becoming comfortable being uncomfortable in certain situations. All while using one of the most important exercises for personal growth: reflection. Continuing to edit this piece throughout a pandemic allowed me to unravel more emotions and feelings of gratitude for this experience than I thought. This final essay is nowhere near the original product and I could not be more proud of how it emerged. I would not have been able to reach this point if it wasn’t for my iconic Service Learning professors and mentors: Lindsay Chudzik and Katie Elliot. Their incredible support and guidance during my undergraduate college career is something I will cherish forever. Lastly, I would like to say a special thank you to my brilliant editors, Steve Grande and Emily Kohl, for their guidance in allowing my piece to make it to this platform. I appreciate the countless Zoom calls, invaluable feedback, and most of all patience from you throughout this process. Thank you for this opportunity.
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Jun 2021 20:41:02 PDT
  • Sustainability of Community Engagement at Institutions of Higher
           Education: A Look at Compassion Fatigue and the College Student Mental
           Health Crisis

    • Authors: Katherine A. Chiu et al.
      Abstract: This study investigated one of the many factors contributing to the sustainability of community engagement efforts at institutions of higher education. Extensive literature shows that burnout and compassion fatigue disproportionately affect those in caring roles and helping professions. Moreover, studies have found significant correlations between levels of burnout and compassion fatigue and the likelihood of human error, which directly affects the safety and long-term outcomes of people within their care. However, there is still limited exploration of how these phenomena may manifest, and similarly, cause unintentional harm to vulnerable populations, in the context of student community engagement efforts. This paper considers the pervasiveness of the college student mental health crisis, particularly amid a year rife with grief and instability co-created by the COVID-19 pandemic and immense socio-political conflict. Participants included 46 college students, and data were collected between March and April 2020 using an anonymous online survey. Results revealed that participants had high compassion satisfaction scores (M=42.19 out of 50) and relatively low burnout (M=21.14 out of 50) and secondary traumatic stress scores (M=22.83 out of 50). Although these results differed from the authors’ original hypotheses, the information presented in this paper calls for further investigation into how students can be supported in ways that minimize compassion fatigue and boost compassion satisfaction.Katherine Chiu (she/her) earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a concentration in Public Health Education and minors in Pre-Medicine and Medical Humanities from James Madison University in 2020. She recently finished working as the Engagement Fellow for Economic and Community Development at Professional & Continuing Education in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Briana Craig (she/her) is a proud alumnus of James Madison University, where she received a M.A. in Psychological Science (quantitative concentration) and a B.S. in Psychology with a statistics minor. She now works as a Research Associate for Westat, a research contracting company based in Rockville, Maryland. Naomi Rabago (she/her/hers) is a senior Social Work major and Service-Learning Coordinator with Community Service-Learning. She has been involved in and held leadership positions in groups all over campus, including Ethical Reasoning in Action, the Alternative Break Program, and the Marching Royal Dukes.
      Authors ' noteWe would like to thank all of the professional staff working in the Community Service-Learning office at James Madison University. Without their guidance, support, and encouragement over the course of several years, this project would not have been possible. We are deeply grateful for their mentorship, and they have inspired us beyond words. We would also like to thank the Virginia Engage Journal editors, Steve Grande and Emily Kohl, for providing thoughtful feedback, engaging in meaningful conversations, and supporting us through our first experience publishing research.
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Jun 2021 20:40:52 PDT
  • Reflective writing in prisons: Rehabilitation and the power of stories and

    • Authors: Sandeep Kumar
      Abstract: The United States has the highest rate of incarceration in the world. Even though the rate of crime is dropping, incarceration rates remain fairly steady. What’s more, recidivism (i.e., re-offending after conviction for other crimes) is also very high in the US. If offenders continue to offend, even after completing their sentences in a correctional system designed to address their underlying criminal activity, what is the point of having such a system' Can the system be made more accountable and better' Have we considered all the options for criminal reform' This article explores these questions using effective rehabilitation principles to inquire into writing programs in prison. The need for more reflective, collaborative writing programs in prisons is stressed, where a strong alignment between the outcomes of these writing programs and the purported goals of prison rehabilitation is found and emphasized.In the fall of 2020, Sandeep intends to begin his junior year at the University of Richmond. He is double majoring in Political Science and Economics.Author's noteThe inspiration for the following essay came from one of my First Year Seminar courses at the University of Richmond. Part of the course experience involved participating in a peer storytelling project with the incarcerated youth of the Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center in Richmond, VA. This experience was the first time I really began to immerse myself into the lives of those who live behind bars. Driven by the power of these stories and the relationships I built there, I decided to conduct a review of prison literature and rehabilitation programs in the country. As I delved deeper into the literature, I began to find gaps and other realities of the U.S incarceration system. As part of my course, I was also introduced to the work of David Coogan and the prison writers that he worked with in his writing project. Drawing connections between his work, my own experience, and prison rehabilitation literature, the initial versions of this essay came into being. The goal at that time was to show how writing programs in prison help transform prisoners and are an effective new model for our corrections system.However, after months of re-thinking, peer reviews and editing, the purpose of this essay has evolved beyond suggesting writing programs as a solution to our corrections dilemma. I’ve come to realize the complexities of the corrections system where instead of just trying to “change” the people on the inside, I’ve found that more focus needs to be given in making their voices heard. In this final version of my essay, I stress that we need to give more control and autonomy to those on the inside, allowing them to shape their own narratives and write their own stories. In emphasizing this need, my essay attempts to show how creative expression frameworks like writing programs work to help address exactly that. Over the course of writing this essay, I’ve also learnt the importance of language when addressing those on the inside and the othering effect that words like inmate and prisoner have. These words in of itself have a negative connotation attached to them and I’ve realized that one cannot begin to make lives on the inside better without actually humanizing their lives first. Thus, in the second half of the essay where I discuss the empowering nature of the reflective writing model like Coogan’s and the one I propose, I’ve made an active effort to shift the terminology from the word inmate to people, participants, and writers to illustrate this point. My hope is that this essay begins to start the much-needed conversation in these areas.Lastly, I would like to express my thanks and gratitude to Dr. Sylvia Gale at the University of Richmond without whose mentorship and encouragement, this essay would have not been possible. I would also like to thank David Coogan and the other authors of Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail for inspiring me through their work and testimonies to make this essay a reality.
      PubDate: Thu, 04 Jun 2020 14:20:55 PDT
  • Becoming a good host: A beginner’s guide to learning deliberative
           civic engagement

    • Authors: Kevin L.D. Leaven
      Abstract: This article examines how Deliberative Civic Engagement (DCE) is used as a public engagement process to invite disjointed cultural communities into a shared space to engage in democratically inspired dialogue. Dialogue is sought in DCE events because it encourages reflexivity and allows for collaborative ideation processes. Collaboration among differing groups demands that DCE events are open enough to be influenced by the immediate concerns of the participants involved. In addition, openness and vulnerability are required to support deep level thinking and connection between heterogeneous identities represented.Kevin L.D. Leaven is a recent graduate of the James Madison University’s graduate program in Communication and Advocacy.Author's noteAs the COVID-19 crisis continues, social distancing is being encouraged to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. Consequently, many conversations between colleagues, friends, and family have moved online using platforms like Zoom and Google Hangouts. Digital technologies have enabled people to overcome some of the obstacles posed by this unprecedented viral event. However, merely having the technology to talk to our peers does not automatically make conversations easier. Nor does COVID-19 erase the social barriers that previously complicated our relationships. However, I believe that people are resilient and that there are ample tools available to spark meaningful discussions amongst our associates. Thus, this article serves as a primer for deliberative civic engagement, which provides one approach to facilitating constructive, informed, and decisive dialogue with others. I argue that cultivating constructive dialogue is a skill with multiple avenues for improvement. So I hope that this article will provide helpful ideas to strengthen your communication skills while encouraging you to engage in fruitful dialogue with others in your life.
      PubDate: Wed, 03 Jun 2020 12:41:40 PDT
  • Confronting an Unprincipled America: Lessons in Leadership from Barack

    • Authors: Chloe Harper
      Abstract: Ethical leadership is a concept valued, and even inherently understood, by most Americans, but today, we are seeing fewer individuals committed to making ethical decisions in leadership roles. Moreover, we are often unable to recognize when an ethical decision-maker is before us. Drawing on the works of such scholars as Edgar Schein, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Jonathan Haidt, I evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of Barack Obama, 44th president of the United States and the first African American to hold executive office, in order to determine what factors distinguish ethical leaders from simply respectable leaders. I focus on the role leaders play in forming culture, in engaging in active listening, and the need for balance with regard to four qualities—kindness, toughness, confidence, and humility—and apply these concepts to specific decisions that occurred under the Obama administration. This paper was written as the culminating paper for a course entitled “Ethical Leadership” at the William & Mary Washington Center, which was co-taught by Drew Stelljes, Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement and Leadership at William & Mary, and former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey, in the summer of 2019.In the fall of 2020 Chloe Harper intends to begin her senior year at the College of William and Mary.Author's NoteThe essay you have before you is the culmination of many months of work. I originally wrote a version of this article as a final paper for a William & Mary class entitled “Ethical Leadership,” which was co-taught by James Comey, former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and William & Mary professor, Drew Stelljes, at the university’s Washington, D.C., campus during the summer of 2019. After completing the course, I was encouraged by Professor Stelljes to submit my article to the VA Engage Journal, where I had the opportunity to extend the project and revise my work. When I first returned to this piece to prepare it for publication, several months had passed since I had written it, and I found it challenging to re-immerse myself in the subject of ethical leadership. Revisiting one’s writing after an extended period of time, however, also reveals aspects one might like to change, and that was certainly the case for me. This piece has evolved significantly from its original form; my initial goal was simply to portray Barack Obama as an ethical leader, but I eventually pivoted to also analyze the influence of his leadership in galvanizing the American public to participate in civic dialogue. My hope is that you will not read this article as an opinion piece but will instead understand it to be advocating for greater awareness of the benefits of ethical decision-making by elected officials and recognition of ethical leaders when they are present. I would like to thank Professors Comey and Stelljes for bringing the concept of ethical leadership to my attention in a formal setting as an undergraduate student. This topic is one of great, albeit frequently unappreciated, importance, and introducing this subject in college, when individuals are in the process of developing their worldview, is invaluable. I would also like to thank Professor Stelljes for urging me to consider pursuing publication. Revising any piece of writing is always challenging, but through this experience, I have been reminded that it is also wonderfully rewarding. Finally, I would especially like to thank my editors, Steve Grande and Emily Kohl, for their generous feedback, patience, and encouragement throughout the revision process. It has been a pleasure working with each of you, and I am grateful for your endless support.
      PubDate: Wed, 03 Jun 2020 12:41:28 PDT
  • Pushing the Boundaries of Healing

    • Authors: Alankrit Shatadal
      Abstract: This paper explains a summer volunteering opportunity at a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a home environment for low-income families coming to city hospitals for intensive pediatric care. The importance of social determinants of health during the healing process is explored through examples of services provided by the Ronald McDonald House. These services range from meeting basic human needs to emotional care of pediatric patients. In addition, routes to potentially ameliorate observed challenges associated with pediatric hospitalization are discussed.In fall 2020, Alankrit Shatadal will begin her senior year at Washington and Lee University, where she is pursuing degrees in Biochemistry, Sociology & Anthropology, and a minor in Poverty Studies.Author's noteI would like to acknowledge the Ronald McDonald House of Madison Wisconsin for being so accommodating during my summer experience. I also want to thank the Shepherd Program at Washington and Lee for the opportunity to pursue this as my choice of summer internship. When I started preparing for this position, I was so excited to learn about music therapy; thank you to my music educator friends for your guidance! I am most grateful to the kids I interacted with at RMHC. Spending time with them has affirmed and strengthened my interest in medicine. I hope this article contributes to the larger discussion of how the medical sector can help patients heal after illness, and fill gaps that make the healing process more difficult.
      PubDate: Sat, 30 May 2020 18:05:48 PDT
  • The Funding of Start-up Nonprofits: An Exploration of Funder Perceptions,
           Attitudes, and Advice

    • Authors: Christina George
      Abstract: With the rapid expansion of the nonprofit sector, there is approximately 43 percent of nonprofits that are not surviving past five years of operation. As there are many misconceptions about start-up organizations, this may affect their growth and financial viability. A qualitative study was conducted to understand the perception of start-up nonprofit organizations and how that may influence funder giving behaviors. Interviews were administered with three funders of Greater Richmond area foundations and corporations. Five major themes were developed from the findings to include mission alignment, life cycle stages, perception, elimination of bias, and organizational barriers and common mistakes. Funder perceptions proved to be relevant, however not a major factor in funder decision-making. Data was analyzed to report findings, implications, and recommendations useful for start-up organizations as well as funding establishments.Chris George is a Behavior Support Facilitator with Henrico County Public Schools who also has a passion for serving her community. She has a Master's in Nonprofit Studies from the University of Richmond and a B.S. in Business Administration and Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Small Business from VCU. She most recently established Blow Out Your Candles Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides birthday parties for hospitalized and displaced children.
      PubDate: Thu, 18 Jul 2019 17:38:06 PDT
  • Mi semestre con la experiencia inmigrante: Todos podríamos aprender
           un poco

    • Authors: Rachel C. Ziemba
      Abstract: Mucho del conocimiento común sobre la inmigración en los Estados Unidos se basa en los estereotipos de las comunidades inmigrantes. La falta de entendimiento obstaculiza las vidas de los inmigrantes. Por lo tanto, la educación del público es la única manera de mejorar esta situación y cambiar la actitud social con respeto a los inmigrantes hispanos y latinx. El aprendizaje y uso generalizado del español también ayudará a traer consigo una sociedad norteamericana más receptiva de los inmigrantes. El bilingüismo inglés español es una solución útil y fácil para aumentar la inclusión de los inmigrantes de origen hispano en los Estados Unidos, algo que beneficiará a todo el país.Rachel Ziemba is a rising junior at the University of Richmond where she studies Biology and Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies and is also a member of the varsity lacrosse team. Rachel intends to attend medical school post-graduation and use her bilingual skills to provide advanced medical care to underserved communities one day.
      PubDate: Thu, 18 Jul 2019 17:37:59 PDT
  • The Role of Refugee Women Narratives in the U.S. Resettlement Process

    • Authors: Alys Sink
      Abstract: Within resettlement scholarship, there exists a distinct absence of direct narratives by refugee women about their resettlement experiences within the United States. This study delves into this absence of voice, investigating the ways in which refugee women’s narratives are received and utilized within a refugee resettlement agency. This ethnographic study includes independent interviews with refugee women and resettlement staff. Utilizing Ernest Stringer’s method of action research and Cheryl Glenn’s Rhetoric of Silence, I argue that refugee women’s narratives are not wholly absent or silent, but rather that they are rarely acknowledged, often devalued, or inadvertently made a non-priority within larger resettlement frameworks and leadership. It is my suggestion that, by working with refugee women, prioritizing their experiences, and creating spaces in which these narratives can emerge, resettlement leadership can better serve our refugee communities.Alys earned her Bachelor of Arts at Hollins University and her Master of Science in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication at James Madison University (JMU). While at JMU, Alys conducted research into the impact of refugee women’s experiences within the American resettlement process. Alys continues to volunteer with her local resettlement agency and currently serves as the Director of Communications at Madison House, the student volunteer center at the University of Virginia.
      PubDate: Thu, 18 Jul 2019 17:37:47 PDT
  • Play Everywhere: An Evaluation of the Wide Ambitions of KaBOOM! and Some
           Barriers to Access and Equity in Programs

    • Authors: Shaina M. Greenberg
      Abstract: KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to play, hosts a diverse menu of grant programs to reach children, especially those in disadvantaged communities, across the country. One of the newest and most innovative of these is Play Everywhere, a design competition in which communities develop ways to make play more accessible in public spaces. Since 2015, Play Everywhere has proven successful at increasing play, bringing communities together, and making public spaces safer. Equity of access and the limits of scaling this program are its two greatest challenges. Some of the highest need communities often lack technological tools and dedicated personnel to learn about and apply for KaBOOM! grants. To improve equity of access to grant awards, KaBOOM! should be creative and create inclusive outreach efforts, diversify its funding partner relationships, and stay focused on the mission to make play a reality for all kids.Shaina Greenberg is a senior at the College of William & Mary double majoring in Government and Psychology. She lives in Centreville, VA and just returned home from a semester abroad in Seville, Spain.
      PubDate: Thu, 18 Jul 2019 17:37:41 PDT
  • Searching for Justice in Post-Apartheid South Africa: How Reparations Have
           the Potential to Move South Africa Towards a Better Future

    • Authors: Margaret J. Eisenhardt
      Abstract: This personal reflection is a result of my experiences abroad in South Africa, particularly the areas of Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Bethulie. Prior to my trip overseas, I learned about the rainbow nation’s principles of unity, forgiveness, and friendship that South Africa values dearly. These notions of harmony were endearing to hear about, but they were quickly challenged as soon as I stepped foot on South African soil. Upon arriving in South Africa and having the chance to meet local people and see the relationships built between individuals there, it was hard to ignore the unrest still existing throughout the country. This unrest is due to the multitude of unresolved problems that continue to persist from apartheid. Seeing the disparity that runs throughout this beautiful country caused me to reconsider the actions that the South African government took in post-apartheid, leading me to think critically about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that was created to move South Africa forward from its painful past. After numerous conversations with South Africans from diverse backgrounds, I began to see reparations as the optimal route for reconstruction in the country. This article seeks to explore why reparations offer a promising restorative alternative to the programs South Africa has already implemented, and how they may be used to move the country forward towards justice.
      PubDate: Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:41:53 PDT
  • What is My Role in This Situation' A White Girl’s Perspective in
           Ferguson, MO

    • Authors: Samantha N. Shepherd
      Abstract: This paper is a self-reflection about white privilege after a service experience in Ferguson, Missouri in 2015. The paper draws on excerpts from a journal kept during the service experience in Ferguson and juxtaposes them with scholarship and news articles about privilege and the Black Lives Matter Movement.
      PubDate: Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:41:45 PDT
  • Moving Beyond Great Expectations: Expressing Discontinuity in
           Institutionalized Service-Learning

    • Authors: Cory M. Schutter
      Abstract: This critical reflection explores the expectations which surround students engaged in institutionalized service-learning. While students are urged to make connections between personal experience, service-learning theory, and community work, their individual expression is limited by group identity formation. In the process of meeting learning goals, students should be given opportunities to express and celebrate the discontinuous nature of their service.
      PubDate: Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:41:37 PDT
  • Journeying the James: A Study of a Multidisciplinary Environmental
           Education Program in the Non-Formal Sector

    • Authors: Ashley A. James
      Abstract: Because the world is faced with an abundance of environmental problems, environmental education is essential in creating citizens that can solve them. Many studies show that when people are educated about the environment, they become environmental stewards. This paper investigates an experience and place-based environmental education program for high school students by the James River Association, a non-governmental organization in Richmond, Virginia. The study aims to identify whether or not the program meets the goals of environmental education, as well as its own goals. Fifty-four past program participants responded to an internet survey. Descriptive statistics and analysis of qualitative data were used to conclude that the program was successful in meeting its own goals and the goals of environmental education. This study shows the powerful impact of non-formal and multidisciplinary environmental education programs and can serve as an example for similar initiatives both locally and globally.
      PubDate: Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:41:29 PDT
  • Transitioning to the Role of a Professional Physical Therapist Through
           Community Engagement

    • Authors: Brittany L. Wentzel
      Abstract: This article recounts the author's experiences observing and interning with physical therapists in a variety of settings.The hands-on experiences the author describes allowed the author to learn the specific procedures and requirements in a typical day as a Physical Therapist, and to gain knowledge on the protocol for different injuries, the muscles that each exercise strengthens, and how to properly perform exercises to prevent further injuries. The author also explores how these experiences fostered observational and interpersonal skills and solidified the decision to pursue Physical Therapy as a career.
      PubDate: Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:41:21 PDT
  • Technology Literacy and Senior Citizens: Online Communication, Privacy and
           Phone Scams

    • Authors: Christine Hilbert
      Abstract: This article focuses on the impacts of technology integration among the senior citizen population, and sheds light on some of the daily struggles and issues older technology users encounter. It outlines possible solutions to these problems, including plans of action for seniors' adoption of new technologies. A combination of reflection gained through service-learning and insights from academic articles illustrates situations the senior citizen community may encounter that can cause grievances when using technology. The article explores the need for technology based educational programs for the senior citizen.
      PubDate: Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:41:13 PDT
  • Beyond the Buzzword: Examining Collective Impact as a Framework for
           Cross-Sector Collaboration

    • Authors: Mollie Brooks
      Abstract: Despite the sizable financial and human capital investment in the nonprofit sector, large-scale social issues, such as poverty and hunger, continue to plague our society. Collective impact, a framework for cross-sector collaboration that emerged in 2011, offers a method to harness the capabilities of each sector to generate systems-level change. In this paper, the author examines the strengths and weaknesses of collective impact by conducting interviews with stakeholders from a collective impact initiative addressing education in a mid-sized city in the United States. This study reports the findings, implications, and recommendations gained from a qualitative analysis of the interview data.
      PubDate: Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:41:04 PDT
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