SOMOS is a faculty mentored and student led undergraduate research project based at W&M’s Global Research Institute. Their work is grounded in theory from the growing field of community based participatory research. Thorough partnering with the community of Esfuerzo in the Dominican Republic they examine how the collective capacity and self efficacy of a community translates to health outcomes.

The research goal of SOMOS is to test the hypothesis that SOMOS’ intervention increases collective capacity and self-efficacy, thus improving health outcomes. This hypothesis is tested using multiple sources of data from community meetings, key informant interviews, and verbal community surveys and using social network analysis (SNA); domains, tasks, resources, and activities methodology (DTRA), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and analysis of self-efficacy.

Faculty Adviser

Professor Carrie Dolan

Focus Areas

Public Health, Community Based Research



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Student Opportunities

SOMOS recruits freshmen and sophomores each fall (and in spring on an as-needed basis). To learn more and apply, look for MANOS at the student activities fair and at informational meetings before and during the application process. As a team, SOMOS carefully reads and evaluates every application, and selects applicants to interview. Final decisions are based on team needs and the strength of the applicant pool. Knowledge and/or fluency of Spanish is very helpful but not required to become a member.

Social Media

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