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The PR Hub focuses on 4 pillars with emphasis on Puerto Rico: conducting academic research, engaging UCF students, strengthening partnerships, and promoting engagement through community outreach.

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ACADEMIC RESEARCH

Research is conducted to systematically study and understand important issues related to Puerto Ricans.

Select research projects include:

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STUDENT ENGAGEMENT

Students are provided with opportunities to engage in individual or collective research projects, participate in travel to Puerto Rico and knowledge exchange.  We also aim to infuse research related to Puerto Ricans in curricula.

Selected student research products:

 

DISSERTATION

Coordinating the Chaos: How Institutions Influence Multi-Actor Coordination in Emergency Management (2022)
Author: Belligoni, Sara
Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1731

Under Pressure: Analysis of An Undergraduate Intervention for STEM Students in Academic Decline (2020)
Author: Ford, Dena
University of Central Florida: Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-, 44

Puerto Rican Students after Hurricane Maria: Overcoming Trauma and Constructing a New Life in Central Florida (2020)
Author: Vergara, Angela
University of Central Florida: Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-, 624.

I Kid You Not, I am Asked a Question about Children At Least Once a Week: Exploring Differences in Childbearing Habitus in Pronatalist Fields (2016)
Author: Mullins, Alyssa
University of Central Florida: Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 5107

Puerto Rican Women in Pursuit of the Doctorate: A Qualitative Analysis of Doctoral Students at a Predominantly White Institution and a Hispanic Serving Institution (2013)
Author: Morales, Cyndia
University of Central Florida: Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2564

When There’s No Home to Prepare: Understanding Natural Hazards Vulnerability Among The Homeless In Central Florida (2013)
Author: Settembrino, Marc
University of Central Florida: Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2987

Predictors of Food Insecurity in Three Central Florida Communities
Towns, Tangela. 2013.
University of Central Florida: Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2699

 

MASTER THESES

Exploring the Response to COVID-19 in Puerto Rico
Colon, Richard. 2022. University of Central Florida: Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-, 1185

Investigating the Spatial Relationship Between Sense of Place and Community-Based Organizations: Do Community-Based Organizations: Do Community-Based Organizations Influence Volunteering in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida?
Edmonston, Erica. 2021. University of Central Florida: Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-, 498

Hurricane Maria: a qualitative study of recently displaced students to the state of Florida
Cabrera, Esmeralda. 2019. University of Central Florida: Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 6458

Tails in the Wind: an exploratory examination of media reports on nonhuman animals throughout Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico
Jagoda, Nathan. 2019. University of Central Florida: Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 6702

High School Students Attending College: A Study Of The Dual Enrollment Program And Its Impact On The Postsecondary Institution Of Brevard Community College
Hiesterman, Matthew. 2013. University of Central Florida: Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2639

Exploring Theology And Practice In Islamic Parenting
Akin, Mergin. 2012. University of Central Florida: Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2268

Have You Heard? Predictors Of Hpv Awareness Among A Random Sample Of College Students
Arrastia, Meagan. 2009. University of Central Florida: Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 4128

Race And Health Behaviors: A Study Of Diabetes Among African American Adults
Towns, Tangela. 2009. University of Central Florida: Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 4139

Technological Disasters: An Investigation Of The Conservation Of Resources Theory On Depression
Gentry, Brian. 2008. University of Central Florida: Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 3443

 

UNDERGRADUATE PUBLICATIONS

Mental Health of Puerto Ricans Who Stayed in Puerto Rico Compared to Those Who Migrated to Florida After Hurricane Maria
Chapdelaine, Sophia. 2022. University of Central Florida: Honors Undergraduate Theses,1237 

Who Participates in Academic Services?
Colon, Richard. 2020. University of Central Florida: Honors Undergraduate Theses, 689

Growing Up Puerto Rican: College Students’ Reality of Staying in Puerto Rico Post-Maria
Pizarro Vásquez, Bianca M. 2020. University of Central Florida: Honors Undergraduate Theses, 744

Gender Disparities in Depression in Elderly Puerto Ricans
Perez-Negron, Arnaldo. 2019. The Pegasus Review: UCF Undergraduate Research Journal: Vol. 11: Iss. 1, Article 6

A Content Analysis on the Phases of Emergency Management for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico
Rivera, Jose. 2019. UCF Undergraduate Research Journal: Vol. 11: Iss. 1, Article 2 

Social Factors and Their Effect on Diabetic Patients in Puerto Rico Post Hurricane Maria
Gomez, Brieshka.

 

GPII INTERNS PUBLICATIONS

Navigating Puerto Rican Statehood: Unpacking Political Dynamics and Misconceptions
Bello Marín, Ana. 2023. UCF Global Perspectives and International Initiatives.

Renewable Energy in Puerto Rico
Tang, Andre. 2023. UCF Global Perspectives and International Initiatives.

The Impact of the Short-Term Rental Industry in Puerto Rico
Bello Marín, Ana. 2023. UCF Global Perspectives and International Initiatives

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PARTNERSHIPS

Collaborations are formed with groups internally including UCF faculty, faculty from other academic institutions, other research centers and institutes, non-profit organizations, businesses, and other stakeholders.

Partners include faculty from:

Arts and Humanities

College of Engineering and Computer Science

College of Community Innovation and Education

College of Sciences

College of Health Professions and Sciences

College of Nursing

College of Medicine

College of Undergraduate Studies

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OUTREACH

Knowledge is disseminated about Puerto Ricans throughout community events, news interviews, and discussions with policy makers.

Selected examples: