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McNair Scholar 2010Salma A. Hussein

Salma A. Hussein is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in public health, youth studies, and leadership studies. Her research interests revolve around understanding issues of access and youth violence impacting first-generation immigrant youth. Ms. Hussein plans on getting her dual master’s in social work and public health.

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My dream is to bring the fruits of science and public health to the poorest of communities, thus combating preventable diseases at the forefront. I want to move communities from dependency to independency through the use of education. Ultimately I want to receive my Ph.D. in social work and organizational leadership.

Research project

Programmatic Evaluation and Interests of Somali Adolescent Girls and Women

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota’s all-female basketball program, as well as explore future programming opportunities.

A survey research design using both quantitative and qualitative questions was employed with 17 Somali adolescent girls and women 13 to 22 years of age. Based on the data, participants are enjoying the basketball program, and the program is meeting their three basic needs of relatedness, competence, and autonomy. Participants indicated they liked the relationship-building, comfortable and positive environment, and sport-related aspects of the program, but the lack of sportsmanship, inconsistency, and inconvenience need improvement. For future programming participants noted they would like basketball to continue, and many other team sports (e.g., volleyball, soccer, football, and badminton) to be offered. Results should be used to inform the future sport programming for Somali adolescent girls and women in this community Download poster

Faculty profile

Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi earned both her M.A. and Ph.D. from the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota where she is currently the associate director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport. Dr. LaVoi’s research interests include the physical activity of girls and women in sport, media portrayals of females in sport, gender, and coaching science, and the influence of sideline parent behaviors at youth sport events. Dr. LaVoi is a contributing author of The Tucker Center Research Report: Developing Physically Active Girls and co-founder of the Minnesota Youth Sport Research Consortium.

Chelsey Thul, M.A. is a doctoral student in the School of Kinesiology and a research assistant in the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport. She received her B.A. in psychology and exercise science from St. Olaf College in 2006, and her M.A. in kinesiology (emphasis: sport and exercise psychology) from the University of Minnesota in 2008.