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The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

"Doc McStuffins" and the Power of TV Role Models

June 20, 2012

Kevin Clark affirmed the power of TV role models in an AP news story about a new children's animated series on Disney starring a spunky African American girl who wants to be a doctor.

Clark is a professor in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University and director of the Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity.

The AP article, which has been picked up many major media outlets this week, is headlined "Black Doctors See Hope in TV's 'Doc McStuffins,'" and is by Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer. An excerpt from the article is below.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A pig-tailed girl whose favorite accessory is a pink stethoscope has become a symbol of pride and hope for black women in medicine and the daughters they want to inspire.

Doc McStuffins, the African-American title character of an animated TV series for children, dreams of becoming an M.D. and, for now, runs a cheerful home clinic for stuffed animals and dolls.

"I haven't lost a toy yet!" Doc exclaims as she hugs a blue dinosaur in need of attention.

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The power of TV role models, even animated ones, is undeniable, said Kevin Clark, founder and director of George Mason University's Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity.

"Because children of color (African American and Latino) spend the most time viewing television, it is important to have programming that represents them, their surroundings, as well as their dreams and aspirations," Clark said in an email.

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