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Sociology Minor or Double Major Now Offered at Stamford and Hartford

We are excited to announce that, beginning in the 2022-23 academic year, Hartford and Stamford campus students will be able to complete a minor in sociology or a double major in sociology and psychology.

 

UConn's sociology major and minor are indispensable for professional success across a wide range of careers in social services, digital media and design, public relations, education and teaching, human resource management, health care, government, law, public policy, community work, the non-profit sector, publishing, journalism, city and regional planning, and more.

 

We look forward to growing the sociology program through new course offerings and greater student awareness of opportunities to complete their degrees on the regional campuses.

 

Students on the Hartford campus who are interested in the major or minor should contact kim.price-glynn@uconn.edu

 

Students on the Stamford campus who are interested in the major or minor should contact ingrid.semaan@uconn.edu

Rhys Hall: 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Living Legacy Convocation

Tune in to the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and Alumni Relations' 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Living Legacy Convocation on January 20th to see graduate student Rhys Hall participate in the Ted Talk style format. The speakers represent faculty, staff, students, and alumni from across all UConn locations.

Speakers:

  • Michael Bradford – Vice Provost for Faculty, Staff, and Student Development
  • Amayia Cordova – Undergraduate Student in Mathematics & Healthcare Analysis
  • Wiley Dawson – Assistant Director, Center for Career Development, Hartford
  • Dr. Sandy Grande – Professor of Political Science and Native American & Indigenous Studies
  • Dr. Oscar Guerra – Assistant Professor of Film & Video, Stamford
  • Rhys Hall '18 (CLAS)– Graduate Student in Sociology
  • Khamani Harrison '17 (ENGR) – owner of The Key Bookstore, Hartford
  • Dr. Khalilah Hunter-Anderson '08 (MED) - Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
  • Tony Omega '10 (CLAS) – Academic Advisor, Waterbury

Join link:
https://uconnvtc.webex.com/uconnvtc/j.php?MTID=mf5784a2283757cbf1faaeb954a2638f7

Webinar number: 2623 471 5399

Webinar password: TxiNDuAF775 (89463823 from phones)

Join by phone: +1-415-655-0002 US Toll

Access code: 262 347 15399

UConn Students Selected for Millennium Fellowship Program

Check out UConn Today’s recent article titled “UConn Students Selected for Millennium Fellowship Program” where Caitlin Dadonna ’22 (Sociology) is recognized as one of the directors for the Millennium Fellowship Program. Only 6% of universities were selected by United Nations Academic Impact and the Millennium Campus Network. Congratulations Caitlin!

***Excerpt from article***

“The Millennium Fellowship leverages the energy and creativity of young leaders around the world in hopes of advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals,” says UConn Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Carl Lejuez. “UConn’s 13 Millennium Fellows, who join students representing 136 campuses in 30 different countries, are working actively advance these goals, and I’m pleased to see their hard work recognized through their selection to be a part of this global network of young leaders.”

Kristen Kirksey: A Social History of Racial Disparities in Breastfeeding in the United States

Check out graduate student Kristen Kirksey's article, "A Social History of Racial Disparities in Breastfeeding in the United States," which discusses differences in breastfeeding rates in White women and Black women as well as racial disparities and the impact of public policy and social movements.

Excerpt from abstract:

"I found that the persistent racial disparities were actually comprised of three distinct types of changing racial disparities: (1) increases in racial disparities that derive from improvements for Whites not captured by Blacks (1973–1982); (2) decreases in racial disparities that stem from improvements for Whites captured even more strongly by Blacks (1995–2006); and, (3) leveling off of racial disparities (2006–2015). Placing results of this quantitative analysis within the context of public policy and social movement history, I identify three distinct mechanisms that drive the different trends in racial disparities in breastfeeding. This paper contributes to the literature on motherhood, race, and health a more nuanced understanding of the social historical mechanisms that pattern breastfeeding, and more broadly, racial disparities in health."

 

Theresa Hopkins-Staten (Class of 1981): VP for Corporate Citizenship and Equity at Eversource Energy

Check out a recent video published on Hartford Business titled “Theresa Hopkins-Staten, VP for Corporate Citizenship and Equity at Eversource Energy” where alumna Theresa Hopkins (SOCI 1981) discusses the various activities she has done in and around Greater Hartford.

 

Phoebe Godfrey: UConn Authors Exploring Just Sustainabilities

Check out a recent article on UConn Today, titled “UConn Authors Exploring Just Sustainabilities,” where they interview Associate Professor in Residence of Sociology, Phoebe Godfrey, about a recent book of case studies she edited called Global Im-Possibilities which explores the concept of “just sustainabilities,” including policies, practices, and challenges, faced by individuals and governments working toward a more sustainable future.

***Excerpt from article***

Just sustainabilities” is a concept originated by Julian Agyeman from Tufts University, which he defines as “the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems.” Essentially, this framework aims to achieve environmental sustainabilities in connection with expressions of social justice, rather than focusing primarily on one or the other. The emphasis on the plurality of possibilities is key in that it allows for place-based specific solutions that emerge out of the culture and needs of a given community.

Join Us for a Talk by Annette Lareau | October 15, 2021

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Date: Friday, October 15, 2021

Time: 12:30 PM

Venue: Homer Babbidge Library, Class of 147 Conference Room

Join us for a talk by Professor Annette Lareau, the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and a Past-President of the American Sociological Association. She is the author of the widely-acclaimed and award-winning books, Home Advantage and Unequal Childhoods, among many other articles and edited volumes.

 

She will be talking about her most recent book, Listening to People: A Practical Guide to Interviewing, Participant Observation, Data Analysis, and Writing It All Up.

Thomas Volscho: Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting

Congrats to Sociology alum Thomas Volscho for winning the Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting for his work on the ABC Radio News podcast Truth and Lies: Jeffrey Epstein. This award recognizes individuals who demonstrate the excellence of Edward R. Murrow in the broadcasting news profession.

***Excerpt from article***

“I worked on investigating Jeffrey Epstein’s finances and how he accumulated his fortune,” Volscho explained. “We found that Epstein began accumulating his real estate, airplanes, island, and other things shortly after selling stock on behalf of his billionaire client Leslie Wexner. I also reported on Epstein’s time as a teacher at the Dalton School and how he was dismissed, contrary to what he told people.”