Assistant Professor Nichola Driver recently delivered a presentation at the 49th Arkansas Sociological and Anthropological Association’s Annual Meeting at UA Little Rock.
Driver’s presentation reflected the findings from a research paper written with second-year student Megan Grubb, “Food Insecurity Among U.S. Hispanics/Latinx: Evidence from the Fragile Families & Childhood Wellbeing Study.”
Driver and Grubb’s research looked at how food insecurity for Latinx families is influenced by factors at different levels of society. Preliminary findings suggest that while individual-level factors remain important for predicting adult and child food insecurity, community and structural factors are also influential, including access to social support in one’s community and speaking the dominant language.
“Our results determined that education and social support within Latinx populations could be influential for lowering food insecurity for both adults and children,” Grubb said. “We hope these results shed light on the importance of diverse and varying program and policy solutions rather than a single, blanketed solution.”
Grubb is currently studying Portuguese at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais in São Paulo, Brazil, as part of her Boren Fellowship.
David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), a major federal initiative designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills. Boren Awards provide U.S. undergraduate and graduate students with resources and encouragement to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security and stability of our nation. In exchange for funding, Boren award recipients agree to work in the federal government for a period of at least one year.
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