Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Up-and-Coming Leaders: Mona Abo-Zena

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Up-and-Coming Leaders: Mona Abo-Zena

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Do Jewish youth fit into the category of religious minority?

This question was the subject of a lively debate when Mona Abo-Zena led a research team studying perceived discrimination against religious minority youth.

Abo-Zena, a PDK Emerging Leader and adjunct lecturer at Boston College and Suffolk University, said the team decided to make the majority/minority distinction based on whether the major religious holidays of the religious tradition are recognized federal holidays.

"We found that religious minority youth significantly reported higher rates of perceived discrimination than their religious majority peers," said Abo-Zena, who is also a post-doctoral fellow in Immigration Studies at New York University. "Their experiences often related to scheduling sporting events and school on days that are sacred within their religion, as well as issues of feeling excluded because of dietary restrictions or religious dress. We also found that in a New England context, Christian youth who reported high levels of practice such as abstaining from alcohol and premarital sex reported higher levels of perceived discrimination."

Helping youth dealing with this perceived discrimination is the focus of Abo-Zena's research. …

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