Dr. Cherly Gary-Furdge, the Program Coordinator for North Central Texas College’s Law Enforcement program, recently presented at the Southwestern Social Science Association (SSSA) National Conference.
SSSA is the umbrella organization for seven academic and professional affiliate associations including economics, history, international studies, political science, social work, sociology and women’s and gender studies.
Founded in 1919, SSSA is the oldest interdisciplinary social science association in the United States, and is composed of professionals and students in the social sciences, including academics and other professionals.
The purpose of SSSA is to promote, cultivate and correlate the various areas of the social sciences.
Dr. Furdge’s presentation was entitled “A Phenomenological Study of Racial Identity Development for Black-White Mixed Race Children in the United States.” This was also the subject of her dissertation for her doctorate degree.
“The subject of my dissertation was birthed from a final paper I wrote in a class,” she said. “After writing the paper, I became interested in the topic and decided to conduct a pilot study. The results from the pilot study gave me the motivation I needed to turn the project into my dissertation.”
Dr. Furdge is now working to publish a scholarly article from the results of her dissertation.