Huston-Tillotson University Research Journal
The second and third Huston-Tillotson (HT) Research Days 2007-08 and this student research publication (2nd edition) continue the University's reinvigoration of its historical legacy of empirical investigation that was begun with the Inaugural Huston-Tillotson Research Day 2006 and its accompanying Inaugural HT Research Journal. These current articles, as did those in the previous edition, continue to exemplify HT's historical distinction for promoting scientific inquiry and research. The student researchers go beyond discovery and extend social commentary and poignant recommendations for the improvement of humanity based on their research findings. Their thought provoking works challenged society's obligation to: children at risk for mental disorder (Alvarez); adolescent males who are susceptible to delinquency (Blackmon); abused teens and young women (Hernandez); the mentally ill (Garza); the homeless (Ormsby); future generations (Speed and Tavernier); martyrs from its past (Morris); the environment (Northcote); education (Zea-Hernandez); and health (Rancier and Brinkley). Social, health (Rancier and Brinkley), educational (Zea-Hernandez), and environmental (Northcote) justice issues permeate this research, contrary to the egocentric stereotype of these student authors' generation. Speed's and Tavernier's soul searching analysis of their generation ('80s Babies) within a social, psychological, historical, and political paradigm challenged whether Baby Boomer parents have shown the next generation the way of social consciousness, suggesting that cohort differences may be more a function of "miseducation" than gaps. Morris's Birmingham Bombing retrospective rounds this journal out. He addressed how the tragic loss of life for one generation resulted in the improvement of the quality of life for the next, just as the Civil Rights Movement culminated in the presidency of Obama. Thus the worldview of the '60s cohort is placed squarely within a context that subsequent generations can understand. Themes throughout are consistent with President Obama's call for a reinvigoration of the spirit of hopefulness and social justice. Yes we can.
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