Author: Malley, Mary

Feb. 8, 2023: Pipeline to Publishing

Please join us for the our first Pipeline to Publishing workshop of the Spring 2023 semester! Rianka Roy will circulate her paper, "The Membership Game: Limited Participation in Indian Tech Unions and Some Responses." Please contact Andrew Deener (andrew.deener@uconn.edu) for more information.

 

February 8, 2023

1:00 - 2:30 PM

125 Manchester Hall or Remote

 

Laura Bunyan: Husky Harvest in “UConn Today”

Check out UConn Today’s recent article “Husky Harvest Aims to Help Regional Campuses with Food Insecurity" featuring Assistant Professor in Residence, Laura Bunyan’s, work with Katharine Vartuli ’23 (CLAS) to provide food to those in need. The pop-up pantry began as a hands-on class project that came about at the suggestion of colleagues and after talking with organizers of a pantry at Norwalk Community College. Husky Harvest has since been made a permanent resource on campus with providers like Connecticut Foodshare  and the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County Inc.

 

"At UConn Stamford and the University’s three other regional campuses, the fight against food insecurity and its stigma has prompted the creation of Husky Harvest, an initiative started this fall with Connecticut Foodshare to help those Huskies most in need."

Sociology Major Featured in UConn Today

In their September 29, 2022 article, “Native American and Indigenous Community Takes Shape At UConn,” UConn Today features the work of Sociology major Samantha Gove. As the president of the Native American and Indigenous Students Association (NAISA), Gove is quoted as saying:

“As a Mashantucket Pequot high school student, I never saw myself going to UConn,” she admits. “Ten years from now, I hope to see UConn become a university that our local Indigenous youth would be excited to attend because of their Native and Indigenous institutional support and programming, not in spite of their lack of it.”

Read the full article to see how UConn faculty and students are working to build a UConn Native American Community.

Information Sessions for Sociology 4+1 MA Program

Find Your Road

Get a Master's Degree in Sociology Focused on Social Justice

Attention Sophomores and Juniors! Look at occupations that will be open to you after completing an MA in Sociology. The 4+1 program in Sociology is open to all UConn undergraduate majors and will enable you to complete both your BA and a Masters in Sociology in 5 years.

Job Opportunities

  • Non-profit organizations
  • Research and policy centers
  • Government (local, state, federal and government agencies)
  • Public school district research departments
  • Consulting (e.g., professional firms, consulting collaboratives, independent consulting)
  • Market research
  • Human Resources
  • Media Planner
  • Policy Analyst
  • Public Relations
  • Social Media Analyst/Marketing
  • Social Justice organizations (Advocates; Coordinators; Advocacy Groups)
  • Criminal Justice agencies

 
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October 12, 2022

1:00 - 2:00 PM

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November 7, 2022

4:30 - 5:30 PM

McHugh Hall Room 108

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Alumna Mangala Subramaniam Publishes Co-Edited Collection

Check out alumna Mangala Subramaniam's (2001) forthcoming book, Dismantling Institutional Whiteness, co-edited with M. Cristina Alcalde. It will publish on October 15, 2022 with Purdue University Press.

Dismantling Institutional Whiteness gathers a range of first-person narratives from women of color and examines the challenges they face not only at a systemic level, but also at a deeply personal level. Their experiences combined with research and statistics paint a sobering portrait of higher education’s problems when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Interspersed throughout their stories are practical suggestions for how to address inequity in higher education, and to give a voice to people who have been silenced and excluded. Whether a trustee, university executive, or faculty member at any level, this is essential reading for those interested in diversifying higher education leadership to ensure decisions reflect the priorities of all.

Book cover for "Dismantling Institutional Whiteness" co-edited by alumna Mangala Subramaniam.

Phoebe Godfrey: A Kitchen for the Community

Check out this video featuring Sociology Professor Phoebe Godfrey and her work with the Commercially Licensed Co-operative Kitchen, or CLiCK Willimantic. CLiCK is a place where anyone from the community can learn vital skills, from growing food to working in the food industry, and where incubating businesses can use the facilities to get their businesses off the ground with fewer start-up funds.

See the full post in UConn Today.

Alumnus Launches Election Candidate Search Engine

Alumnus Geno Herring has made it his mission to ensure all Americans, regardless of skin color, race, economic status or religion, can obtain free voter education. After 25 years in public administration, he has now launched Best Candidate, the world's first voter education tool box, and candidate search engine. This mobile application is developed to promote successful Candidate search, and provide a centralized location for voters to get information and updates straight from the candidates themselves.

Reflections from the Department Head

Manisha Desai

We find ourselves again this summer in the midst of the continually challenging pandemic and racist and hate inspired mass shootings. Additionally, we have rising inflation, even as wages for most workers have been stagnant for decades leading to a resurgence in unionizing around the country; the hearings of the “Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the US Capitol;” and with the overturning of Roe v Wade the curtailment of the already restricted reproductive rights for all genders, again with disproportionate impact on people of color. All reflections of the systemic inequalities and injustices built into our institutions, that call for sociological analysis and actions. Our faculty and students have all responded to this urgent call in myriad ways as our newsletter highlights.

 

This past academic year began hopefully with in person classes in the Fall after over a year of remote learning, that was tough for everyone. But, in the Spring we had to migrate to online learning and teaching for the first two weeks of the semester. We have all had to become more flexible and accommodating in responding to a pandemic that might be with us in varied forms for years to come and rise to the specific challenges that it has created.

 

For example, through her Sociology of Food course, Dr. Bunyan, Associate Professor in Residence at our Stamford campus, worked with students to address the growing concern of food insecurity among our students. From a pop-up food pantry a couple of days a week, Dr. Bunyan and her students have established a permanent space at the Stamford campus with support from the local community (read more here)! This project demonstrates the kind of experiential and service learning that happens in several classes on all our campuses. Also at Stamford, Dr. Semaan, Associate Professor in Residence, was instrumental in creating a double major in Sociology and Psychology. Along with the minor available at Hartford and Stamford this provides more students with a sociological lens necessary for social justice.

 

At Storrs, our colleagues once again responded to the ongoing systemic racism in our society. Professor Purkayastha taught in the large Anti-Racism course offered by the University which enrolled 1300 students. Professor Bernstein continued her work with the preventing gun violence project which led to her receiving the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Engaged Scholarship. Our Anti-racism committee continued to gather documents and best practices to address racism and conducted a workshop for faculty and staff at our annual retreat. Our new webpage related to the work of the committee is under construction and will be a resource for the whole campus.

 

Colleagues have also been active in engaging undergraduate students in research, a life transforming experience for many. Prof. Braunstein’s Democracy Lab, Prof. Wrights work with undergraduates on charting well-being on campus, and Professor Bernstein’s work with undergraduates around preventing gun violence have provided meaningful learning experiences and awards. Another evidence of the engaged undergraduate experience is the second edition of our student produced journal, The Mirror. 

 

Even with funding cuts our graduate students continue to excel. We graduated 5 Ph.D.s this year all of whom are gainfully employed. Congratulations and best wishes to them all and we hope you will keep in touch and let us know the paths you chart. Bryan Greene won a Fulbright Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for research in Poland. Congrats and good luck Bryan as you begin your travels. We will welcome a small but energetic new cohort. 

 

Faculty continued to be productive scholars and dedicated teachers and elected to offices in professional organizations. Congratulations to Associate Professor in Residence Phoebe Godfrey for her promotion to Full Professor in Residence and her dedication to innovative and engaged teaching. Congratulations are also due to Professor Bernstein for her appointment as Associate Dean in the Graduate School, to Professor Munsch for her Fellowship at the Centre for Advanced Studies at Stanford University, and to Professor Hughey who will finally be able to travel for his Fulbright Fellowship.

 

Many colleagues stepped up to take on interim leadership positions in addition to their usual service to the department. My deep gratitude and appreciation to: Professor Purkaysatha for serving as Interim Head while I was on sabbatical in the Fall; Associate Professor Liz Holzer for serving as Interim DGS for the Spring semester; Professor Wright who will step down as DUS after extending his term by a year; and Professor Braunstein who will serve as DUS effective Fall 2022. We are all beneficiaries of their dedication to the department. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Associate Professor Ralph McNeal for his service to the UPC in which he went above and beyond the work of a committee member to shepherd the renumbering of nearly 30 courses through the CLAS Courses and Curriculum Committee.

 

I wish you all a restful summer even as we will need to redouble our efforts against the decline of democracy and rights that we’re currently witnessing all around the world.