University of Wisconsin - Green Bay


Research Council

Research
Success

Tohoro Akakpo

Tohoro Akakpo

Fall 2013

"Integration to Mainstream Society: Oware: Empowerment Practice in African Immigrant Community and the Diaspora"

Grant in Aid of Research

Final Report: "This serves as a final report GIAR award of $1,000.00 and the how the fund was dispensed as well as the outcome the grant’s activities. Of the total amount, $800.00 was used to pay a graduate student for data collection and processing. The amount included hours the student employee spent for orientation and training on the use statistical software. One hundred and thirty-eight dollars went toward postage and $56.11 for printing and envelopes. The account was handled through the Office of College of Professional Studies. As part of the GIAR priority activities, the recipient in collaboration with a colleague, now at University of Indiana, Bloomington and a graduate student from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Professional Social Work Programs conducted a cross-sectional study entitled “Impact of Integration into Mainstream Society on Welfare Dependence: A Community Study of Somali Refugees in a Midwestern City in the United States” This study is in compliance with the goal of the grant application, integration into mainstream society of the target population. Using a sample of participants (N=166), the study explores the integration of self-identified first generation Somali refugees and dependency on government assistance. Despite that 78.4% responded that they were currently employed, a large percentage of the total sample (64.6%) still received assistance from the government as compared to the 35.4% who did not. This could be an indication of the participants’ inability to earn a living wage to support themselves. Also, we conducted Chi-square analysis to find if there was an association between men and women, and the test revealed a significant association between gender and employment. Women in the study reported a higher dependency on government assistance than did men. We offered some suggestions for ways to alleviate the obstacles that refugees are experiencing with the anticipation of improving their levels of integration, which could translate into the lowering of their dependence on welfare. The manuscript will be submitted to the Journal of International Migration and Integration for consideration for publication in consultation with the co-authors."


Fall 2011

"Constructing a Cultural Competent Experience Using Reflection Model in the Classroom"

Grant in Aid of Research