Phoebe Godfrey: A Kitchen for the Community

September 21, 2022

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.

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.

Alumnus Launches Election Candidate Search Engine

July 22, 2022

Alumnus Geno Herring has made it his mission to ensure all Americans, regardless of skin color, race, economic status or religion, can obtain free voter education. After 25 years in public administration, he has now launched Best Candidate, the world's first voter education tool box, and candidate search engine. This mobile application is developed to promote successful Candidate search, and provide a centralized location for voters to get information and updates straight from the candidates themselves.

Matthew Hughey: “What Everyday White Americans and the Buffalo Shooter Have in Common”

July 5, 2022

Check out Professor Matthew Hughey’s recent article in Slate, “What Everyday White Americans and the Buffalo Shooter Have in Common.”

**Excerpt from Article**

In the rush to make sense of the shooting in Buffalo, many have categorized the violence as the reflection of hatred, bigotry, mental illness, and growing extremism. It may be tempting, or even comforting, to view the manifestoes shooters like Grendon leave behind as merely the bile of the big bad bigots. But that conclusion is a pleasant fiction. As it turns out, many white Americans across very different ideological and political orientations believe in and employ similar racist ideologies. In reality, white supremacist terrorism is a natural outgrowth of mundane and banal white socialization. So long as white people hold one another implicitly accountable to unattainable ideals of superiority and excellence while targeting people of color, and Black people in particular, as the objects of their un-manifest destiny, the violence will not end. White Americans cannot exorcize these demons without also examining their souls.

Mary Bernstein: 2022 Provost’s Award

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Congratulations to Professor of Sociology Mary Bernstein, who has been awarded the 2022 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Community Engaged Scholarship in the Distinguished Scholar Research Award category. Bernstein has shown a commitment to engaged scholarship through her intersectional research on sexual orientation, gender, and race, her teaching, and her service to the UConn community, and, most importantly, through her current work aimed at developing evidence-based solutions to gun violence. Her research focuses on the disproportionately higher rates of gun violence in Black and Brown communities, positing that racial justice cannot be achieved until the high rates of gun violence are reduced, especially in urban areas. She has partnered with organizations and communities in Connecticut to help evaluate and develop gun violence prevention and reduction measures, including working on a blueprint for a new Office of Gun Violence Prevention in New Haven and evaluating a statewide gun buyback effort. She also frequently includes students in her work, with many of them going on to become research partners and later to secure academic positions or careers in social justice fields. Her work and mentorship have radiated outward, affecting communities locally and more broadly through her efforts, as well as through the development of students as researchers and practitioners.