The mission of The Mirror is to provide undergraduate students a platform to showcase their work and educate the community on sociological issues. We strive to expose students to the process of publication and assist them in reaching their full potential, while also pushing them to engage with critical thinking, creativity, intersectionality, and their sociological imagination. The Mirror aims to create a space where undergraduate students can have their voices heard and to learn from one another.
Ghammam Mansoor is a fourth year sociology major at the University of Connecticut from New Haven, Connecticut. Ghammam declared his major in sociology because of his interest in understanding interactional and structural mechanisms in societies. He hopes to use this understanding to effectively help his own, and other communities. In his free time, Ghammam enjoys spending time with his friends, watching movies/shows, making music, and finding places to eat. His favorite spot on campus is the rose garden near the great lawn, or any other place with a scenic view.
Jasmine Tran is a third year Sociology major and Entrepreneurship minor from Newington, Connecticut at the University of Connecticut. Jasmine changed her major twice before falling in love with sociology because of her passion for social justice and understanding our place in the world and society. She hopes to carry her education with her into the business world in People Operations teams to create equity and equality for organizations after she graduates. In her free time, Jasmine loves traveling, watching shows/movies, cooking, and finding new places to eat. Her favorite spot on campus is the McHugh (“Laurel”) building, although she will go wherever her friends and a whiteboard are.
Jaydel Hernandez is a current sophomore at the University of Connecticut pursuing a double major in Psychology and Human Development and Family Sciences. After taking “Social Well-Being” in Fall 2019, Jaydel fell in love with Sociology and the existing intersections between Psychology and HDFS. More specifically Jaydel is interested in continuing to study the sociocultural aspects of child development and family dynamics. Jaydel one day hopes to work with children in lower-income areas giving increased attention to the external factors that may affect behavior. In her free time, Jaydel loves to spend time with her loved ones, listening to music/podcasts, or finding cool Airbnb’s. If you are looking for Jaydel you will most likely find her in these 3 places: Bookworms Cafe facetiming her mom/brother, Floor 3 of Homer Babbidge Library, or the Rec Center.
Liliana Lorenzo Concepcion is a sophomore from Norwich, Connecticut majoring in Sociology at the University of Connecticut. Liliana was unsure of her major when applying to colleges. That all changed when she took an intro to Sociology course prior to commencing her freshman year. That is when she fell in love with utilizing her sociological imagination when examining the societal structures that surrounded her. All of the concepts in Sociology are amusing to her, she especially enjoys learning about inequities in educational attainment in correlation with one’s socioeconomic status. In her freetime Liliana spends her time playing tennis, reading, watching movies with her family and trying out new restaurants with her friends. Her favorite spot on campus is Bookworms cafe in Homer Babbidge Library. However, any quiet spot at the university with a view of the beautiful campus is where you will find her.
Meaghan Connors is a fourth year student at the University of Connecticut, graduating with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Sociology this spring. She is interested in researching ways to make education more accessible and equitable to all who want it. After graduation, Meaghan plans to pursue a Master’s degree in education and to become a teacher. In her free time, she loves baking goods for her friends and family. On campus, you can find her drinking too much coffee in the Bookworms Cafe.
Cameron Klemme is a third-year student at the University of Connecticut from Northern California. She is studying both psychology and a self-designed major that examines systemic issues within the United States, particularly the inequity present in America’s criminal and legal systems. These academic interests are a valuable pair to her because sociology provides an overarching conceptual understanding of social systems, while psychology allows for a more individualistic approach in understanding how people fit into and function within specific social institutions. Outside of school Cameron loves to hike, read, and spend time with her loved ones. Her favorite spot on campus is anywhere that her co-editors are.
Niko Xenophontos is a second year Sociology major and Mathematic major at the University of Connecticut from Andover, Connecticut. Niko is only a recently declared Sociology major, having followed the Mathematics track most of his life and discovering Sociology on a whim, finding himself in love with the deeper understanding it gives of the social web that affects us all. He is particularly interested in the interaction of social groups on the internet and real world outcomes, as well as social justice with an emphasis on environmental action. He aspires to continue his Sociological education in graduate school and work towards becoming a researcher and professor. When not busy with work, Niko spends his time playing video games, baking bread, or hanging out with friends or loved ones. His favorite spot on campus are the closets in the basement of Shippee Residence Hall.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Phoebe Godfrey is an Associate Professor-in-Residence in Sociology at UCONN. She teaches courses on Society and Climate Change, Sustainable Societies, Sociology of Food, Sociology of Education and many others but in all, her focus is on engaging students in order to help them explore their potentials. She considers her teaching and her non-profit work as central to her commitment to social and ecological justice. She is the co-editor of a two-volume reader – Systemic Crises of Global Climate Change: Intersections of Race, Class and Gender and Emergent Possibilities for Global Sustainability: Intersections of Race, Class and Gender, Routledge 2016. More recently, she is also the co-editor of Global [Im]-Possibilities: Exploring the Paradoxes of Just Sustainabilities, (2021) Bloomsbury Press and author of Understanding Just Sustainabilities: A Case Study of a Share-Use Kitchen in Connecticut (2021), Routledge.