Abstract: Sign Language, Education, and the making of Deaf Identity

Language brings people together into the same community, builds culture, and even shapes individual thought processes based on the language’s characteristics. While many groups thus are based on nationality, the Deaf community is based on their shared disability. However, the stereotypical views towards people with disabilities in general often leave Deaf children under efforts to change “normal,” especially considering that 90% of Deaf children are born under hearing parents. Deaf and hard of hearing individuals struggle with a lack of communication with others during adolescence, an important time at which everyone reestablishes identity and shapes community through interaction with others. The feeling of exclusion from both the hearing and Deaf groups leave Deaf students with the absence of any sort of belonging. The purpose of this study is to understand what truly matters to Deaf children in developing their individual and collective identities and values, especially in terms of what schools can provide to them.

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Health Care and Maternal Mortality of Incarcerated Women

In contemporary society, health care is a commodity to which not everyone is allowed access. Americans are on all sides when it comes to this partisan issue and many do not have access to or are unaware of quality health care options. When looking at the health care treatment in the lives of incarcerated women, these health care problems become further amplified, and often exacerbated, because the health treatment they receive is not their decision. As such, my research will be fixed on the increasing rate of maternal mortality among incarcerated women. Additional topics of this study include the mortality rate of children birthed by incarcerated women, the location these women are from and where their prison is located, increasing mortality rate of incarcerated women of color, as well as subsidiary factors that effect the health of imprisoned women. Previously recorded data will be analyzed for causation variables of this high mortality rate and will be presented with information collected by analyzing the most recent literary sources regarding this topic, in the U.S. and other countries for comparison.

The Effect of Food Access on the Prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes in African American Communities – Abstract

This study is going to be one that examines how geographic food deserts coincide with demographic specific communities in Central Virginia. The intent of this study is to find out how the concentration of particular types of food sources propagate disproportionate rates of diabetes in African American communities. I would like to be able to understand and provide a better understanding of the role that social and racial communities play in the likelihood of healthy living.

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An Examination of the Evolution of Student Culture at William and Mary

   In recent months, various scandals have ignited conversation over the  racially insensitive histories of Virginia colleges. Inevitably, William and Mary has been drawn into this conversation as media outlets search for examples of poor conduct in the history of the College. This summer, my research will focus on the history of student culture at William and Mary as publicly presented in student publications such as student newspapers and the yearbook. By examining  these student-run and edited publications, I hope to find clear and uncensored opinions and practices of students at the College. I hope to not only to reconcile with the more controversial moments in the history of the College, but to also illustrate the evolution of student culture as the college has grown in age and diversity.

Race and Gender Disparities in Counselor Education Tenure and Promotional Attainment

There has been qualitative information collected about the differences faculty of color have experienced in their tenure process. We know that gender, race and ethnicity continue to play a role in the way faculty interact with fellow faculty, the opportunities they receive and the type of feedback that they are likely to get. However, researchers have yet to quantify these experiences and show the numbers behind this qualitative understanding. This research intends to examine the workplace experiences of faculty of color in higher education compared to white faculty. The researcher will collect and analyze data from faculty sites. The data collection process will only involve gathering information from websites and will not include contacting any of the individual faculty members. The data collected will be analyzed and compared using regression modeling and distribution analysis. These analyses and comparisons will highlight the differences between faculty of different demographic groups. This will be done because it will link faculty demographics to their paths to tenure and the length of that path.