Monthly Archives: April 2013

American Political Evolution & Gender Studies

What developments in the last sixty years of American history invented modern American presidents like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama? How have cultural and popular opinions shifted so that leaders like Clinton and Obama can so effectively organize, woo, harness, and mobilize popular opinion and sentiment while winning the “hearts and minds” of Americans and […]

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Lower Income Students

Discrimination in Recruitment of Low-Income Students in the Monmouth County Vocational School District (MCVSD) (facts as of December 2011) Take a look at this chart on enrollment before reading this article in Monmouth County: http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/new-jersey/districts/monmouth-county-vocational-school-district/communications-high-school-12806/student-body. Please see also admissions sites for the Monmouth County programs such as http://www.mast.mcvsd.org/admissions.html. This site is typical for these programs. […]

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Political Relationships – Kennedy & Sorenson

One of the most interesting relationships in political history is between John F. Kennedy and his friend and speechwriter Ted Sorenson. Their relationship is a model of the type of self-sacrifice and blurred identity that comprises many successful legendary political teams. Ted is rumored to be the real author of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize winning “Profiles […]

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Diversity & Acculturation Holiday Activity

In response to a research paper I wrote about the effects of race on mentoring, I learned that there is the potential for acculturation at a program I worked at as a social work grad student where 100% of the students were black and 100% of the mentors were white. Therefore, I suggested that I […]

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Ready? Music & Diversity Sensitivity

Mortgage lending influences segregation as described in Ken Burns’ documentary “New York.” Scholars are now exploring this in light of the recent mortgage credit boom, but this practice has a long legacy. My small town where I grew up in the 1980′s was segregated, but music was a way we could bypass this legacy of […]

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MLB and Diversity

This spring Major League Baseball launched a study of diversity in baseball during the run up to Jackie Robinson’s birthday and the release of the film 42. A full article is available here. Historically MLB has been a leader in breaking down color barriers, and the Jackie Robinson story is integral to Civil Rights History […]

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Strengths-Based Activity for Schools & Groups

While working on my Graduate Social Work Field Placement, I traveled to middle schools and led activities to improve mentoring relationships. Our program facilitated mentoring between high school students and middle school students. After several after-school sessions, the students formed cliques, working on activities in groups rather than with their mentors. The mentoring relationship turned […]

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Crossover Fiction

A great achievement for any literary work is crossover status. What is a crossover book? As Chila Woychik of Port Yonder Press describes, some authors describe books that “cross genre boundaries” as crossover while others consider books that appeal to multiple ages as crossover books (Port Yonder Press blog). For the purpose of this blog […]

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