To Whom It May Concern: I am writing on behalf of Dr. Pia Rebello Britto, professor at Yale University and associate research scientist at the Yale Child Study Center. She is currently conducting a study entitled, Mann Ana/Who Am I? Understanding identity formation of Arab Muslim children growing up in the US. This study involves surveying Arab Muslim children, ages of 10 to 14, and their parents (MA, CT, NY, and NJ) in order to gain a better understanding of the issues this population has faced, faces, with respect to issues of identity formation and discrimination, post 9/11. The is a ground breaking study in that it is the first to explore these issues with Arab Muslim children and youth of this age group. The project is about to go into full swing; a website will be launched sometime in July 2009(mannana.yale.edu; whoami.yale.edu) to inform and recruit participants to the study. A publicity campaign is planned to help spread the word of the opportunity for participation in these communities. This website will feature videos, team member audio clips (who they are and why they joined the Mann Ana team), along with an online recruitment form, study description and invitation to participate. Dr. Britto has authored and co-authored papers on these topics that you may find of interest. If you are interested in reading them, please let me know how I may send you the pdf versions. This population is a sensitive one and as Yale's Muslim Chaplain, Omer Bajwa says, it is time to take down the walls of misconception and to build bridges. Dr. Britto will share the outcome of this study with educators and policy makers in the US with the intent to help foster understanding and healthy change. We love your site and follow it regularly. Sincerely, N. Shemrah Fallon Project Coordinator Mann Ana/Who am I? firstname.lastname@example.org 203-737-2709
Note: I selected 'no' re permission to share this information publicly as we would rather wait until the Mann Ana website is launched, unless you feel otherwise.
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