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Student-Alumni Networking

Join us for our first ever Student-Alumni Networking Dinner!

Sunday, March 29, 2020 ⋅ 5-7:30 PM ⋅ EMU Redwood Auditorium

This event includes a catered dinner and panel discussion and is FREE for all current UO Sociology students, alumni, and current/retired faculty.

With an in-demand skill set informed by the sociological imagination, graduates from UO Sociology go on to do some amazing things. Whether researching, teaching, consulting, community organizing, business ownership, or beyond, there is no limit to what you can do with your degree in Sociology.

But why just hear it from us when you can hear it from those who have lived it? Come hear the stories of accomplished alumni who have taken their sociological tools far and wide to reveal the numerous ways sociology can open perspectives on life and careers.

To RSVP for this event, please click here. Continue reading below to learn more about our lineup of local alumni panelists.


Elena Fracchia, BA ’06

AVP & Wealth Advisor, Columbia Bank

In her role as wealth advisor for Columbia Bank in Eugene, Elena Fracchia serves as a wealth consultant and resource to individuals and businesses who want to learn more about Columbia Bank’s wealth management services.

Elena has a background and expertise in nonprofit management, financial education and community engagement. She received her Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the UO Clark Honors College and her Master’s Degree in public administration and a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from UO.

Jamie Floyd, BA ’94

Co-founder, Ninkasi Brewing Company

Jamie, alongside business partner Nikos Ridge, founded Ninkasi Brewing Company in 2006. In 2011, the hard work of both founders landed them the fastest growing craft brewery in the United States with a top selling IPA in Oregon. Today Ninkasi ranks the 35th largest craft brewer in the United States (Brewers Association, 2018).

Hannah Holleman, PhD ’12

Associate Professor, Amherst College

Hannah is Associate Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at Amherst College in Massachusetts and author of Dust Bowls of Empire: Imperialism, Environmental Politics, and the Injustice of “Green” Capitalism (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018). Within the American Sociological Association she is Secretary of the Section on Environmental Sociology and Chair-Elect of the Marxist Sociology Section. She also serves on the editorial board of the Amherst College Press, the editorial committee of Monthly Review, and the Inclusion and Diversity Task Force of the International Sociological Association’s Environment and Society Research Committee.

Joel Iboa, BA ’14

Coalition Manager, CAUSA – Oregon’s Immigrants Rights Organization

Honing his skills in Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) as well as other social justice groups as a UO Sociology and Anthropology double major, Joel entered the environmental justice movement as an advocate championing increased protections for farm and forestry workers exposed to chemicals in the workplace. Joel also serves as Chair for the Human Rights Commission (City of Eugene), as well as the youngest appointed Chair for the Governors Environmental Justice Task Force.

Julius McGee, PhD ’16

Assistant Professor, Portland State University

Julius’ research focuses on the socioeconomic factors that contribute to, and mitigate environmental degradation. His current projects focus on the environmental impacts of mass incarceration as well as the relationship between financialization and climate change. His other fields of interest include racial capitalism, inequality in food systems, and energy poverty.

Wendy Ng, PhD ’89

Dean, College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, California State University East Bay

Before becoming dean at CSUEB, Wendy had a 30-year career at San Jose State University as a faculty member, department chair, and associate dean of undergraduate studies. She has taught courses in Asian American Studies, American Studies, Sociology, and in Engineering. Her current research centers on the sociological imagination, self, identity, and place with attention to visible and invisible identity markers.

Martha Sutherland, BA ’01

Eugene Public Libraries

After a 16-year career at the House of Records in Eugene, Martha now works at the Eugene Public Library, helping patrons access a multitude of resources and a treasury of information. Recently she united her love of music with her work at the library and created a Record Listening Station with a collection of 50 vinyl records for in-house use and launched a monthly series of record listening programs for the public.

Nico Stehr, PhD ’70

Professor, Zeppelin University (Germany)

Nico is the founding director of the European Center for Sustainability Research at Zeppelin University, and his work addresses the problems of knowledge and the question of the social role of knowledge. He is interested in the social effects that the increased importance of the role of knowledge has in modern societies. He also intensively addresses the research on the consequences of climate change, especially in the areas of adaptation and precaution, and is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and the European Academy of the Sciences and Arts.

Elaine Walters, MS

Founder, Trauma Healing Project

Elaine is is the founding Executive Director and lead trainer at the Trauma Healing Project, an organization that provides professional and community training and direct healing support for survivors. For the last 25 years she has been a consultant, trainer and community organizer working to address and eliminate intimate violence and is involved in the effort to expand accessible trauma healing resources and to implement trauma-informed care practices regionally and state-wide.


Are you an alumnus interested in future networking opportunities such as these? We’d love to hear from you!

Please send an email to and include “Student Networking” in the subject line. We will add you to our networking list and contact you about future events such as these.