• An Investigation of Self-Concept in Relation to Student Participation in an Academically Talented Program

      Schulte, Kristine L.; The College at Brockport (1990-07-01)
      This study attempts to examine the issue of identifying and placing students in gifted programs, and the impact of such practices on self-concept. The purpose was to determine whether or not there were any significant differences in the self-concepts of students participating in a resource program for the academically talented and a comparable group of students not enrolled in the program.
    • Coming out in Asian American Culture

      Lai, Audrey; The College at Brockport (2017-09-07)
      The purpose of this project is not to speak on the experience of all lesbian Asian Americans, but only the experiences of three lesbian Asian Americans: Sam, Jesse, and Sophie. The experiences of three individuals cannot be applicable to all lesbian-identified Asian Americans as their stories do not provide full understanding of the influential culture sanctions. This essay is merely an attempt to bring the invisible stories of these three women to the forefront, thus allowing the stories to become accessible so others can recognize that identifying as lesbian is not a betrayal of Asian American culture and identity. “Coming out” can manifest in whatever way feels natural, and the bond of family can help assuage the internal struggle of desegregating sexual and racial identity.
    • Culture Shock and its Effect on English Language Learners

      Mazurett-Boyle, Rosa; Brown, Lauren; The College at Brockport (2020-08-07)
      When English language learners (ELLs) move from one country to another, their social, emotional, and psychological well-being is affected in school. Culture shock impedes ELLs’ academic abilities. This problem emerges from the growing number of ELLs in our country today. This number will continue to grow which should motivate teachers to become more informed on the problems that our ELLs face. The literature suggests that there are four phases of culture shock; teachers must advocate for ELLs; and it is imperative for ELLs to keep their identity in school while learning about the new culture. The PD aims to educate participants about how culture shock effects ELLs. This way, appropriate action can be taken. During the PD, participants will collaborate, share stories, and learn about this overlooked reality that students face. Research should continue to be conducted to learn more about how culture shock effects students of all ages throughout their schooling careers.
    • Cyberbullying: Feminine Vulnerability in Anonymous Spaces

      Mahagan, Christina A.; The College at Brockport, State University of New York (2016-08-24)
      In this paper, I examine the need for research on how cyberbullying and cyber victimization affect women and girls along with what tools women and girls use to cope with these affects. I also look at how ideas about the performance of gender and related societal norms exacerbate the problems of cyberbullying and cyber victimization for women and girls. In addition, I explore the theory that early lessons of gender affect identity and relationships in ways that matter in relation to cyberbullying and cyber victimization vulnerability, responses, and accessible networks of support.
    • Dissenting Voices Volume 10, Issue 1 (Spring 2021) Complete Issue

      Gillett, Nax; Ibrahim, Hawa; Muir, Catherine; Levitsky, Naomi; Puleo, Erica; Martinez, Myah; Cunningham, Grace; Al Sharifi, Zahraa (2021-01)
      Al-Sharifi, Zahraa, rsale1@brockport.edu - Intersecting Identities: Middle Eastern Women in Dual Cultures - Dual cultures are an experience known only to people who live in two cultures. I was inspired by my poetry and the experiences that I and my family went through as women as well as the stories of Middle Eastern women I read. They lived in dual cultures and experienced violence in their homelands alongside wars and sexism from both cultures they lived in. In the Western culture, they also experienced racism. I, as an Iraqi, tend to turn to poetry to express the variety of injustices I observed, and my people tend to do that. We are well known for our poetry that speaks about our experiences. || Gillett, Nax, rgill6@brockport.edu - Mental Health for Incarcerated Women: How is America Treating Them? - This essay examines the effects of incarceration on the mental health of female inmates and comments on what America could be doing to help them. In this essay the topic of female incarceration is viewed through an intersectional lens in tandem with systemic racism and oppression. It begins with a personal narrative describing the life of a girl named Mar, who was wronged by the system, and moves into a discussion on the failings of our current system. This essay focuses on topics through the timeline of incarceration; entry into the system, life while incarcerated, and finally, life after incarceration. Each topic is discussed in depth and includes ways to improve standards for incarcerated women and assist them in receiving proper mental health care. || Martinez , Myah, mmart20@brockport.edu - When I Realized I was the Gay Best Friend: Queer Media Representation and the “Coming Out” Process - This essay examines queer representation in widespread media and its impact during the coming out process. I examine three coming out stories in popular media and use my own story to shine a light on the challenges of coming out as LGBTQIA+. I hope readers who are struggling with coming out can use these examples to voice their LGBTQIA+ stories. || Levitsky, Naomi, nlevi1@brockport.edu - Looking into the Prevalence of Substance Abuse among the LGBTQIA+ Population - In this essay, I explore the prevalence of and reasons for substance abuse among the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, & Asexual, or LGBTQIA+ community and ways to lessen the stigma and provide for more adequate treatment opportunities. || Ibrahim, Hawa, hibra1@brockport.edu - Varied Experiences of Fat Bodies - This essay argues that the varied experiences of fat bodies are not reflected in the media or public spaces of our society. In creating a world that physically has no room for fat bodies and is socially unkind and unwelcoming, the varied experiences cannot be told let alone be allowed to be understood. Voices of those who are fat need to be uplifted to create more accessible spaces for all. || Cunningham, Grace, gcunn1@brockport.edu - Disability Representations in High School English Curriculum - This essay explores the common misconceptions of disability, why disability representation is important, and provides an example of disability studies application through the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (2003). || Puleo, Erica, epule1@brockport.edu - Is Our Medical Community Failing Women? The PTSD Epidemic among Women in the United States - PTSD has become fairly recognized within the United States Medical Community. Experts have begun to expand PTSD research beyond the confines of PTSD due to war and have begun looking at PTSD in the civilian populations. Due to this advancement in research, we now know that certain identities, like gender, can put someone at a higher risk for developing PTSD. In this essay I argue that even though we are aware that gender, and more specifically being a woman, can increase someone’s chances of developing PTSD, we still see women being misdiagnosed and mistreated by medical professionals. I examine this perspective through an analysis of current PTSD literature regarding women and compare it to my own experience as a young woman who sought out PTSD diagnosis and treatment. || Muir, Catherine, cmuir2@brockport.edu - STOP: The Sexualization of Women & Girls - This essay argues that the current mainstream Western beauty ideal in the United States both fetishizes the prepubescent female body and infantilizes the adult female body. This intersection works together to create impossible standards for women and girls and ultimately can perpetuate sexual violence against women and girls.
    • Embracing Young Adult Literature to Support Struggling and Reluctant Readers from Disadvantaged Backgrounds

      Giblin, Thomas R.; Taddonio, Richard J.; The College at Brockport (2020-04-01)
      Despite the billions of dollars spent each year in attempts to close the achievement gap between high- and low-income students, many young people living in poverty continue to struggle to read due to structural barriers within society. These structural barriers cause many low-income students to develop low self-esteem and lose confidence in their abilities and therefore decrease their motivation to read complex texts. In order to reach these struggling or reluctant readers from low-income households, it is crucial to address the obstacles they face in the lessons we teach. The best way to do this while benefitting all students is to incorporate Young Adult Literature (YAL). These diverse texts often contain themes of social injustice and other issues directly related to the structural barriers low-income students face daily and allow these students to make meaningful connections to the text. This not only boosts their confidence in their own knowledge and motivation to read by validating their personal experiences but also helps all students involved develop empathy for marginalized and oppressed people. By using YAL in English Language Arts (ELA) classrooms, English teachers have a unique opportunity to put low-income struggling or reluctant readers on a path to success and empower them to fight injustice.
    • Gaze Types in D. H. Lawrence's The Rainbow and Women in Love

      Yarington, Earl F.; The College at Brockport (2000-05-01)
      This thesis project, centered on D. H. Lawrence’s The Rainbow and Women in Love, examines how the major characters in these narratives represent the “gaze” among themselves, and how Lawrence influences the reader's sight by his construction of the “narrative gaze.” The concept of the “narrative gaze” is defined and discussed and the project examines the idea of the “gaze,” as a trigger for sexuality, which plays a major role among Lawrence's characters because it can either hinder or assist in each character's and reader's stability as a spiritual and physical being. It further argues that, in order for the reader to understand how characters “gaze” upon one another, they must be assisted by the narrator in obtaining a visual picture of the characters and their actions.
    • Identification and Literacy: The Way Children Identify Themselves as Literacy Learners

      Olmstead, Kathleen; Roberts, Kristina M. (2017-05-12)
      This research takes a closer look into the implementation of explicit instruction in adopting a Growth Mindset and how it can affect students’ literacy identity. It also explores how students identify themselves as literacy learners. The purpose of this study is to learn more about how students identify themselves as literacy learners. Furthermore, this study looks into the impact of explicitly teaching reading strategies and Growth Mindset. This research also looks into finding ways for students to move away from negatively identifying themselves as readers. Data were collected for this study over a period of six weeks using the students’ reading assessments, pre-interviews, post-interviews, writing samples and field notes during Guided Reading groups, independent work and Writer’s Workshop. Data were analyzed for how the students identified as readers and how Growth Mindset impacted their literacy learning.
    • Interrogations of Community from the Women and Gender Studies Program at The College at Brockport

      McKay, Ashley; SUNY Brockport (2013-07-28)
      This project draws from hybrid methodologies to enact an interdisciplinary analysis of students’ articulations of community within the Women and Gender Studies Program at The College at Brockport. In order to subvert traditional colonizing research power dynamics, my own positionality as a trans* masculine queer identified person is contextualized within broader networks of power throughout. To highlight the creativity and recognition in relationships, I deploy and document “community” not to collapse any particular identities or other distinctions that exist among my co-participants, but to invite a revaluing of conventional boundaries and a rethinking about how knowledge is produced.
    • La francophonie: An Alternative to Americanization

      Wilkerson-Barker, Donna; Micale, Elise A.; The College at Brockport (2013-05-07)
      This paper will discuss la francophonie as the French response to globalization. Originating during a period of deep cultural and political transformation for the French nation, the Francophone community today has developed into an alternative to the Anglo?Saxon political and cultural model. Through an examination of French national identity, we will look at how la francophonie serves as a vehicle in the promotion of French cultural values even while it maintains the French cultural influence in an international context.
    • McNair Summer Research Journal 2005

      Volpe-van Dijk, Herma; The College at Brockport (The College at Brockport, 2005-01-01)
      2005 McNair Summer Research Journal features abstracts of the summer research and selected papers of the following students: Laliz Carew, Reginald R. Clark, Kayla L. Dorsey, Kim Kamats, Michelle Osei, Herman Perry, Latonia Phipps, Ana Ribic, Andrea Rodriguez, Kathleen M. Stolfi, and Jennifer Tyes
    • Sexual Objectification of Female Bodies in Beauty Pageants, Pornography, and Media

      Wright, Kelsey; The College at Brockport (2017-09-07)
      Have you ever watched a beauty pageant contest? What about mainstream pornography? These two capitalistic industries continue to enforce the misogynistic view that the female body is to be consumed by the male population. I argue that the societal standards we commonly consider to be the norm affect female embodiment and what it means to be a woman in contemporary society. Beauty standards, gender roles, sexualization, objectification, and the male gaze all point towards this ideology that the female body is to be consumed by men. I argue we need to abandon these societal standards that control female bodies and behaviors in a heteropatriarchal world and advocate freedom from the male gaze for all women.
    • The Abortion Fight: Neither Worn nor Won

      Whitehorne, Angelica (2019-08-09)
      This paper includes a narrative intended to allow readers to embody a kind of ‘pregnancy panic’ often overlooked in the politics of reproductive rights. In an issue revolving around the biological anatomy of the person, their own feelings, needs, and experiences are not often weighed in the arguments. Through this narrative’s character, readers can reconnect to the humanity of fear and bridge a better understanding that abortion is not a gleeful murder but a necessity for survival and medical agency.
    • Voice and Collective Identity in La Voz Dormida

      Linville, Rachel; Loveless, Amanda T.; The College at Brockport (2012-04-01)
    • Walking the Branches

      McDonough, Jean A.; The College at Brockport (2003-01-01)
      This thesis project examines the process of grief as it is reflected in creative writing – poetry, essay, and prose. The introductory chapter previews each of the sections of the project, and many of the individual pieces, as the narrator reflects on and responds to personal grief. Literary devices are examined as a means to navigate the tension in familial relationships during the turbulent time of grieving as well as exploring the interiority of the individual challenged by this very real aspect of humanity. The remaining sections are comprised of original creative writing pieces, varied in length, style, and convention.