Journal of Intercultural Disciplines

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Vol. 15, Spring

Letter from the Editor
This issue of the Journal of Intercultural Disciplines (JID) reflects the dynamic nature of the journal that includes a diverse array of articles from a likewise diverse array of disciplines and perspectives. Indeed, it may seem difficult to actually...
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The Minority Suburbs: Are Low-Income Latino Households Moving into Suburban Opportunity Neighborhoods? a Case Study of the Greater Chicago Region
The Housing Choice Voucher program (HCV) is a federally funded demand-side housing subsidy. Income eligible families who receive vouchers can use the subsidy to secure housing in neighborhoods across the country. Many HCV households choose to lease-in-place,...
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The Impact of Cultural Misorientation and Social Support in the Substance Use of African American College Students
Review of LiteratureThe conceptual and theoretical framework for this study is based upon an African-centered paradigm that equates normative Black mental health functioning with cognitive behaviors that are harmonious with the genuine necessities and...
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The Depiction of Female Circumcision in Selected Memoirs by Female African Writers and Novels by Female African American Writers
Between 100-140 million babies, girls, and women have undergone female circumcision. This practice occurs in approximately 30 African countries, some countries in the Middle East and Asia, and the countries to which migration occurs from these countries....
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Who Dat Say We Gonna Talk Dis Way? Making a Case for Considerate Phonics Instruction in South Louisiana
"The underlying issue in education is not what knowledge is worth knowing, but whose knowledge is worth knowing and for what purpose." (Harste, [Beach & Myers] 2001, p. viii).Several decades ago, phonics instruction in the United States (US) might...
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Mass Media and Social Change: A Critical Look at 2014 Ekiti State Governorship Election in Nigeria
IntroductionThe mass media are indispensable to democracy. They generate awareness among the general public and set agenda on salient political issues. They assist political parties and candidates to reach the large and widely dispersed electorate with...
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Adult Attachment Styles, Self-Esteem and Satisfaction with Interpersonal Relationships among African Americans
Literature ReviewIs there a relationship between one's reported attachment style, self-esteem, and whether or not one is in a satisfying relationship? Psychologists have long been interested in attachment styles and have investigated how they relate...
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Reexamining the Concept Multicultural Education: Recommendations for Moving beyond "Eating the Other Multiculturalism"
Multiculturalism in this paper is defined as the doctrine that rejects monoculturalism and promotes the peaceful and equitable coexistence of several different cultures in a single country. When taken lightly and interpreted superficially, multiculturalism...
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Corrections and Education: The Relationship between Education and Recidivism
INTRODUCTIONOver the past 20 years, there has been an explosive growth in the number of adults incarcerated in local, state, and federal correctional institutions. The incarceration rates in the United States increased 700% between 1970 and 2005, and...
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School Buildings, Socioeconomic Status, Race, and Student Achievement
IntroductionMany educational initiatives have emerged over the last decades to boost academic success and to close the achievement gap, a concern of parents, educators, and policymakers. There is an expectation that investment in public education lead...
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Vol. 14, Winter

Letter from the Editor
Long ago and far away I wrote a monograph with a group of students entitled: "Once upon a Time There Were Women Too: Women of the Millennium." The work was in response to a list published of famous people of the 20th Century. The list contained very...
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Compliance with Title IX among Historically Black Colleges and Universities 2003 and 2010
More than 40 years after the passage of Title IX, the majority of institutions of higher education are not in compliance. Title IX, passed in 1972, is an Education Amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title IX ensures the rights of all citizens...
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The Quilt Threads Together Sisterhood, Empowerment and Nature in Alice Walker's the Color Purple and "Everyday Use"
The art of quilting involves sewing together scraps of cloth to join fragments into both a work of art and a functional household necessity. Domestic textile design has largely been the domain of women in the United States across racial boundaries. In...
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Diversity and Inquiry in K-12 Physical Science Teaching: Defying the Female Hispanic "Stereotype Threat"
Although recent national efforts to increase participation of females and minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields in education have been rekindled in 2012 through the emphasis on the 40th Anniversary of Title IX...
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A Picture Is Worth One Thousand Words: Representations of African American Women in Children's Picture Books
Representations of African American women in picture books demonstrate their role in history and contemporary culture. Picture books are classified as generally being 32-pages in length with illustrations on each page that tell the story (Lynch-Brown...
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Rise and Resilience of Women's Colleges
Opinions on educating women in America typically reflect society's views of women's social, economic, and political roles and contributions to society. Despite prevailing opinion, major events and visionary men and women changed the course of women's...
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Cuba: Life on the Island through the Eyes of an Active Witness
Cuba's government during President Fulgencio Batista's reign was fraught with corruption, but changes created by the 1959 revolution have resulted in repressive despotism (Wiarda, 1995). Implementing ethnographic techniques, this paper explores changes...
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Vol. 13, Fall

Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers:There is something about the game of baseball that makes me smile. Simply walking into a stadium thrills me. Relatively dark entry tunnels open to a field of glorious green grass with crisp white lines accenting the diamond. Aromas of popcorn,...
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Malcolm X and Christianity: Engaging the Criticisms and Moving towards an African-Centred Christianity That Can Advance Pan-Africanism in the 21st Century
Enslaving religion is a common theme in the curricula of most Black Studies programs. In particular, Christianity is often criticised for its role in the exploitation and domination of Africans and Afro-descended people throughout the world. From the...
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A Model That Works: An Hbcu Preparing Teachers to Educate Diverse Students
HBCUs have historically graduated a large percentage of the nation's African American teachers and have been credited with the capacity for preparing highly effective educators (thinkhbcu.org, 2007-2010). There has been little discussion, though, about...
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Assessment as Part of the Instructional Process When Integrating Indian Education in Content Specific Lessons
Training novice or veteran teachers to meet demands is a continual challenge for those working and teaching in states where there are laws regarding the implementation of Indian education during the instructional process of developing and teaching content...
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Trinidad Rojo: Unsung Intellectual and the New Western History
Since the publication of Patricia Limerick's seminal The Legacy of Conquest in 1987 and subsequent works, there has been a reexamination of the historiography of the American West (Limerick, 1987). In particular, Limerick's New Western History rejected...
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Stigmatization of Mexican Immigrants: The Pervasive Nature of Negative Perception
Immigration from Mexico and Latin America currently is a topic of considerable political and social debate, often fueled by distorted public perception about crime, terrorism, drug trafficking, and other offenses allegedly committed by immigrants. Recurrent...
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Identifying Obstacles to Real Justice: An Ethical Critique of Race-Based Jury Nullification
I hope that there are enough of us out there, fed up with prison as the answer to black desperation and white supremacy, to cause retrial after retrial, until, finally, the United States "retries" its idea of justice.Paul ButlerSince 1995, there have...
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Criminalization of Undocumented Workers and Labor: Increasing Fear and Exploit Ability within the Latino Community1
I think, the way we treat immigrants is a national disgrace and I'm ashamed of what we do. I think anybody who's here in the United States, legal or illegal, is entitled to the full protection of the law and they're not getting that.Robert Morgenthau,...
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Vol. 11, Winter

Letter from the Editor:
ConnectionsRecently I read the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot. Henrietta was an African American Woman who was diagnosed with cervical cancer on January 29, 1951 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. A tissue...
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Father's Day in Maycomb County
To Kill a Mockingbird, like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is an iconic American novel that demands repeated readings and, upon each reading, transforms itself into a new, more deeply textured encounter. As child readers, we want to explore Maycomb...
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Teaching Styles That Turn Students On/off at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
College teaching should be an enjoyable and beneficial experience for both the students and the professor. But this is not always the case. In many instances professors may think well of their teaching, while the students view it quite differently -...
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Health Disparities and Exercise among Ethnic Groups
The subject of health disparities among ethnic groups has been an important topic in health care research since the beginning of the century. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defined health disparities in 1999 as the "difference in the incidence,...
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Black Aesthetics, Art and Social Justice
The purpose of Black art has been a recurring and contested question throughout the development of Black aesthetics. Du Bois (1926) attempted to balance the ideas of aesthetic concepts of literature and aesthetic concepts of practical value. Many years...
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Language and Cultural Ideologies on the Internet: Social Media Use of Adolescents in Semi-Rural South Africa
There is a fallacy that people living in South Africa's small towns or rural settlements are conservative and narrow-minded. These people are also perceived to be technologically behind and are afraid of ground breaking information. In South Africa,...
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L'ouverture's Stay at Fort De Joux: The Construction of Race and Colonialism during the Haitian Revolution
Toussaint L'Ouverture is indisputably one of the most enigmatic figures of Caribbean History. Various scholars have been intrigued by the chameleonic leader of the Haitian Revolution, since he provides a window through which to contemplate the particularities...
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Best Practices in Retention of Underrepresented Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (Stem) in the Tennessee Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (Tennessee Lsamp)
A sense of urgency is needed to increase the number of AfricanAmericans earning baccalaureate degrees through doctorate degrees in the STEM areas. The National Center For Education Statistics (2000) report, Entry and Persistence of Women and Minorities...
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Teaching the Representations of Africa in the Writings of the Diaspora: A Call for the Redefinition of African American Literature
This paper presents my experience teaching a course in Diaspora Studies (precisely African and American Literature) to American college students. The first part of the paper provides some basic background information on the course and the students who...
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The Autumn of the Patriarch
When Gabriel García Márquez accepted the Nobel Prize for literature in 1982, the tone of his speech surprised many of his readers of Cien años de soledad (1968). Art as entertainment and distraction was not Garcia Márquez's priority even though it was...
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Differences between African American Social Scientists on Integration and Separation as Influences on African American Education
Historical Overview of Differences among African Americans over Education for African AmericansThere has been a long continuing history of debate, controversy, and differences between African Americans and White Americans and among African Americans...
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Fall

Purposeful Opportunity: National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates as Teacher
Susie Jans-Thomas, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Research and Advanced StudiesCoordinator, Doctoral Program in Diversity StudiesUniversity of West FloridaWhen I think about the National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates, I think about...
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National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates: How the Organization Redefines the Dialogue about Multicultural Education
As the National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates celebrates its 20th anniversary, I cannot help but think how the organization has provided a platform and a vehicle for others to engage in dialogues about such issues as race, culture,...
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National Association for African American Studies and Affiliates: A Needed Journey of Hope
OverviewThe National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates (NAAAS), founded in 1992, includes all people in membership and activities associated with NAAAS and its Affiliates, the National Association of Hispanic/Latino Studies, National...
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National Association for African American Studies and Affiliates: Creation of an International Family of Scholars
The National Association of African American Studies, as well as its affiliates [National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies, National Association of Native American Studies, and International Association for Asian Studies], have been engaged...
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The Black Studies Movement and Multiculturalism: The Development of the National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates
IntroductionBlack Studies, known contemporarily as African American Studies, Africana Studies, African World Studies, and Diaspora Studies, congealed as a discipline in the 1960s to challenge the dominant Western theories and explanations about the social,...
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Vol. 10, Spring

Letter from the Editor
In 1971, John Lennon published the song "Imagine." Without intent, the song could be an anthem for the diversity movement. Swift analysis of the lyrics leaves musicians and singers thinking about a world where the ability for all to "live as one" is...
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"Love You Not Me?" Pocahontas and the Virginia Masque: A Jacobean Drama in the Glade
At the edge of a glade, John Smith reported a troop of nearly nude Native women, led by the ""non-paeril" Pocahontas who emerged from the woods to perform an exotic dance for him. Concluded at his feet these several nubile women pressed sensuously down...
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Window Rock House: A Fortress of Faith and Freedom
INTRODUCTIONIn the summer of 2007, undergraduate students from Ohio University Southern in fronton, Ohio, guided by their professor of communication studies, initiated an elongated qualitative field research project resulting in data and discoveries...
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School-Based Intervention Targeting Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease among African-American Students
INTRODUCTIONObesity continues to increase rapidly in the United States (Kopelman, 2000; Kroger, Bowles, Jones, Ainsworth, & Kohl, 2006). The prevalence of obesity in the United States has increased significantly in recent years, and this trend may...
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Woven History: Identity and the Past in Lao-Tai Weaving
WOVEN HISTORY: IDENTITY AND THE PAST IN LAO-TAI WEAVINGNestled in the steep wooded mountains and deep river valleys of northeast Laos, peoples like the Tai Daeng, or the Red Tai, of Houa Phan province live in villages and towns fairly distant from the...
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Ancestral Spirits and Earth Goddesses: Treatment of Supernatural and Mythological Female Figures in Contemporary Latina Literature
This paper will invoke ghosts, witches, legends, and indigenous goddesses and discuss how they inhabit the works of some major contemporary Latina writers such as Sandra Cisneros, Gloria Anzaldua, Cherríe Moraga and Ana Castillo. Examples from their...
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Using Curriculum-Based Measurements to Assess Reading: The Cultural Connections of Diverse Students with Learning Disabilities
INTRODUCTIONIn the classroom context, many students with learning disabilities face reading challenges (Salend, 2008; Mercer & Mercer, 2005; Mercer & Pullen, 2005). They lose their place, they read slowly, and depend upon phonics strategies to...
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Formative Evaluation: Using the Critical Incident Questionnaire in a Graduate Counseling Course on Cultural Diversity
PURPOSE AND BACKGROUNDThe purpose of this study was to obtain student feedback pertaining to the instructor's teaching and the impact the instructor had on the student's learning experience. Students in a graduate-level course, Counseling Diverse Populations,...
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An Exploratory Study of Key Influences on African American Student Choice of Dissertation Topic in a Historically Black University
This article emerged from a series of conversations about doctoral students' research interests and choice of dissertation topic between two faculty members and doctoral candidates at different stages in the Early Childhood Education Program at an urban...
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Facilitated Narratives in Dementia: A Conversational Analysis Approach
INTRODUCTIONThis article will discuss the conversational strategies that enhance communicative effectiveness for a subject with dementia. There are little opportunities to study demented subjects who reside in the community due to a number of factors,...
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Intra-Ethnic Politics and the Emasculation of Filipino Labor Union Politics: The 1947 Founding of the Seafood Workers Union
The last several years of the 1940s represented political turmoil in the life of Victorio Acosta Velasco, a Filipino journalist and labor union leader who had arrived on a Seattle pier in 1922 and remained continuously involved in both realms until he...
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