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Creating Methodology for Classroom Materials using Correlations between Childhood and Adulthood Literacy
- Makayla WhitneyAnthropologyUndergraduate Student
Kindergarten reading habits are expected to persist into adulthood; however, for many adults in Washtenaw County this is not the case. This population will rise as half of their children will become illiterate themselves. Survey responses of 76 teachers regarding selection of reading materials based on grammar, syntax, and reading topics were collected in the fall of 2018. Teachers commonly selected pre-leveled reading materials regarding grammar with minor focus on topical matter. These materials did not correlate with topical-matter focused adult reading materials. This study suggests renovation of adult reading materials to help combat the ongoing cycle of illiteracy in Washtenaw County.
Crisis Pregnancy Centers: Helpful or Harmful?
- Geneva BaierAnthropologyUndergraduate Student
Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPC) are nonprofit organizations whose purpose is to provide free resources to pregnant women. Currently, there is much controversy over CPCs and their legitimacy as a nonprofit resource for women. To ascertain the prevailing perceptions of CPCs, a literature review was conducted. Materials were analyzed and synthesized to produce a comprehensive view of current feelings about CPCs. Trends reveal a negative characterization of CPCs as dishonest. Several articles call for new legislation that would either restrict or compel speech for CPCs. This study examines the conflict between reproductive rights and free speech laws and how it emerged.
Critical Service Learning and Social Change
- Jeff EnsworthEnvironmental StudiesUndergraduate Student
The major problems we face today are socially constructed and institutionally perpetuated. With the right approach Service Learning can play a critical role in affecting social change. Critical Service Learning informed by the Environmental Humanities offers a dynamic and interdisciplinary model for problem solving, and an effective mode of intervention. These ideas are explored using my Service Learning placement at Northcoast Environmental Center and my experience with the Humboldt State Environmental Studies curriculum.
Cultivating Environmental Education Through School Gardens
- Ana PugaEnvironmental StudiesUndergraduate Student
- Mary BrownEnvironmental StudiesUndergraduate Student
In a moment when there is a need to increase social knowledge and skills for addressing environmental issues, gardens are an important resource. Garden programs address multiple learning styles, help physical development and provide opportunities for interdisciplinary lessons for children. Within these programs, kids practice locomotor skills, patience, and responsibility. In this study, we looked at accessibility to gardens within elementary schools in Arcata & McKinleyville. In addition to observing accessibility, we looked at the limiting factors for schools that do not have access to gardens and see if there are correlations to social implications such as class and wealth.
Cultivating Minds Through Food and Appropriate Technology
- Ryan SendejasEnvironmental StudiesUndergraduate Student
In conjunction with the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology(AT), for my service learning project, I sought to share intersectional knowledge with the HSU community and beyond of self-resiliency, while being mindful of one’s impact upon the earth through appropriate technology and food sovereignty. Students and community members worked together to construct a communal garden that included AT construction techniques and promoted ecologically sound sustainable food systems that are beneficial to the entire community. It was my goal to empower individuals to become agents of change within our global community and invoke values that promoted the well being of the environment and people.
Culture Differences in Nonverbal Communication
- Patrick BischoffCommunicationUndergraduate Student
- Saifullah QuadriPsychologyUndergraduate Student
- Nikki XiongCommunicationUndergraduate Student
This poster illustrates nonverbal communication in different cultures through the examination of facial behaviors and emotional expression.
Cursing Practices: Transitions, and Rituals
- Charlene DutyAnthropologyUndergraduate Student
The practice of excessive cursing is understood in teens and early adults as a transition into adulthood, by developing code switching skills, and strengthening kinship bonds. However as our world is increasingly digitized and kids find themselves socializing online at an ever increasing rate, taboo language has experienced a shift that is acutely represented within the boundaries of online gaming. Within the borders of popular combat games, a ritual of offensiveness takes cursing and derogatory terms to extreme use over their microphones within “in game chat” features. This poster examines these two cursing practices side by side, allowing participants to analyze how the culture changes.
Deconstructing Intersectional Language: A TQPOC Analyzation on the White Supremacy Perpetuated Through Literacy
- Jayden YarbroughEnglishUndergraduate Student
In efforts to concretely display aspects of what bell hooks deems as a ‘White Supremacist Captialist Imperial Patriarchy’ this research aims to hold accountable the ‘normative’ and ‘professional’ requirements of discourse within any pedagogical space. To create a innovatively personal perspective on the ways with which we receive and are received by peers and mentors alike; challenging the perpetuation of the manifold affects within White Supremacy while instilling, hopefully, bravery with TQPOC to refute limitations set on their being.
Defending the Environment: From Grassroots to a Business
- Joseph McDonaldPoliticsUndergraduate Student
A common practice through the waves of environmental movements is for grassroots organizations to eventually form a non-profit that continues to support the environment. This was clearly observed at the Environmental Protection Information Center in Arcata, California. The study of this nonprofit and others like it have painted a clearer picture about how environmental nonprofits organize and mobilize. EPIC follows the patterns of other organizations, being a 45 year old environmental nonprofit, it has seen a lot of changes from its original grassroots mobilization. The focus is now on how to best fulfill its mission statement and maintain a complex membership based business.
- Kaitlyn BoyesSociologyUndergraduate Student
- Celia HaroSociologyGraduate Student
- Nur SeirafiSociologyUndergraduate Student
- Martha OlinSociologyUndergraduate Student
The purpose of this research is to gain a deeper understanding of the self-perceived identities of immigrant and first-generation community members in Humboldt County, particularly related to feelings of inclusion and exclusion. The research will help to identify the resources that are available and important to immigrant and first-generation members, to identify areas in which resources are lacking, and to provide an intimate understanding of their experiences related to their identities in this community. Through surveys and interviews we hope to bridge public discourse between the American identity and the immigrant and first-generation identity.