Mariela Fernandez

Mariela Fernandez
Clemson University | CU · Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management

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Previous studies on environmental justice have paid limited attention to procedural injustice in parks. Using the concept of slow violence, this paper interrogates the ideological and philosophical foundations of American public parks in order to unearth enduring structural patterns of procedural injustice. The paper illustrates that community, sta...
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, compliance with public health guidelines to reduce the coronavirus spread became a focal point for park managers. Because parks were among the few spaces open to the public during the pandemic, park users may have been willing to accept the risk of noncompliance in exchange for the benefits of being outdoors. In this s...
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While urban greenspaces play an important role in shaping the cultural and social dimensions of cities, these spaces are also inherently political, often serving to perpetuate the exclusion and subordination of racially marginalized populations. Drawing upon critical race theory, the purpose of this research is to use narratives to highlight how ra...
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Research methods to access and engage historically oppressed communities have evolved dramatically. Leisure researchers once aspired to be objective and to remain detached from their participants, but developments in grounded and participatory epistemologies have enabled the development of various kinds of relationships between researchers and stud...
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As interpretivist-constructivist and critical scholarship has advanced within leisure science, so too does the need for more comprehensive approaches for reflexivity. Reflexivity, which can be described as an act, capacity, or practice to self-critique one’s own biases that may influence the construction of knowledge, is an important means for meet...
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Citizen-based policing creates “white space” in areas undergoing environmental gentrification. Citizen-based policing targets minority youth behaviors in parks in these areas. The number of graffiti-related 311 non-emergency calls increased with environmental gentrification. Minority youth may stop using urban parks due to citizen-based policing...
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Contemporary population trends impact leisure experiences and service delivery, requiring recreation and leisure departments to prepare students to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse clientele. However, with little formal training on how to teach content concerning diverse populations, this can be a daunting task. The panel session Preparing...
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Using critical race theory (CRT), this paper examined how race influenced Black mothers’ recreational choices for their children. In presenting the findings, this paper used storytelling inspired by interviews conducted with single Black mothers living in a small midwestern U. S. town. Black mothers hoped to prepare their children to successfully n...
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Although the leisure research discusses how feelings of being unwelcome dissuade racial and ethnic groups from participating in recreational activities, less attention has been placed on what elements allow a sense of belonging to be developed among minorities. This study examined Black adults’ experiences in recreational tennis leagues. Specifical...
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Neighborhood stigma, founded on the idea that individuals avoid and denigrate spaces occupied by residents of color due to perceptions of crime and disorder, can influence travel patterns, impact housing markets, and exacerbate social and environmental justice issues. As a proliferation of urban greenways connecting once stratified communities, suc...
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Although research has shown that park resources and other open green spaces lead to numerous benefits, progress in increasing access to parks and open green space has also come with unexpected challenges, which have received less attention in the scholarly literature. The purpose of this study was to examine the contradictory effects of improved pa...
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Socioeconomic and racial-ethnic inequities in access to recreation settings are widely considered environmental justice (EJ) issues. Researchers in leisure, geography, urban planning, and other disciplines have published important theoretical contributions on EJ related to recreation and parks, but such contributions have not been examined conjoint...
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The 606, a greenway in Chicago, has been lauded as a transformative revitalization project that provides diverse benefits and connects communities. However, the greenway has become a source of conflict among Latinx residents who question the trail's value and influence on their communities. Using observations and interviews with users and residents...
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Objective: This study systematically reviewed literature examining the influence of the rural built environment on Latinos’ health outcomes and behaviour in the United States. A secondary aim of the study was to identify strategies developed to address challenges in the rural built environment affecting Latinos’ health. Design: This study followed...
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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundations' Culture of Health represents a national call to ensure everyone living in the United States can have a healthy life. This article discusses how organizations outside of the health care sector can participate in creating a Culture of Health by using a nonprofit organization (Little Village Environmental Justice O...
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The complex and uncertain academic job search is often a terrifying prospect for aspiring recreation and leisure scholars. New doctoral candidates are eager for meaningful lived experiences and useful advice regarding the steps for a successful job search, including finding the right opportunities, submitting applications, interviewing well, and ne...
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Graduate school is critical period of professional development in the lives of aspiring scholars, presenting a number of challenges and opportunities. Synthesizing insights from an online survey of individuals on The Academy of Leisure Sciences (TALS) listserv, a group of academics and professionals at various levels within the parks, recreation, t...
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Tenure-track positions at institutions of higher education are often highly coveted because they offer job stability, academic freedom, and higher pay. Despite this allure, the academic career path is fraught with challenges, particularly during the first few years of a tenure-track position where one must balance new demands and escalating expecta...
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This was a panel session consisting of three parts: demographic differences in greenway use patterns and preferences, unintended social and economic consequences associated with greenway development, and strategies for engaging diverse communities in greenway planning and management
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Community and park planners have made improvements to the built environment in order to positively influence health outcomes. An important component of improving the built environment includes engaging community members in the planning process. Yet, attempts to include community members have not always been successful, as the case of Latinos living...
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Greenways represent corridors of benefits with a unique capacity to contribute to sustainable urban development, yet more research is needed to understand the extent to which greenway-related benefits are realized and distributed across diverse populations and settings. Using intercept surveys of greenway users during summer 2015, our study explore...
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Municipal governments continue to struggle with decreased funding. In order to offset depleting funds, agencies rely on volunteers to provide resources to the public. In youth sport programs, parents provide much of the support, and it is estimated that 90% of youth sport coaches are parents. Given that parents have been instrumental in youth sport...
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Incidents in which program leaders confront issues of culture and race occur regularly in many youth programs. These incidents are important because they reflect powerful dimensions of youth’s lived experience and bring issues of injustice and program inclusiveness to the fore. This study examined these culture-related incidents and how leaders res...
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One type of urban park, greenways, represent unique “corridors of benefits” that have attracted a great deal of attention from urban planners and recreation practitioners. Well-designed greenways can contribute to sustainable urban development by improving health and wellness, facilitating connections with nature, fostering social interaction and i...
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A growing body of research highlights multiple environmental, social, and health-related benefits associated with urban parks and natural areas. These urban green spaces (UGS) will become more valuable as cities expand. One type of urban park, greenways, represents unique “corridors of benefits” that have attracted much attention from urban planner...
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This chapter reviews the current state of developmental knowledge about rural Latino youth and discusses strategies for conducting research with this understudied population. Latino youth make up over one tenth of the rural youth population in the USA, yet the empirical literature regarding their well-being and development is relatively sparse. On...
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Latinos’ utilization of natural environments in urban areas is affected by a myriad of factors, including acculturation levels and access to natural environments. This study examined the differences in access to natural environments and acculturation levels among Latinos residing in two urban communities and explored the determinants of recreation...
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This study sought to explore (a) how the Milton Recreation Center (MRC) became racialized as an African American space, (b) the factors limiting Hispanic parents from enrolling their children at the MRC, and (c) African Americans' attitudes toward increasing Hispanic participation at the MRC. The study employed qualitative methods including partici...
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While the development of life skills (e.g., communication, problem solving, etc.) is a commonly targeted youth program outcome, the lack of standardized conceptualizations and instrumentation make it difficult to compare impacts across programs and develop validated best practices. In order to promote a more unified approach to life skill developme...

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To better understand users of urban greenways' experience, motivations and perceived benefits. Data were collected on the Leon Creek Greenway in San Antonio, Texas and the Atlanta BeltLine in Atlanta, Georgia.