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David Embrick: Kathleen S. Lowney Mentoring Award

Please join us in congratulating David Embrick, winner of the 2022 Kathleen S. Lowney Mentoring Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems!

Established in 2016, the Kathleen S. Lowney Mentoring Award is awarded annually to an outstanding faculty member or community activist. The award was established to recognize the value of quality mentoring relationships between mentor and mentee and/or mentoring programs especially those for undergraduate or graduate students and/or for social activists, particularly for younger scholars and activists. 

 

Ruth Braunstein: UConn Today

Check out UConn Today's recent article highlighting the work of Associate Professor of Sociology Ruth Braunstein and her Meanings of Democracy Lab. Please also join us in congratulation Graduate Student Rianka Roy and Undergraduate Student Nicholas Xenophontos, who each received one of the five $100 prizes in the Democracy Lab's "Meanings of 'America' Project." 

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“The public is always thinking about it whether they know it or not,” she says. “Our assumptions about what it means to be American are embedded in so many of our conversations about public policy. Who deserves access to public institutions and resources, whether we should allow certain religious groups to display their religious symbols in public, do you need to be a taxpayer to be a good American? There are so many ways this plays out in the background of our policy debates.”

Mary Bernstein: “Are the Courts the Way to Queer Rights?”

Check out Professor Mary Bernstein's recent article in the Boston Review, "Are the Courts the Way to Queer Rights?".

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Today, as LGBTQ and other legal protections hang in the balance, we ought to move beyond the narrow question of the generic benefit or harm of legal strategies. We need a broader focus, in particular, on the interplay among law, social movements, and institutions. Rather than view the law in isolation from the rest of society, we must recognize that law has a complex relationship with other social and cultural institutions and that legal strategies do not represent the totality of social movement activism.

Rianka Roy: Immigrant workers’ movements in the U.S.

Congratulations to Graduate Student Rianka Roy on her upcoming publication in the Sociology Compass, “Immigrant workers’ movements in the U.S.: Where are high-skilled ‘nonimmigrants?” The Sociology Compass is an international journal publishing peer-reviewed research articles and surveys of current research from across the entire discipline, with the aim of providing topical and significant research on a monthly basis. 

Laura Bunyan: Pop-Up Food Pantry at UConn Stamford

Check out UConn Today’s recent article “Pop-Up Food Pantry at UConn Stamford Aims to Curb 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  is a hands-on project that came about at the suggestion of colleagues and after talking with organizers of a pantry at Norwalk Community College.

UConn Junior Named a Truman Scholar

Congratulations to Irene Soteriou ’23 (CLAS) who has been recently named a Truman Scholar with the help of mentoring from Professor of Sociology, Bradley Wright. Check out the article here. 

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“Working with Dr. Wright was illuminating in that it opened my eyes to the possibility of leading a life of intentionality and purpose without compromising on sustainability,” says Soteriou. “His mentorship motivated me to consider ways in which I could more creatively utilize resources uniquely accessible to me at UConn so as to leave a tangible impact in spaces that hold great meaning to my community, and he showed me that it was feasible to carve out a path towards a long-lasting career that I find deeply fulfilling.”