The Diversely Me Foundation Research Ideate & Vision Statement
Published Ideate 12/2019 by National Institute of Health,
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
The Foundation Research Study Model proposes & strives to answer the following question:
Are our Fandom Passions Transformative? And can they help us not only identify but also inspire us to invest in and improve our self-identity, self-awareness, self-worth and self-image, guiding us to self-actualization?
About Our Research Model and Ideate:
In August 2019 Neisha T Mulchan, Founder of DG, Nurse Practitioner and Behavioral Health Researcher collaborated with her very nerdy bestie Mr Jonathan Panarello Nurse Practitioner and Co-Researcher; to gather, and analyze data points from posts, messaging, and discussions across Diversely Geek SM platforms. Our goal has always been to host platforms that promoted positive messaging; self-value and human connection and our research showed us how truly transformative and valuable it is to belong to fandom communities. We identified at least 11 psycho-emotional messaging connectors, or common threads of exchange, that inspired us to talk; to discuss, to think; to invent, create and innovate. And then to further investigate how the fandom, it’s characters; stories and world-building motivate us to work on learning more about our own self, and sometimes to work towards self-care. This was something I had always believed was possible because it was a journey I had taken myself as part of my own growth.
We decided to submit our ideas as a Research Ideate or Postulate to The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research division of The National Institute of Health (NIH). In December 2019 we learned that the postulate was accepted and would be published to the OBSSR website, as a credible research project approved by the NIH. We couldn’t believe it, we had proved that it's not just cool to be a nerd, but it’s also beneficial for improving physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and Intellectual wellness.
Based on this we worked as a team to develop the bio-sketch that outlines the purpose of the research; the key components in the RAC architecture; the data analysis points and the audience. We then created the groundwork for a front-facing foundation that allows us to offer the "theorized" services as well as to continue to collect data for review; that augments our projects and programs focused on self awareness and mental wellness. As of August 2021, we have launched our newest wing; The Diversely Me Foundation, and have begun offering the services we hoped would be possible.
The key focus and elements of our research postulate and theory address the Scientific Priorities determined to be most relevant for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research as identified and supported by the National Institute for Health (NIH) administered and reviewed via and by The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences (OBSSR)