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In the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Jim Witte remarks on empathy in NFL response to player's injury

In the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Jim Witte remarks on empathy in NFL response to player's injury

Professional male athletes, particularly in the National Football League, have often been held up as the epitome of toxic male masculinity. This is not without good reason. In the past decade, NFL players have been arrested and convicted in cases of domestic violence, driving under the influence, illegal drug charges, involuntary manslaughter and, in the case of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, even murder.

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Family ties have long run strong in the ranks of NFL coaches

Family ties have long run strong in the ranks of NFL coaches

IIR Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr. Marissa Kiss, was interviewed by the Associated Press to discuss nepotism in the NFL. In recent decades immigrants have been underrepresented in the NFL. This is changing and hopefully immigrants along with African Americans will be able to bring their talent to the ranks of NFL coaches.

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Witte Receives Funding for Project Aimed at Examining How Immigrant Athletes May Act As Agents of Change

Witte Receives Funding for Project Aimed at Examining How Immigrant Athletes May Act As Agents of Change

James C. Witte, Professor, Sociology; Director, Institute for Immigration Research, received funding from Americorps for the project: "Immigrants, Athletes, and Civic Engagement." Witte is collaborating with Marissa Kiss, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Immigration Research, on this project. Witte and Kiss will examine the degree to which immigrant athletes use their visibility, acceptance, and influence to extend the spirit of inclusiveness and equity to all New Americans.

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Silver Receives Funding for Project on First-generation College Seniors from Immigrant Families

Silver Receives Funding for Project on First-generation College Seniors from Immigrant Families

Blake R. Silver, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, received $1,947 from the American College Personnel Association for the project: "Layered Transitions: First-Generation College Seniors from Immigrant Families." With the support of collaborators Tharuna Kalaivanan, Fanni Farago, and Kellie Wilkerson, Mason doctoral students studying sociology, this project will explore the experiences of students who are both children of immigrants and the first in their families to pursue a bachelor’s degree. In-depth interviews will be analyzed to understand the resources FGC students from immigrant families bring to the senior-year transition and how these resources shape strategies for navigating the transition.

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Congratulations, graduates!

Congratulations, graduates!

Congratulations to all CHSS employees who are graduating this week! The satisfaction of achieving an academic goal is rewarding, but did you know that eligible faculty and staff may also be awarded a one-time degree and certification recognition bonus?

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Historic election brings new American dreams to Prince George’s council

Historic election brings new American dreams to Prince George’s council

A once majority-White Prince George’s that became a place for Black Americans building their own American Dream elected three millennial council members last month who represent a growing share of the Prince George’s Black population: African immigrants and their children. The county was home to nearly 54,000 African immigrants in 2019, according to data from the George Mason University Institute for Immigration Research.

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