In October 2012, two faculty members and five graduate students (Ira Sharaievska, Jeremy Robinett, JC Acevedo, Mariela Fernandez and Courtney Weisman) from the Diversity Lab attendeded the NRPA Leisure Research Symposium in Anaheim, CA. Members of the Lab presented there four papers, one panel and one poster.
Race, Ethnicity and Leisure book to be published in August 2013.
Drs. Stodolska, Shinew, Floyd and Walker are co-editing a book on race, ethnicity and leisure.The purpose of the book is to provide an overview of the core theories, concepts, and research findings that have advanced our understanding of how race and ethnicity affect individual’s daily lives, their use of leisure services, and the provision of leisure services. The book consists of 19 chapters that explore, among others, leisure behavior of African Americans, Latino-Americans, Asian-Americans, and Native Americans, theoretical frameworks and methodologies used in research on leisure of racial and ethnic minorities, issues of provision of leisure services to minority populations, leisure needs and motivations, constraints on leisure, and discrimination in leisure contexts.
In 2009-2011, Drs. Stodolska and Shinew, along with a graduate student - Juan Carlos Acevedo and Dr. Caterina Roman of Temple University conducted a study to examine the relationship between crime and physical activity participation and outdoor recreation among Latino adolescents ages 11-14 and 15-18. The study was funded by a grant from the Salud America program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It evaluated participation in physical activity and outdoor recreation in parks, neighborhood streets, sidewalks, alleys, front/backyards, and school yards/school grounds. Ultimately, the goal of the study was to provide more information on the relationship between crime and physical activity participation among Latino female and male adolescents of various acculturation levels in order to devise strategies that would help increase physical activity participation among members of this group and, thus reducing their obesity levels. For the report from the study please see the Research Projects page.