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.”

C.A.L.M. Workshop: Leadership in Nonviolent Activism

The C.A.L.M workshop was organized by five students who are all doing an Independent Study course focused on Environmental Justice Leadership (EJL).  This course requires students meet once a week with Dr. Phoebe Godfrey to discuss, plan and develop EJL practices for themselves and to share with others. Students have focused on Mental Health, Mindfulness, Non-Violent Activism, Environmental Justice and how to address these issues in a workshop format.  As part of this work, they have learned from a veteran non-violent activism trainer and from there they developed, organized, promoted and offered the C.A.L.M workshop.  Fifteen students attended on November 2nd and the five EJL students co-led the workshop, along with additional input from the non-violent activism trainer, Joanne Sheehan.  In the near future the five EJL students will offer another workshop in a Social Theory class inviting those 40 students to link social theories with ‘social practice’.  

 

CONCLUDED EVENT: C.A.L.M. workshop - leadership in nonviolent activism with accomplished activist Joanne Sheehan. November 2nd, 2022.

Fierberg Scholar Dreams of Being an Advocate for the Voiceless

Check out this article in UConn Today on Faridah Kisekka-Sessanga, a Master’ student in the UConn School of Social Work and one of two recipients of the 2022 Janet M. Fierberg Scholarship. This scholarship was endowed by I. Martin Fierberg and Janet M. Fierberg, an alumna of UConn who studied Sociology and had careers in Social Work. The Fierberg Scholarship has helped Faridah Kisekka-Sessanga cover the cost of books as well as childcare for her four children, ages 5, 9, 14, and 15.

Please join us in congratulating Faridah Kisekka-Sessanga on her incredible accomplishment!

Ruth Braunstein: Religion News Service

Please check out this article from Religion News Service titled “In Branson, God and country serve as red, white, and blue comfort food,” featuring Associate Professor of Sociology Ruth Braunstein. In this article, Braunstein addresses the pushback on criticism of Christian nationalism from conservative Christians.

*Excerpt from article*

“There really is a much more sort of common and almost moderate seeming way of thinking about the United States that talks more broadly about something like Judeo-Christian values or the idea that, you know, why can’t we all just be, you know, good Americans and proud of the country and the flag,” Braunstein said.

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

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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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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.