Environmental Social Justice: Superfund Sites

This research project takes a closer look at the biased placement of superfund sites, areas where toxic waste is disposed of, and the impacts they can have on low-income communities. The impact that these sites have on the soil and the overall environment is negative. Soil fertility of areas with sites can decrease immensely, further hindering low-income areas by making them food deserts, areas that lack and are in need of fresh produce.

What Is The Availability Of Mental Health Education And Supports For Middle Schoolers?

The state of California has seen rates of chronic sadness and suicide ideation increase at the high school level and although the state continues to focus efforts at that secondary level, the numbers have not changed. In fact, according to the California Healthy Kids Survey, certain California middle schools find themselves struggling with an increase in the number of seventh graders experiencing chronic sad or hopeless feelings, (about 1 in 6), and in the number of those seriously considering suicide (about 1 in 10). This project seeks to look closely at the availability of mental health education and resources for middle schoolers in one California district. Following interviews with district administrators, teachers, and counselors and a review of educational programs and availability of support, this project will provide recommendations to the district and possible lesson plans for future use.

The Future of Women’s Rights in Nigeria: A Study on the Impact of Culture on Sexism in Nigeria

Nigeria has one of the highest populations in Africa, yet it suffers from a crippling amount sexism. While the ratio of male-to female members in the workforce is near equal, women still face sexism at home, in their workplace, and at school. While this is a phenomenon seen almost across the globe, I specifically choose Nigeria, because it is the country and the culture I know best. All this begs the question of why? Why despite progress is Nigeria still, for the most part, stuck in the archaic ways? Through rigorous research, and the help of a few surveys, I hope to prove my hypothesis that culture and the way we see life and others around us plays a huge role in sexism and also contribute to finding a long-lasting solution to the problem that many societies face today.

Women's Access to Reproductive Health Care

Within the United States healthcare system, there are many health disparities affecting women and the level of care they receive that are based on many factors, including socioeconomic status. This project examines how women experience discrimination and health disparities within the reproductive health care system though a case study of many different women’s personal experiences and how their lives are affected by the lack of access to reproductive health care.

The Relationship Between Socioeconomic Status And The Rate Of Concussion Diagnosis Among Bay Area High School Students (ages 14-18).

While concussions can be mild, delays or failure to treat them can have significant physical, mental, emotional, and social consequences. Some people never report or even recognize their concussion symptoms, resulting in what has come to be known as the “silent epidemic.” Because low socioeconomic status communities are affected by poorer access to healthcare information and services, youth in these communities may experience greater incidence of undiagnosed concussions and miss out on important opportunities to obtain the required care for optimal recovery. We need to better understand the incidence of concussions and its diagnosis more broadly in the general population. My research is correlational and seeks to investigate the relationship between socioeconomic status and the rate of concussion diagnosis among high school students (ages 14-18). This research uses a self-report, multiple-choice response survey distributed to students from public high schools in the Bay Area, located in communities with a range of socioeconomic status. It is hoped that the results of this research will advance the knowledge on the incidence and diagnosis of concussions in adolescents and any relationship with socioeconomic status.

Are High School Students With Higher Family Income More Likely To Continue With Competitive Sports Than Students With A Lower Family Income?

Athletics give children needed skills such as discipline, teamwork, leadership and other benefits related to health, hard work, and friendships. However, many athletic opportunities are not available to students in lower economic status communities. Additionally, since the specialization of sports begins at younger and younger age, children with lower socioeconomic status miss out on these advantageous lessons and experiences. This research project focuses on identifying solutions for low-income students to access and to participate in high school sports. The project will aggregate data from interviews of coaches from a few different high schools in the bay area to determine next steps.

How Mindfulness Meditation for Students May Close the Achievement Gap

Mindfulness, a practice that utilizes observation to increase control of thoughts and feelings, might be one of the answers to the achievement gap. Closing the achievement gap and creating more opportunities for students is crucial because many students face disparities and setbacks in school that come from a variety of factors such as poverty, prejudice, low-quality schools, and language understanding which correspond to stress and mental health levels. Existing evidence suggests that mindfulness is linked to decreasing anxiety and improving cognitive performance for students. To further research the effects mindfulness has on the achievement gap, students grades will be compared between pre-meditation use and post 6-weeks of daily meditation practice. The results of student experiences will be recorded by using an existing survey, the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale.

Name Changes for Social Change

Back in September of 2020 Eventing Nation released an article on the recent call for a name change of the Plantation field horse trials venue in Pennsylvania. The issue arose from the recent conversation with the affiliation the name “plantation” alone has to slavery. The venue name and location have no affiliation to slavery but Eventing Nation brought the issue to the United States Eventing Association (USEA) in hopes to start creating more awareness of names such as these and the lack of diversity within the equestrian sport. Due to the naming issue, USEA has lost the venue to host horse trials. While many eventers around the country are unhappy with the loss of such a high end venue, something much more important has come out of the loss of Plantation Fields: conversation about equity and privilege, especially in respect to the lack of diversity within the equestrian sport. We have seen similar name changes within the Palo Alto Unified School District and the National Football League that publicly show how representations with negative connotations, racism, and inequalities need to be addressed in our country. This project is about the effects of naming a venue based on negative connotations and how powerful backgrounds and meaning can we do our part to create understanding in the important conversation of not repeating history through changing big organizational names?

Toxic Masculinity

The term toxic masculinity has been seeping in and out of the minds of boys ever since they were first told to “be a man" thus perpetuating the cultural norm that boys need to act and grow into a “manly man.” This project will hopefully spread awareness about toxic masculinity, and solutions to address this social norm based on the results of an experiment. The experiment is comprised of three male high school students that will track their reaction to daily confidence boasting exercises and positive affirmations for two weeks. At the summation, a rating scale will be used to determine if the daily tasks improved their self-worth or continued to reinforce the "manly man" expectation imposed by society's structure of toxic masculinity.

How Does Race Influence Rates of Excessive Force Among Policing In the United States?

This project takes a closer look at policing in the United States and highlights the mistreatment of minorities in the judicial system. The case study method will be used to highlight the difficult and complex injustices of our government judicial system. Yet, the time to make change and build awareness is extremely vital to prioritize equality in our society, which is why I will write a song to provide examples of why fighting for equality and making changes to a highly intricate and structured system is vital at this point in time.

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