2018 Summer Community News

Letter from the Directors

Dear SIROW Colleague,

The 2017-2018 year was exciting for SIROW. We transitioned to a new leadership team. The new Director, Jo Korchmaros, and Associate Director, Claudia Powell, learned so much and continue to work diligently to guide and support SIROW’s efforts to develop, conduct, and disseminate collaborative outreach, education, intervention, and research projects to diverse... read more

The Juvenile Justice Initiative Project: Identifying Barriers and Innovating from Obstacles

By Tamara Sargus
 
Youth involved in the juvenile justice system face numerous challenges. Arizona is only one of seven states that has open juvenile records. Open juvenile records mean potential employers and educational institutions can view juvenile court records, which may keep youth from securing employment or being accepted into an education program. Additionally... read more

SIROW Joins Anti-Trafficking Task Force to Implement Community Drop-In Center

By Candace Black

As part of SIROW’s partnership with the Southern Arizona Anti-Trafficking Unified Response Network (SAATURN), Drs. Black and Stevens coordinated with CODAC Health, Recovery & Wellness and the Tucson Police Department to hold a one-day drop-in center for victims of human trafficking. The event was held September 8, 2018, and coordinated with local community agencies... read more

Spectrum Program Brings Much-Needed HIV Prevention and Sexuality Education Program to Southern Arizona Youth

By Courtney Waters

SIROW is celebrating a momentous start to our new Spectrum program! Awarded in October 2017, Spectrum is a five-year HIV prevention grant funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. For this project, SIROW is excited to be partnering with long-time collaborator, the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (... read more

Dr. Jill Williams Co-Authors Article on Education and Teacher Resistance

By Jill Williams

Dr. Jill Williams, Associate Research Social Scientist with SIROW, recently co-authored an article published in the online forum of Environment and Planning C: Society and Space.  Based on a collaborative research project with public school teachers and Dr. Sara Tolbert from the UA's... read more

Gender and the Construction Classroom: Project CHANGE Pilot Promotes Empowerment

By Allison Dumka
 
Project CHANGE (Career, Harassment, and Nontraditional Gender Education) educates students about gender stereotypes in Career and Technical Education class enrollment. To achieve this mission, Project CHANGE provides free workshops to K-12 schools and community organizations on topics including preventing sexual harassment and online bullying, and how... read more

The CREATE Project: Collaboration and Research for Change

By Rosi Andrade 

Chronic homelessness impacts women’s lives in quite different ways than it often impacts men. For example, a 23-city report by the U.S. Conference on Mayors found that “domestic violence is the primary cause of homelessness for women” and the “impact of violence is cumulative: women who have experienced or witnessed greater numbers of abusive events report higher... read more

Bridges to Wellness Project Provides Education and Testing Services

By Tamara Sargus

Sexually active adolescents are one of the highest risk groups to contract sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as they are more likely to have unprotected sex and more than one sex partner. Research indicates that while adolescents are disproportionately affected by STI’s, gaps exist in accessing testing services.  SIROW’s Bridges to Wellness (B-Well) project is an... read more