Community and Cultural Connections

Recorded five-minute presentations for the Undergraduate Scholarly Showcase in Category A: Community and Cultural Connections, Projects A-01 through A-09.


A-01: Inclusive Language: What is It and Why Do Non-Profit Organizations Need It?

Lydia Whiteford, Communication
Grace Lanzotti, Communication, Psychology
Emily Mays, Communication
Landen Boulding, Communication
Cornelius (Tracy) Ritze, Communication
Project Advisor: Dr. Michael Sharp
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Village Life Outreach Project is a non-profit organization that focuses on promoting life, health, and education in villages in Tanzania. Village Life's philosophy and vision are different from many others you may encounter. It is important to do research and educate our partners about what inclusive language is and why it's important. Village Life needs a rubric to make sure all of their social media posts, website content, YouTube videos, and more portray their vision and heart of partnership and collaboration to everyone that may encounter them. We are collaborating with Village Life on making an inclusivity statement. A unique and personal inclusivity statement, tailored to Village Life, is a vital part of the organization's future goals. We understand that training will need to be implemented for Village Life's board of directors and we are excited to create this. Having interactive training, coupled with the drafting of an inclusivity statement, will create future opportunities and ensure that everyone on Village Life's team is on the same page in their philosophy and vision. Inclusive language is something that everyone should strive to educate themselves about and this is what we plan to demonstrate. The training and rubric will facilitate learning for the board of directors of Village Life and create opportunities for future partners to attain a new basis of knowledge.


A-02: Connecting Communities in Tanzania to Cincinnati: Village Life Travel App

Reegan Clark, Communication
Karamia Kranzley, Communication
Emma Kahmann, Communication
Binod Dahal, IT
Mark Welch, Communication
Project Advisor: Dr. Michael Sharp
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Our goal is to develop an app for the Village Life Outreach Project. The Village Life Outreach Project is a non-profit in Cincinnati that works with villages in Tanzania to improve the quality of life. Our group consists of communication majors and an IT major. Our problem is to figure out what content is needed within the app and app development. We plan to inform the travelers by creating pages that include pre, during, and post-trip information; as well as offering a survey to travelers returning from Tanzania. This app will define the objectives of travelers and serve as a bridge for communication. The data from the travelers will allow us to know if the app is meeting the needs of the users. We have talked with staff members in regards to a potential spending amount for the app which is around 1,000-3,000 dollars. As a group, our goal is to ensure Village Life is confident with the ideas presented for the app in order to move forward.


A-03: Village Life Student Board

Cassidy Mayse, Communication
Grace Holliday, Communication
Anna Vincent, Communication
Whinti McNay, Communication
Ishan Rayka, Communication
Project Advisor: Dr. Michael Sharp
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Having diversity within an organization is important for a number of reasons, and Village Life's board of directors has not shied away from the idea. Our group's project is to try and figure out how to integrate students into the Village Life's board of directors. Our idea consists of trying to work out the logistics of a mentor/mentee relationship between students and different board members. We are excited to keep moving forward on this project because of the potential benefits it brings including: a more diverse perspective, new ideas that bring about analytical problem solving, and an overall wider age range.


A-04: The Effect of Support Group for Homicide Survivors

Amanda Reinhardt, Social Work
Project Advisor: Dr. Gary Dick
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This research Study oversees the effect of homicide on family members of their loved one. Losing a family member without any notice is hard. It takes a toll emotionally, mentally and leaves family members in sometimes total confusion. The Cincinnati Police Department Victims Assistance Liaison Unit holds monthly support groups for family members, friends, and anyone who has lost a loved one to homicide. To see how one's attending feel after the support group, this study goes over a survey that is completed at the end of each support group with a mood scale that each attendee can use to rate their mood at the end of the group. The goal of the survey is to see how many of those attending feel supported.


A-05: Life Skills Survivors of Human Trafficking Need to Re-Integrate Back Into the Community

Brynn McNeice, Social Work
Project Advisor: Dr. Gary Dick
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Awarded Excellence in Research Communication

The aim of my study is to find the life skills that survivors of human trafficking need to re-integrate back into a community. The purpose of my project is to bring awareness and knowledge that survivors of human trafficking lack a multitude of basic life skills they need to be able to integrate into a community and/or live independently. My population is women that have been involved in human trafficking and/or sexual exploitation. I created a survey for the clientele at my field placement, Off the Streets to fill out. From the survey, I have gathered data, both qualitative and quantitative, that displays the specific life skills and needs that the population believes they need to re-integrate into the community.


A-06: Civic Engagement of Returning Citizens

Jossie Jones, Social Work
Project Advisor: Dr. Gary Dick
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Awarded Excellence in Research Communication

For returning citizens, or individuals who have been released from incarceration, navigating multiple marginalized identities can serve as a barrier to their reentry. Their identities can influence how they are able to navigate the world and impact how successful reintegration is defined. Although returning citizens are expected to fulfill the duties and obligations of full citizenship, they are denied the rights and privileges that full citizenship allows, such as the ability to vote. The right to vote and other forms of civic engagement (e.g., performing jury duty, political activism, community engagement) allow returning citizens to actively participate in the very democratic process they are expected to contribute. Additionally, civic engagement allows them to advocate for their own unique needs as returning citizens. The denial of this right following incarceration perpetuates stigma, disenfranchisement, and alienation that returning citizens are faced with overcoming while trying to successfully reintegrate their communities. To support the successful reintegration of returning citizens and inherently their civic participation, research should seek to amplify the voices of returning citizens to understand how they define reintegration for themselves as well as the ways in which they engage within personal relationships and other institutions. The aim of this qualitative study is to understand firsthand the experiences returning citizens face in navigating their reintegration as well as the ways in which civic engagement plays a part in their reintegration into their communities and society.


A-07: Big Brothers Big Sisters: Examining Patterns of Reasoning for Match Closure

Sydni Stanley, Social Work
Project Advisor: Dr. Gary Dick
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Big Brothers Big Sisters: Examining Patterns of Reasoning for Match Closure takes a closer at why the matches at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Butler country agency close. Matches consist of youth raging in ages from Kindergarten to the age of 18 and volunteers raging from high school to adult. Big Brothers Big Sisters offers mentorship relationships that support youth in reaching their potential. Research shows that mentorships relationships that are long lasting have a positive impact on kids and when that is taken away it has a negative impact. Big Brothers Big Sisters matches close for different reasons. This study looks at why the matches close and the patterns that occur within the closures. Why do they close? Do they relate? And are there patterns?


A-09: Bridging Campus Video Production Facilities to Produce UC Sports Content

Caitlyn Zieleniewski, Media Production
Jack Bolander, Media Production
Project Advisor: Dr. Joe Brackman
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We will be producing a 30-minute sports magazine/recap show in the CCM studio called the "Cincy Sports Show." The show will be recorded live-to-tape, with interview segments, taped segments, and live discussion segments. We plan to direct and cut the show remotely, from a control room located in the Nippert Stadium West Pavilion Press Box. The show will cover all University of Cincinnati sports and some Cincinnati pro sports. The pilot episode will be modeled on a program that could be produced monthly, and we will use this opportunity to determine how workflows could be improved going forward. A monthly show, if established, has the potential to be aired on ESPN+ and on UC social media.  One of our goals for this is for it to be a student-led, monthly-produced show. They will spend the weeks leading up to the show planning and getting the content they need. We will also determine the feasibility of interconnecting the Nippert Control Room with the CCM Studio. Long-term opportunities exist if this process can be streamlined. This would give students the opportunity to expand their video production skills. Currently, the students get experience in live sports production, but this would give them a chance to also learn how to produce a studio show.