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.”
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’.
Please see the listing below for Sociology seminars being offered in Spring 2023. Contact the instructor to request a permission number.
Sociology Graduate Courses Spring 2023
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!
Congratulations to Yoanetsi Torres and Dina Alnabulsi, winners of the Sociology Undergraduate Research Grant! They will receive funding to support their research in conjunction with their faculty mentors (Ryan Talbert and Bhoomi Thakore) in the Spring 2023 semester.
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.
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.