Happy new year and new term! We wish you well in these continuing unprecedented times in our nation and globally.
This Soc Snippets includes three brief announcements.
Sociology Club – Join in!
Your Sociology Peer Leader team is starting a Sociology Club that begins this week. Come to a general info meeting on Wednesday from 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM. We will be doing introductions and brainstorming what we would like to get out of this club.
Email email@example.com to request the Zoom link.
Sponsored by the American Sociological Association, this webinar is open to all members of affiliate departments, and is specially aimed at undergraduate sociology majors and minors.
Thursday, January 28, 2021 12:00pm-1:00pm Pacific Time
After the Degree: Career Options for Sociology Majors
Students majoring in sociology have skills that make them ideal candidates for various jobs and career paths. But knowing where to look for jobs and how to prepare yourself for different career paths is not always straightforward. In this webinar, we will talk with several professionals who majored in sociology about their job search experience and career trajectories. Whether you are graduating in the spring of 2021 or later, this webinar is an excellent opportunity to learn about the options available to sociology majors.
Register for the free webinar HERE.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Studies and Culture at Washington State University reinstated the Ph.D. Program and are encouraging students to apply. They accept a handful of students every year and everyone who is accepted into our program receives an assistantship with a nine-month stipend, tuition waiver, and full medical insurance for 4 years. Link to the overview page of the program: https://slcr.wsu.edu/american-studies-overview/
You’re wrapping up the term! We applaud you for powering through one of the more unusual terms of your schooling. Wherever this week’s Soc Snippets finds you, we wish you well, good luck on finals, and health and happiness over the holidays and New Year.
This Soc Snippets includes:
Sociology Club Interest Form
Sociology Club Interest Form
Your Peer Leaders and I (Director of Undergraduate Studies) are looking for student interest in starting a new Sociology club on campus! We are currently in the process of starting one but need your help to fully establish it. Please take some time and fill out the form if you are at all interested in being a part of the planning process or joining the club.
Here is the link to the survey!
- Join the center for Environmental Futures on Tuesday, December 8th
(10am-11:30am) for an “Interdisciplinarity 101” talk featuring Kelsey Juliana and Tia Hatton from the Juliana v. United States case.
From Our Children’s Trust: “In 2015, 21 youth, and organizational plaintiff Earth Guardians, filed their constitutional climate lawsuit, Juliana v. United States, against the U.S. government. Their complaint asserts that, through the government’s affirmative actions that cause climate change, it has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, as well as failed to protect essential public trust resources.”
Kelsey and Tia will discuss the case with updates on where it currently stands and plans for the future.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 982 9653 8662
More information on the lawsuit can be found here:
More information on the event can be found here:
- RobinMorris Collin, the Norma Paulus Professor of Law at Willamette University College of Law, will share her passion for creating solutions to remedy environmental injustice. She will deliver the 2020-21 Colin Ruagh O’Fallon Memorial lecture “The Geography of Injustice and the Ecology of Reparations” on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 5 p.m.via Zoom.
Collin’s talk is free and open to the public. Registration is required to participate in the live Zoom event. Register at: ohc.uoregon.edu. The talk will be recorded and available for viewing on the OHC’s YouTube channel. For more information contact email@example.com
1. The Walter and Nancy Kidd Creative Writing Workshops
Do you love to write and be creative? Are you a storyteller or poet? The Walter and Nancy Kidd Creative Writing Workshops are accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year starting January 4th. The Kidd Workshops are a special yearlong sequence of courses that allows you to study your passion for creative writing and grow as an artist. Scholarships are also available: This year the Kidd Program gave $52,000 to undergrad creative writers.
Program highlights include:
- Generous Scholarships Available (up to $3,000 each)
- Workshop Original Poetry or Fiction
- Small Classes with a Creative Community
- Lectures by Visiting Writers and Faculty
- Fulfills Half of the Requirements for the Minor
- Mon/Wed, 2:00pm–3:50pm, Each Term
Submitting Your Application: For the fiction track, submit up to ten pages of fiction or creative nonfiction. For the poetry track, submit up to four pages of poems. Students may apply to both tracks. Applications should also include an unofficial copy of your transcript and a short personal statement.
To Apply, click here: https://crwr.uoregon.edu/kidd-workshops/applying-to-the-workshops/
Accepting Applications Starting Monday January 4th
Application Deadline: Monday March 1nd, 2021
For More Information: https://crwr.uoregon.edu/kidd-workshops/
2. The Department of Sociology at Stony Brook is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. Applications are due January 15, 2021 through our online application system. (The application checklist provides a handy reference of documents that are required to apply. But, please note that the Sociology Department is not requiring GRE scores for this application cycle.) Our website provides more information about the program, our faculty research interests, and degree requirements. In addition, prospective students should feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Our faculty expertise is concentrated in Global Sociology, Computational Social Science, the Environment, Health, International Development, Social Inequality, Politics, and Culture. We value a diversity of backgrounds, methodological orientations, and theoretical perspectives and look forward to welcoming a new cohort of students in the fall of 2021 to further add to our vibrant community.
A recording of OSPIRG’s Health Policy Webinar event folks who couldn’t attend is available HERE.
As we start winding up for finals and heading back home for holidays there are still many events for you to stay connected to UO from anywhere. Remember to sanitize often, get free testing before you travel, and reach out to those who may need a “hello” this holiday season.
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This week’s Sociology Snippets contains the following sections:
American Sociological Association Honors Program
Lectures/Events Support & Wellness
American Sociological Association Honors Program
The ASA Honors Program provides undergraduate sociology students a rich introduction to the professional life of the discipline. Once admitted, these exceptional students come together for four days and experience all facets of the ASA Annual Meeting.
By participating, Honors Program students develop long-lasting networks with other sociologists while their sponsoring departments get to “showcase” their most outstanding majors.
At the Virtual 2021 ASA Annual Meeting, Honors Program students will:
- Present in an Honors Program roundtable paper session and participate in Honors Program workshops on careers and graduate school;
- Take part in regular sessions and special events; and
- Learn more about the ASA’s programs, initiatives, resources, special interest sections, elected leadership, and governance arms
Participation in the Honors Program requires nomination by a sociology faculty member at your college or university. Your completed application, including the faculty nomination letter, should be submitted online by February 18, 2021.
2021 APPLICATION: The application link is available here.
The Honors Program is proud of its partnership with Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), the International Sociology Honor Society. The three winners of the AKD Undergraduate Student Paper Competition are automatically eligible to be part of the Honors Program.
For more information on the AKD Undergraduate Student Paper Competition and other opportunities offered by AKD, visit www.alphakappadelta.org.
Lectures/Events Civil Society’s Debt to Higher Education
Wednesday, November 18 at 12:00pm to 1:15pm
Ruth Simmons has held administrative and professorship positions at the University of Southern California, Princeton University, Spelman College provost, and President of Smith College and President of Brown University. She is the first African American to be named President of an Ivy League university where she established the University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice to explore the university’s historical connection with the slave-trading industry. Simmons has been a particularly prominent advocate of equal opportunity education for students of color. She is currently the president of Praire View A&M University in Praire View, Texas.
Creating a Meaningful Career Experience
Thursday, November 19 at 11:00am to 12:00pm
Join Qualtrics Chief Experience Officer Julie Larson-Green to learn how to create a meaningful career experience as an intern or new employee. Larson-Green is a former Microsoft executive, an overall expert in company culture, and a phenomenal leader dedicated to building technology that gets out of the way so consumers can focus on what matters most.
This webinar will discuss the following:
- Company culture: what is it and how do I find the best fit for me?
- Things to look for in a manager as you are looking for an internship or job
- How YOU can contribute to company culture as an intern or new employee
Leaders for Change Mixer
Thursday, November 19 at 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Have you ever thought about Peace Corps? Or City Year or Teach For America? The Leaders for Change Mixer is a space created to answer all your questions about how to get engaged in a service year (or two!) after graduation. These opportunities can be a fantastic way to ease your way into a career path, earn funding for further education or student loans, or serve and learn about a community that needs dedicated individuals like you. This virtual event will have representatives from each of the above-mentioned programs and there will be time to connect based on individual program. Please register here and you will receive a Zoom link in your email at least one hour prior to the event.
Thanks But No Thanksgiving: Decolonizing an American Holiday
Thursday, November 19 at 2:00pm to 2:50pm
Millions of families gather together every year to celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States. Many Americans do not grow up thinking much of the history behind the holiday. The main messages are that of gratitude, food, and family; however, Thanksgiving is, foundationally speaking, a celebration of the ongoing genocide against native peoples and cultures across the globe. This workshop will focus on ways in which we can continue to show gratitude while raising our critical consciousness and identifying ways to decolonize the holiday. This workshop is free and open to UO students, faculty, and staff.
Climate Justice Lecture: “Climate Change in the American Mind”
Thursday, November 19 at 5:00pm
What are the psychological, cultural, and political reasons why some people passionately engage with issues surrounding climate change, while others are apathetic, and some are downright dismissive and hostile?
Anthony Leiserowitz, the founder and Director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC) and a Senior Research Scientist at the Yale School of the Environment, will explore this question as he delivers the 2020-21 Kritikos lecture “Climate Change in the American Mind” on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 5 p.m. via Zoom. His talk will be the first in the OHC’s 2020-21 Climate Justice series.
Climate change is one of the most daunting challenges of our time. Americans have diverse and sometimes opposing views about global warming, fundamentally shaping the political climate of climate change. Leiserowitz will explain recent trends in Americans’ climate change knowledge, attitudes, policy support, and behavior and discuss strategies to build public and political will for climate action.
Leiserowitz’s lecture is free and open to the public. Registration is required to participate in the live Zoom event. Register at: ohc.uoregon.edu. The talk will be recorded and available for viewing on the OHC’s YouTube channel. For more information contact email@example.com.
So You Voted…Now What?: A Workshop on Further Civic Engagement
Friday, November 20 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm
So, you voted if you were able, and now…what next?
How can you be engaged civically year round, not just during a divisive presidential election?
Join us for a virtual workshop where you will leave empowered to take action right now. We must be engaged as active citizens year round and it’s never too late to start.
Resumes and Cover Letters Webinar
Friday, November 20 at 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Thinking about applying for research jobs and opportunities? Join ASURE (Affiliated Students for Undergraduate Research or Engagement) on Friday November 20th at 3:30 pm for a virtual workshop about how to write great resumes and cover letters!
Attend this workshop via Zoom Friday November 20th at 3:30 pm using this link: https://uoregon.zoom.us/j/93353146612?pwd=d3ViUDhVemQ2VFFMMEovclJXOTF6QT09
Meeting ID: 933 5314 6612
Creative Spaces: CHC Inspiration – Projects and Art by the Community
Monday, November 23 at 8:00am
The Creative Spaces project seeks to showcase the creativity of the CHC and the community. Art, projects, research and other pursuits are given a space in the form of a digital gallery.
Different themes will be showcased throughout fall term.
Creative Spaces: CHC Inspiration – Projects and Art by the Community will be highlighted November 23 through December 11, 2020.
Resilience in the Brain and Beyond
Monday, November 23 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm
We are Synapse National at the University of Oregon! We are a student-run advocacy and awareness group created to serve the Eugene/Springfield area’s growing community of brain injury survivors. Join us for our webinar: Resilience in the Brain and Beyond!
Our guest speakers Dr. Linville and Aaron Rothbart are from our very own HEDCO clinic, David Kracke is the Oregon Brain Injury Advocate Coordinator at CBIRT, as well as Ben Luskin who is a local community collaborator, who will be speaking from his own experience on behalf of the brain injury community. They will all be bringing their unique expertise from practice, research, education, and lived experience to discuss resilience; both in the brain and while managing a chronic medical condition like brain injury. Please come if interested, or forward to anyone who might benefit! Our goal is to build brain injury awareness and strengthen community resources, so ALL are welcome!
If you are interested, but unable to attend, we encourage you to register anyway. We will be sending out a recording to all registered attendees after the webinar event.
Synapse is also hiring! If you are interested in gaining experience with service, outreach, and advocacy, please fill out our member application below:
If you are a brain injury survivor and interested in joining our bi-weekly peer support group, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our mailing list.
Synapse National at the University of Oregon
African and African American Relations, c. 1960 to Recent Times: Transformations in Global Blackness
Tuesday, December 1 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Emmanuel Akyeampong is the Faculty Director of the Harvard University Center for African Studies and Professor of History and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. He was appointed Loeb Harvard College Professor in July 2005. Akyeampong is a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (FGA), and a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (UK). He serves as the president of the African Public Broadcasting Foundation (US), a co-founder and director of the International Institute for the Advanced Study of Cultures, Institutions and Economic Enterprise (IIAS:) based in Accra, Ghana. He is the author of several books and articles including Drink, Power, and Cultural Change: A Social History of Alcohol in Ghana, c.1800 to Recent Times .
An Invitation from Oregon Student Association
OSA is a statewide, student-led advocacy and organizing nonprofit. OSA was established in 1975 to represent, serve, and protect the collective interests of students in post-secondary education in Oregon. This is why we are actively recruiting UO students to join our Campaign Groups for this next legislative session– these campaign groups vary depending on our priority issues: from Textbook Affordability, to Food and Housing Insecurity, to DACA Student Support, and much more! Students will be able to participate in writing legislative testimonies, lobbying, building a campaign strategy, recruitment, and grassroots organizing! Here is the link for students to register and participate in one (or more) of the campaign groups: https://forms.gle/uPKEcKTEdDNpcqMP8. To read more about OSA, visit our website: https://orstudents.org/
Support & Wellness Hui Pacifica Discussion Space
Thursday, November 19 at 2:00pm to 3:00pm
A supportive space for Asian, Desi, Pacific Islander students to connect, discuss and build community. Students may attend as many of the meetings as they find helpful. Though a therapist will be present, please note that these services are not considered to be counseling, therapy, or treatment. They may, however, still be beneficial to the emotional well-being of participants.
Let’s TeleTalk: LGBTQIA+ Support
Monday, November 16 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Talk with a LGBTQIA+ Therapist
Chris Michaels will be available on Mondays from 1-3PM, and he is a psychologist who focuses on the needs of LGBTQIA+ students, including a specialty in gender support services for trans and gender expansive students.
Click here for Waiting Room
Holidays On A Budget (with UO Craft Center)
Monday, November 23 at 4:00pm
Can you believe it?! The holiday season is upon us, but that doesn’t mean you need to break the bank. This interactive workshop will help students to identify ways to participate in thoughtful, but thrifty, gifting this holiday season. You will even have the opportunity to learn how to make your own gift for someone special. This workshop will be presented collaboratively with the UO Craft Center. Registered participants will receive a craft kit that will help them on their way to creating their first gift! Space is limited and registration is first-come-first served.
Self-Care During COVID
Wednesday, November 18 at 1:00pm to 1:30pm
This workshop is designed to help students who are interested in learning creative ways to start, improve, or adjust their self-care practices during COVID-19. With the impact of COVID-19 and the loss of resources many of us have previously relied on for self-care, it is more important than ever to consider ways in which we can maintain and improve our mental, emotional, and physical wellness through engaging in on-going self-care practices.
This workshop will consist of a one-hour introductory workshop that will be recorded and available on our website, followed by a series of 30-minute weekly virtual workshops that will focus on learning and practicing specific self-care skills.
Week 8, November 18
Cultivating Gratitude and Positive Thinking
Week 9, November 25
Boundaries, Assertiveness, and Interpersonal Effectiveness
Week 10, December 2
Taking Care of Yourself During Finals
We’re more than halfway through a unique term filled with remote and online learning, a global pandemic, and a presidential election. Hopefully you are staying safe as you balance all of your circumstances and endeavors.
This week’s Sociology Snippets contains the following sections:
TYKESON FLIGHT PATH EVENT
STOP THE SPREAD CONTEST
Oregon Undergraduate Research Journal – Call for Submissions
SOCIOLOGY & SOCIOLOGISTS IN THE NEWS
SOCIOLOGY EVENTS: First Generation Sociology Students: “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) with Prof. Michael Aguilera and Undergraduate Coordinator Mike Peixoto. Thursday Nov. 5th from 1:00 PM to 2:00 via Zoom.
I’m writing to invite any students out there who are first generation college students to an informal zoom event with me and Prof. Michael Aguilera. The meeting is this Thursday from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Both Prof. Aguilera and I were first gen college students and we know how it can add an extra layer of confusion, particularly when it comes to networking, choosing classes, and getting the most out of your major. I can only imagine that such experiences are only magnified during a pandemic. This event is really meant to be an “ask me anything” (AMA) style forum. It’s for all levels of student whether you just started the major or are halfway through fall quarter of your senior year. We’ll talk about some general tips for doing well as a sociologist, but really this is an opportunity to create community and find out what concerns might be on your mind and how the department can help. Looking forward to seeing you there at 1:00 Thursday! Here’s the zoom info:
Topic: First Generation Sociology Students
Time: Nov 5, 2020 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Please email email@example.com for the Zoom link and passcode.
TYKESON FLIGHT PATH EVENTS (for “Public Policy, Society, and Identity”)
Flight Path Presentation: Monday November 9th, 4-5pm
Registration Workshop: Tuesday November 10th, 4-5pm
Career Services: Wednesday November 11th, 4-5pm
Register Here: https://oregon.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3mCjLm7NE7Ddswt
STOP THE SPREAD CONTEST (CITY OF EUGENE)
Oregon Undergraduate Research Journal – Call for Submissions
Would you like to see your creative work published? The Oregon Undergraduate Research Journal is a student-run, peer-reviewed, open access academic journal that showcases high-quality undergraduate work in the sciences, humanities, and arts at the University of Oregon. We are currently looking for undergraduate cover art to publish for our Spring 2020 edition. Submissions must be: 1) Original art, photography, or other creative work by the undergraduate student. 2) Accompanied by a brief description or statement about the piece (around 250 words). An exceptional submission will explain why it is representative of undergraduate research and/or the spirit of OURJ. 3) Able to fit, in high resolution, an 8.5″ by 11″ page in portrait orientation. 4) Accompanied by a brief (~3 sentences) biography of the undergraduate student. Please submit your artwork to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 30th, 2020. For more information, feel free to contact us at email@example.com. We look forward to receiving your submissions!
SOCIOLOGY & SOCIOLOGISTS IN THE NEWS
1. Article from USA Today News quoting Prof. Pascoe (“In first presidential election post-Me Too, survivors of sexual violence largely invisible”): https://amp.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/10/21/trump-biden-painful-election-survivors-sexual-violence/3639941001/
2. Opinion article from New York Times, “To Learn the Truth, Read My Wikipedia Entry on Sichuan Peppers”: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/23/opinion/sunday/wikipedia-sichuan-pepper-misinformation.html As the article states, “research is a skill we can and should all acquire, given the abundance of information and misinformation mixed up at our fingertips.”
Fall 2020 Week 4
Greetings to everyone who is making it happen in Week 4!
Today’s installments of Soc Snippets includes three items:
- A virtual wellness event on “resiliency to help in pandemic times” sponsored by the Sociology Department and the Duck Nest this Thursday the 22nd at 3:00pm. Details below.
- Virtual UO Fall Career Fair
- New Program Offerings at the University of Chicago
A WELLNESS EVENT ON RESILIENCY TO HELP IN PANDEMIC TIMES
Topic: Resiliency: Getting Through Today (Hosted by the Sociology Department and Duck Nest)
Time: Oct 22, 2020 3:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) (One hour)
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get the Zoom link and password.
VIRTUAL UO FALL CAREER FAIR
Are you looking for a summer internship or starting to think about your post-graduation plans? Or maybe you’re still early in your college career but want to explore possible career paths?
The following employers are looking to hire students in your major for positions in management, sales, client services, marketing, and more! They’ll be at our virtual Fall Career Fair on Thursday, October 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. To meet them, register on Handshake and sign up for one of their 30-minute group sessions or 10-minute one-on-one sessions. You must register and select sessions in advance in order to attend.
Selected organizations and opportunities:
- Amazon Operations: Area Manager
- & J. Gallo Winery: Sales Leadership Development Program (full-time job and summer internship)
- Enterprise Holdings: Management Trainee https://uoregon.joinhandshake.com/jobs/3924598
- Fisher Investments: Account Executive, Inside Sales; Client Service Associate
- Hershey Company: Retail Sales Representative (December 2020 and June 2021 graduates)
- Kroger: Summer internship, General Merchandise
- Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services:Junior Commercial Real Estate Investment Sales Agent
- Target: Executive Store Intern, Executive Team Leader, Distribution Operations Intern
- Techtronic Industries, NA (TTI): Internship, Leadership Development Program ; Event Marketing Specialist
- Willamette University Early Career MBA: Early Career MBA Scholarship Recipient/Graduate Student
This is just a sampling—view a full list of employers here.
First time attending a virtual event? Check out our blog post on how to prepare, by Career Readiness Coach Kyle Santos.
NEW PROGRAMS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
Master of Public Health (MPH)
The Public Health Sciences department in the Biological Sciences Division is excited to announce the launch of the new Master of Public Health (MPH) program in Autumn 2021, which also offers a joint MD-MPH degree with UChicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. The MPH program is broad in its scope, with students gaining proficiency across several public health disciplines, and includes concentrations in epidemiology and global health, health policy, and data science. In addition to coursework, students will complete a practicum experience and capstone project, gaining hands-on skills and foundational knowledge that prepares them for careers as public health professionals and researchers.
Master of Science in Molecular Engineering
The one-year Master of Science in Molecular Engineering (MSME) program at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering is designed to enhance a student’s career path as a traditional engineer and to prepare them for leadership positions across industries. By immersing themselves in our unique curriculum, they learn to address complex technical problems within a professional context. In keeping with the interdisciplinary tradition of UChicago studies, MSME students are able to take elective opportunities at the Booth School of Business, the Division of the Humanities, and other departments across campus.
Certificates Within Social Sciences Master’s Programs
The Social Sciences Division is pleased to announce a number of certificates available through our MA programs. Certificates include Computational Social Science, Education and Society, and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Certificates can be completed as part of the one year master’s programs in International Relations and in Social Sciences (MAPSS), as well as the two year master’s programs in Computational Social Science (MACSS) and in Middle Eastern Studies. Applicants to all master’s programs are considered for substantial merit aid. To learn more about our programs, please contact E.G. Enbar.
Institute of Education Sciences Pre-Doctoral Training Program
The Institute of Education Science (IES) Pre-Doctoral Training Program in the Education Sciences is an ambitious, multi-year, university-wide fellowship program, sponsored by the Committee on Education, which supports PhD students interested in pursuing research related to education while they are training for a doctoral degree in a social science discipline or within the Harris School of Public Policy or the School of Social Service Administration. Fellows in this program receive a five-year package of support that includes a full tuition waiver and a generous stipend of $34,000 annually and fringe benefits. Additional funds are available to support travel and research related to education research. More information can be found here.
If you, or your students, have any questions at all, please feel free to reach out to our staff at email@example.com. A full list of academic programs, as well as admissions requirements, financial aid opportunities, and more can be found on our website, grad.uchicago.edu/admissions.
Department Head Michael Dreiling congratulates graduates, reminds us of the sociological tools for uncovering racial injustice
Dear Sociology Class of 2020:
As you complete you complete your degree at the UO, I offer my warmest congratulations and thanks! As a graduate of our program, you enter the ranks of an outstanding group of human beings – UO Sociology Alumni. Our alumni are active in hundreds of careers and professions. Their work collectively involves the founding of businesses and nonprofits, writing novels and making films, and working in professions from education and law to marketing and research. In these incredibly challenging times, I trust that even as you exit the university to a world in flux, you carry some powerful tools from your studies in Sociology at the University of Oregon.
As a department, we began the year celebrating our 125th year of teaching sociology at the University of Oregon – the oldest sociology program west of the Rocky Mountains – and concluded in the midst of a global pandemic, a deepening economic crisis, and a mass social movement for racial justice. A critical and intersectional analysis of social inequalities helps make sense of all of it, and more. I am sure you have been using your sociological tools to better understand and engage what is happening in the world.
Sociology brings to the fore what is hidden beneath the seams of social life. This perspective, so unique to our discipline conveys an eye of empathy and critical analysis to all forms of oppression and suffering, to the struggles and the cries for justice, to the yearnings rooted in a vision that a better world is possible, and to the celebrations of social and human progress. When George Floyd announced I can’t breathe, he spoke of a violence that already echoed too many times across America, conveying again not just the physical weight of police coercively pressing into the neck and back of an unarmed black man, but to the power structures of white supremacy that profit politically, economically and social-psychologically by systemic racism. The hard and cold truth of his words resonate with the oppressions confronting black people across America. His words also spoke to the inequalities in America’s health care system that result in wildly disproportionate deaths from the Coronavirus pandemic on communities of color. In struggle, I can’t breathe became a radical idiom representing voices of the oppressed.
You know this. A critical sociological perspective renders visible what so much social and political inertia would hide: the recent role of deaths of despair in the drop in overall American life expectancy; or the fact that over 40% of all COVID-19 deaths in the US have occurred among a group that represents just 0.6% of the US population – those living in long-term care facilities. It is because the sociological perspective uncovers what is often made invisible that the tools of our trade are so valuable and important to our future. Use them in good stead.
In the last four months at UO Sociology, you all demonstrated considerable resilience and weathered a difficult change as we collectively – faculty, staff, graduate students, undergraduate students – sustained studies and pursued a critical analysis of the larger issues facing our world. The Zoom and Canvas fatigue, I have no doubt, are real. It has been challenging and I thank you for enduring these steps. On behalf of our department, we celebrate the richness that you, as recent graduates, bring to our alumnus; it is you who bring sociology to life. As a department, we will strive to continue producing the kind of work done here for 125 years and counting. Please read a bit about our 125 years at Around the O: https://around.uoregon.edu/legacies-critical-sociology-125-years-uo
On behalf of all current faculty, staff and students, I extend my heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to you.
Michael Dreiling, Professor & Department Head
Department of Sociology
University of Oregon
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. – James Baldwin
PS: Want to see the Class of 2020 commencement ceremony? Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxbTKHf8WKU
Dear Sociology Majors,
I send you this last Sociology Snippets of the 2019-2020 school year amid a cacophony of emotions. We are now witnessing some of the largest scale collective action ever undertaken in this country, amidst an ongoing global pandemic that underscores the seriousness of this moment. We are seeing and (for many of us, participating in) visible and dramatic resistance to racism, white supremacy and racial inequality. As sociologists, you have the tools to understand both the inequality these protests are addressing as well as the varied forms of activism themselves. That said, all the sociological analysis in the world falls short of capturing the range of emotions many of us feel at this current moment – sorrow, rage, sadness, grief, overwhelm and, indeed, empowerment, optimism, and a zeal for change. So, while I am writing to say goodbye for the school year, I am also writing to say that we, as sociologists at the University of Oregon, are deeply dedicated to using sociological analysis to understand the root causes, consequences, experiences of and solutions to racial inequality, white supremacy and the intersections of those with other inequalities. We hope that we have helped to convey those questions, lessons and analytic tools in our classes.
We see you, we stand with you and we are here for you.
Associate Professor | Undergraduate Program Director
Department of Sociology | University of Oregon
Hello Sociology Majors!
Do you want to develop leadership skills? Just can’t get enough sociology? Want to earn credit doing both? Take a look at the Sociology Peer Leadership Program (Soc 406). Participants in the Peer Leadership Program are tasked with communication, advising, event planning and tutoring in the Sociology Department. Students in this program plan events of interest for undergraduates, put together quarterly newsletters, tutor in their areas of expertise and come up with innovative ways to meet the needs of sociology majors and minors. You can see more information about the program and apply here: https://forms.gle/vadY8bJq9tTNp4rD9
Here is a more extensive description of the program:
WHAT DO PEER LEADERS DO?
Sociology Peer Leaders serve as leaders in the undergraduate program. They aid the department in communication, advising, event planning and tutoring. Peer leaders help students plan their academic schedules, developing quarterly undergraduate newsletters, planning and putting on quarterly events for undergraduates, tutoring, and aiding in various curricular and programmatic projects to support the undergraduate program.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?
Applicants must be
-in good academic standing, with at least a 3.0 grade point average
-a declared Sociology major,
-recommended by one faculty member/sociology instructor recommend
APPLICANTS MAKE THESE COMMITMENTS TO THE PEER LEADERSHIP PROGRAM:
-Attend weekly team meetings
-Provide tutoring (in select subject areas) as needed by students
-Assist in developing and distributing a quarterly undergraduate newsletter
-Plan and hold one event each term for students
-Provide basic academic, career and internship advising as needed by students
-Meet with the representatives from the Career Center and Tykeson Advising
-Assist the sociology department with various tasks regarding event planning and communication
-Present opportunities in sociology to undergraduate classes
-Conduct a project of your choosing each year
-Commit to a minimum of 2 terms (not including summer)
WHAT ARE THE REWARDS?
As a Peer Leader, you will have the opportunity to strengthen both your problem solving
and communication skills. You will also gain marketable on-the-job experience in time
management, organization, and leadership.
In your first term as a Peer Leader you will earn one credit (P/NP) in Sociology 406. In your second term as Peer Leader you earn one graded credit (ABCDF) of Sociology 406 .
PLEASE NOTE: Sociology 406 does not satisfy the 400 level Sociology requirements,
but does count as elective Sociology credit.
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Hopefully by now the move to online college is a bit calmer and more routine. I for one am holding out hope that we will be learning together in person sooner rather than later – and from what I’m hearing from many of you, I’m not alone in that hope! For some of us thinking sociologically about all of these changes can feel comforting. If that is true for you, you might find this set of articles compiled by sociologists about disasters and related social issues interesting: https://www.asanet.org/covid-19-asa-journals. If it is not true for you, please skip this and do what feels good for you in this time – baking, Netflix binges or just breathing.
This week in Soc Snippets we have information about applying for the honors program, applications for Wayne Morse Center Scholars, a webinar about how to manage as a student during this pandemic and some resources to support you in taking classes online. As always feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Have a great day and Go Ducks,
Associate Professor | Undergraduate Program Director
Department of Sociology | University of Oregon
Sociology Honors Program Application Deadline – May 1, 2020
This small, selective year-long class for highly motivated sociology majors walks you through all aspects of the research process from coming up with a research question, to putting together a research proposal, to conducting your research, to actually writing an honors thesis. Participants in this program have had their research covered by Cascade Magazine (such as Daniel Silberman’s research on racism and punishment in Oregon), have presented their research at academic conferences, such as the Annual Pacific Sociological Association Conference and have used their theses as writing samples for successful graduate school applications.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the program or your eligibility for it.
Wayne Mores Scholars Program
Application Deadline – May 29, 2020
The Wayne Morse Scholars program serves UO undergrads from diverse backgrounds and majors, providing skills building, service learning, and leadership training to students interested in public affairs and community engagement.
Learn more about the program and apply here: https://waynemorsecenter.uoregon.edu/scholars
Sociology Student Town Hall: Navigating Covid-19
The American Sociological Association’s Student Forum Advisory Board invites sociology graduate and undergraduate students to a town hall to discuss how to navigate the challenges of being a student during this difficult time. Whether you are taking courses or in the final stages of writing your dissertation, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted students in unique ways. We invite students at all stages to join us for a conversation to share resources, discuss coping strategies, and commiserate. You can register here.
Managing Online Classes
For some of us, the pacing, lack of structure and lack of in person contact in online class can make them a little challenging. Here is a list of suggestions about how to manage online classes from UO’s Tutoring and Academic Engagement Center: https://engage.uoregon.edu/remote-learning-resources/ and from Northeastern University:https://www.northeastern.edu/graduate/blog/tips-for-taking-online-classes/