Worcester Telegram and Gazette: 'Clark U: Views of Worcester natives, newcomers overlap'

July 7, 2017

A recent article by the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, titled "Clark U: Views of Worcester natives, newcomers overlap," featured the work of Clark University's Anita Fábos, associate professor of international development and social change; Cheryl Hamilton '01, director of partner engagement at the International Institute of New England; and Achu Johnson Alexander, a graduate student.

Here, a brief excerpt:

“A novel study of the integration of foreign- and U.S.-born residents in the city found that when it came to evaluating the social climate in Worcester, the two groups surprisingly saw eye-to-eye.

"Called ‘Shared Worlds,’ the ambitious project, conducted by Clark University professor Anita Fábos and Cheryl Hamilton, director of partner engagement at the International Institute of New England, initially set out to interview 1,000 Worcester residents, but ended up garnering 385 participants in late 2015 through early 2016. The project then analyzed people’s responses to find common themes, in the hopes of providing useful information to policymakers.

" 'Our initial idea was to expand the study of integration beyond measurable indicators, such as jobs, housing and so forth, and explore how integration affects individuals’ abilities to achieve those needs, as well as develop a sense of social belonging,’ Ms. Fabos said in a recent webinar explaining the study results she hosted with fellow project collaborator Achu Johnson Alexander, a graduate student at Clark. 'We don’t know very much about belonging. How do people feel welcome?' ”