Sociocultural Perspectives

Rooted

Community gardens in cities, often touted as the the solution to many urban health and crime issues, have been used as an educational tool since the beginning of the twentieth century. Through gardening, “one learns not only practical skills associated with gardening—but also the civic-mindedness to nurture a community open space” [1]. Gardens teach youth…

Intelligence, Mental Health, and the Battle for the 4.0

Walking around Washington University’s campus, you will probably see smiling students, beautiful buildings, and pristine landscaping. However, closer observation paints a different picture. A majority of student conversation is dominated by talk of grades, extracurricular activities, and the amount of sleep (or lack thereof) that a student was able to manage the night before. At…

If You Build It

Abutting I-44 and wedged between Compton and McKinley Heights, the Fox Park neighborhood of St. Louis is a small community with a culture of its own. A painted fleur de lis pattern dances across the asphalt, and green fire hydrants (painted with a fox, of course) stand sentry along the sidewalks. It is October, and…

Father to Son

Ken Nwachukwa stands atop a grey metal fold-up chair and clangs his champagne glass with a metal spoon. The crowd of family and friends, each engaged in separate conversations, congregate around Ken and his step-son, David Ayeke. The occasion is David’s high school post-graduation party. “David, I pass the torch to you,” laughing in a…

Bridging Gender and Socioeconomic Disparities in Health Care

Alaina Maciá, CEO of Medical Transport Management (MTM) and an alumna of Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), has dedicated her career to breaking down barriers: those that affront socioeconomically-­disadvantaged patients in accessing health care, and those that hinder women in the workplace. While these issues seem unrelated, Maciá seizes her position as a female…

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