Sociology

Springfield is a friendly city with an ugly past. However, it’s more than they lynchings that took place on the square in 1906 that tarnish the reputation. To more fully understand the cultural climate that has been prevalent in the Ozarks for so long, three Missouri State faculty members have developed a living archive of testimonials and oral histories of the African American experience in the Ozarks..

Lyle Foster, an instructor in the sociology department, tells us about the project, The Journey Continues.

Nonprofits exist to feed, shelter and help; but also to boost economic growth. And, they’re making a tremendous impact. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, approximately 1.41 million nonprofits were registered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 2013, the most recent numbers available.

Dr. Christina Ryder, coordinator of Go Lead: Professional Development for the Nonprofit Sector at Missouri State University, director of Community Based Research and instructor in the sociology department shares about Go Lead's programming.

 

 Being sensitive and inclusive is a key to valuing and supporting people in any community. Dr. Michael Stout, director of the Center for Community Engagement at Missouri State University, is the chair for the Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference that will take place March 16-18. 

Barred windows, crumbling buildings, no safe green space for children to play– this is the gritty picture Dr. Mike Stout paints of a rough neighborhood in North Philadelphia in the 1990s. Vividly, Stout, associate professor of sociology at Missouri State University and director of the Center for Community Engagement, remembers walking past this area as an undergraduate student. From this he learned that some of our opportunities are afforded to us due to where we were born and who we call family.

Pregnancy and the birth of a child are two of the most precious times in life. One resource for expectant mothers and fathers is a doula: a trained caregiver and labor companion who assists in prenatal to postpartum care. Christina Ryder, instructor of sociology at Missouri State University and director of the undergraduate Sociology Research Assistant program (in the CSSPPR), and Dr.