“For Regional Engagement: Addressing Hunger in Eastern NC”
Dr. Leslie Hossfeld, Chair-Department of Sociology and Criminology, UNC-W, will speak Monday November 17th 4:00pm, Brewster B102
Introduction by Dean William Downs, Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Hossfeld will speak on regional engagement from the perspective of her eight year regional economic development project focused on poverty alleviation through a local food systems movement called the Southeastern North Carolina Food Systems Program (also known as Feast Down East). This work encompasses 11 counties in Southeastern North Carolina and engages community partners ranging from North Carolina Cooperative Extension agents in all 11 counties to city and regional planners, elected officials, concerned citizens, non-profits and grassroots organizations. Undergraduate and graduate students from UNCW and partner institutions conduct research and publish findings in peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as ensuring this important research targets and addresses critical need in the region.
SOCIOECONOMIC DIVERSITY AMONG AFRICAN IMMIGRANTS
ECU Sociology faculty Dr. Sitawa Kimuna and Dr. Mamadi Corra in collaboration with Dr. Abdi Kusow of Iowa State University published an article examining variations in socioeconomic and educational attainment among African immigrants by region of origin. They find that sending region is an important predictor of earnings among African immigrants to the United States. The work was published in International Migration and Integration, September 2014 http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12134-014-0377-x
SOCIOLOGY AND STUDENT AFFAIRS COLLABORATION
The Department of Sociology and the Center for Diversity and Inequality Research have collaborated with the ECU Volunteer and Service Learning Center to assess the impact of ECU volunteers on partner organizations that utilize student volunteers through the VSLC. The study ascertains the variety of roles students play, the kinds of tasks performed, the level of supervision needed, how student volunteer roles compare to those played by non-student volunteers from the community. The survey also probes partner perceptions of the VSLC's role and impact. The project is being managed by Miranda Guardiola, a current sociology MA student specializing in applied social research. She works under the direction of Dr. Bob Edwards and both consult regularly with Dennis McCunney the VLSC Director. The study is being funded jointly by CDIR, VSLC and Sociology. The findings will be used to further strengthen and improve service to the community by ECU student volunteers and the VSLC.
STUDENTS ATTEND SOUTHERN SOCIOLOGICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETINGS
A half dozen graduate and undergraduate sociology students attended the Southern Sociological Society annual meetings this past April 2014 in Charlotte NC. Students presented on original research ranging from inequalities in home internet access to racial attitudes an religiosity in NC, from cross-national variations in attitudes about relationships to activism among immigrant NC women. The 2015 Annual Meetings will be held in New Orleans, LA March 25-28. Paper submissions are due October 24, 2014: http://www.southernsociologicalsociety.org/assets/2015Meeting/SSS2015CFP.pdf
WEIGHING IN ON VIOLENCE IN THE BORDER PATROL
Dr. Lee Maril has a three part series examining violence among the US Border Patrol. The series appears on the Homeland Security News Wire website. Dr. Maril has been researching the US border patrol for over a decade. His work has resulted in two books – The Fence: National Security, Public Safety, and Illegal Immigration among the US-Mexico Border and Patrolling Chaos: The US Border Patrol in Deep South Texas. His work relies on extensive ethnographic field work. Read the series at http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/topics/borders
EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH TRAINS ECU STUDENTS
Dr. Mamadi Corra is beginning his second year of a project entitled Inequality and Multiracial Gatekeeping. The project was funded in the amount of $191,514 by the National Science Foundation and is being run in the Department’s Experimental Research Lab. Participants engage in simulated exchanges using computers in the lab. This project has provided employment and training for several graduate students in the Department of Sociology. http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cas/articles/mamadi.cfm