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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.”

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.

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.

Women’s & Gender Studies Special Issue

Check out Wagadu: A Journal of Transnational Women & Gender Studies‘ recent publication titled “Special Issue: Racialization. Spectacle. Liberation v.22.” Edited by graduate student Chriss Sneed, this special issue also includes a book review titled “Review of Melancholia Africana by Nathalie Etoke, Lanham” by graduate student Kristen Kirksey

 

Mary Bernstein: “Standing Against Despair”

Check out the recent UConn Today article titled “Standing Against Despair,” featuring Professor of Sociology Mary Bernstein and her work with other University Professors to research and gather the data needed to approach gun violence differently, and to craft real solutions to the problem.

**Excerpt from article**

“My role in the project has been to help facilitate these listening sessions with the most impacted communities within New Haven, which are predominantly poor Black and Brown communities, communities that have been impoverished, disinvested in, historically segregated, and discriminated against,” says Bernstein, who is also affiliated with the Sustainable Global Cities Initiative at UConn Hartford. “We’ve been doing these listening sessions to learn from people in the community about how they see their experiences with gun violence, what they think can be done to prevent gun violence, and the impact of the gun violence that they have experienced.”

 

Alumna Angie Beeman: “Liberal White Supremacy”

Congratulations to Sociology alumna Angie Beeman on her recent publication titled Liberal White Supremacy: How Progressives Silence Racial and Class Oppression. Beeman argues that white supremacy is maintained not only by right-wing conservatives or stereotypically uneducated working-class racial bigots but also by progressives who operate from a liberal ideology of color-blindness, racism-evasiveness, and class elitism. Check out more here.