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April 2016



WOU Research Project Helps to Grow Pipeline of Minority Researchers


by Carol Dennis

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Breaking an Historical Bias
Throughout its history, psychology research has been dominated by white Western culture. When white researchers research people of color, using elements from the dominant culture to measure or evaluate diverse populations, the findings may be less than flattering, even racist, and often causing great harm.
Dr. Stephanie Hoover (Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Western Oregon University) and her team are helping break this historical bias.

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Education Evaluation Center Improves Retention of WOU Students

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Between 2010 and Summer 2015, the Education Evaluation Center (EEC) identified 42 Western Oregon University students as having a disability. Many of those students were identified as having more than one disability/disorder. All were recommended to receive accommodations through the Western Oregon University Office of Disability Services.



This report explores the EEC's diagnoses, suggested accommodations and impact, and shows that retention rates of students receiving accommodations far exceeds that of the general student population.


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A STEM Adventure at the TRI-CDC Summer Camp
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This year, the TRI-CDC Summer Camp will focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.


This camp is open to all families on and off WOU campus.

  • Begins June 20, 2016
  • For children 30 months to 8 years!
  • Located on the WOU Campus in historic Todd Hall
  • Monday- Friday 7:30am-5:30pm



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Executive Function and Social Emotional Development: Understanding the Relationship.


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TRI's Serra Acar and Patricia Blasco, joined by Oregon Department of Education's Mandy Stanley, presented at the Oregon Head Start Association 2016 Specialist Conference.


The session, Executive Function and Social Emotional Development: Understanding the Relationship, provided families and early childhood professionals with activities and strategies that support components of Executive Function that relate to Social and Emotional development for children, birth to three, with diverse abilities.


This article contains links to the slide presentation, as well as suggested assessment activities between adults and toddlers.


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TRI Challenge to Walk Across America Welcomes All Ability Levels
By Carol Dennis

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When many of us hear the invitation to “Walk Across America,” we assume it’s for someone else. We envision a person all sinew and muscle, wearing shorts and a tank-top, glistening in the sun. We don’t see a person who might be in decent shape, but certainly not running marathons or biking 20 miles a day. The entire concept feels fun, but very much out of reach to most of us.


That particular challenge is so far beyond the capabilities of most of us, that it would be folly, and maybe even dangerous, to attempt it.


And then came the invitation from TRI to join their Walk Across America challenge.



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