Congratulations to Koyel Khan, who has been selected for the Excellence in Graduate Teaching in Women's Studies Award. This award recognizes excellence in teaching by graduate students in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Program. It is awarded annually to a graduate student who exemplifies feminist pedagogy in the classroom.
Read Matthew Hughey's recent op-ed in the Hartford Courant, "There's Another Pandemic to Fight: Racism." The article can be found here.
"Until we face up to our own lack of empathy and kindness to others, coupled with a hard look at the white-interests of disease-blaming, we will not understand how truly connected and reliant on one another we are, especially when we must collectively combat public health crises."
What careers are most difficult to balance work and family? Easiest?
"Each career has its own unique challenges for balancing work and family - but blue and pink collar occupations and the service industry work are especially difficult. In many white-collar occupations, work can be done from home (as we are seeing now) and the pay is better - so families can outsource things like childcare, even if they have to pay more to find someone at the last minute. But in the service industries, working from home is not an option. (And, neither is bringing your child to work - yet, I have certainly seen colleagues in a pinch do this on occasion. It's not ideal, but it's also not a huge deal. In service occupations, workers are more likely to lose their jobs if they do this). Similarly, employers in these industries want perpetually available workers, whom they can schedule to come in at the last minute, or stay late if someone doesn't show up. This...can be extremely difficult to manage if you have children, and even more so if you are a single parent, live far away from family, or don't have a lot of expendable income you can use to hire help at the last minute."
Excerpted from 2020's Best & Worst States for Working Moms
Public Engagement and Community Service Award: Abishek Gupta
"I am an undergraduate Honors student at UConn triple majoring in Sociology, the Biological Sciences, and Spanish with plans to graduate in December 2020. Throughout my college career I have been dedicated to the cause of improving my community through social justice. As a part of my efforts I have headed the student-led UConnPIRG hunger and homelessness campaign which is dedicated to poverty-relief and awareness efforts, co-founded a study to investigate the presence of food insecurity on UConn's campus that helped prompt the state legislature mandate to study food security at all Connecticut higher education institutions, and chaired the Undergraduate Student Government Student Services committee which works to make the university a more inclusive place and improve student life in areas concerning mental health and wellness, food security, access to hygiene products, transportation and recreation, and sustainable environmental practices. Currently, I serve as an undergraduate student representative on the President's Student Mental Health and Well-being task force working to improve the mental health culture on UConn's campus. "
Outstanding Sociology Undergraduate Award: Julianne Harris
This paper analyzed archived UConn yearbooks and alternative media across the 20th century, documenting post WWII, the Vietnam War, and the social movements of the 1960s and 70s, discussing how the yearbooks represented, or misrepresented, major historical and social events. Using the idea of the "nostalgia trap," or overly positive recollections of the past, the analysis concludes that the UConn yearbook does take time to document important social issues of the time, though has some level of uncalled for positivity compared to reality.