Coming Together While We're Apart

Welcome to the place where Sociology faculty, staff, students, and alumni share their thoughts and observations, what they’re learning, how they are seeing our present and possible future through text and images, links to inspiring people and resources, epiphanies and insights, and what is making them think and learn in new ways and helping them undergo change during this unusual time. This is where our sociological imaginations continue to connect. Please check back often for new submissions.

Below please find the digital version of our Clark B hallway which, during previous years, was bustling with conversations and idea-sharing, or at other times was quiet and contemplative. Following spring break 2020, CSU moved all spring courses and events online in order to abide by local, national and global social distancing measures in response to COVID-19. Campus opened for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 with courses being held in-person, hybrid or online and events being held virtually. The difficulties and tragedies occurring now will be forever etched in our minds, hearts and souls. Moments of resilience, inspiration, and triumph are also significant and must be noted. The collection of visuals and stories on this page is not meant to minimize hardships and suffering, it is meant to maximize our abilities to connect and persevere.

Please contact Carmen Hardy, our Communications Coordinator, with questions. 

Doors & Desktops

We admit we are pretty proud of our doors – keeping them open so we are accessible, as well as adorning them with what's important to us. In lieu of walking our Clark B hallway to see compelling editorial cartoons, important event notices, meaningful memes and much more, please find our messages here. (Severin, Laurence, Sara and others who wear theirs, t-shirt pics are definitely welcome!)

Keeping Our Spirits Up

Sharing Who and What Inspires Us

Dear COVID-19: A personal note from Chancellor Tony Frank

"We are strongest together — and you have reminded us of that, in ways we should never have forgotten." – April 27 e-newsletter

Click here for Dr. Frank's full essay

William Helmreich, Sociologist and Distinguished Professor at City College and the City University of New York’s Graduate Center

"...he walked every block in New York — totaling 6,163 miles — and wrote a book about his odyssey. He died of the coronavirus." – published March 30

Click here for the full article by Joseph Berger at The New York Times

American Sociological Association's public magazine for social research puts out special edition

From KuoRay Mao on April 13: ASA's public magazine, Contexts, has published a special issue on COVID-19. 

Click here for the magazine

That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief

From Carmen Hardy on March 26: Personally I have found this article very helpful, here it is if useful to others.

"If we can name it, perhaps we can manage it."

Click here for the full article by Scott Berinato at Harvard Business Review

"We Know You are Capable of Great Things" – an Inspirational Video Message for CSU Students

From Blanche Hughes, Sociology Alum and CSU's Vice President for Student Affairs, on April 13.

Click here for the video

Encouragement video from CSU's "Best Teacher" Faculty

From KuoRay Mao at 1:40 from start: "The world will need solution makers to help us better prepare for the future...Fight on!" – sent to students March 24

Click here for the video by CSU Social

College made them feel equal. The virus exposed how unequal their lives are.

"When they were all in the same dorms and eating the same dining hall food, the disparities in students’ backgrounds weren’t as clear as they are over video chat." – published April 4

Click here for the full article by Nicholas Casey at The New York Times

This is no time for panic or cynicism

Steve Dandaneau, submitted this op ed in early March: "It’s not just panic that threatens to distort thinking, but cynicism too. Let me explain."

Click here for the Steve's full op ed in The Coloradoan

Academia in the Time of Covid-19: Our Chance to Develop an Ethics of Care

From Josh Sbicca on April 3: I came across this thoughtful article about the need to take this pandemic as an opportunity to improve our academic ethics of care. In many respects, our department reflects these ethics. I hope that this article can provide further ideas for reflection and practices to implement.

Click here for the article from Green Inequalities at the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability

Impact Felt Near & Far

As we follow CSU's Keep Teaching, Keep Learning, and Keep Working intiatives, we are also finding new ways to continue our research, outreach and engagement as CSU's land-grant mission in action. We are proud of our alumni who are solving problems and improving lives near and far – every day and especially now. Stay strong, Rams!

fabric mask

Staci Shaffer has inspired a unique collaboration among Larimer County Jail inmates, Bob at Maggie's Sewing and Vacuum (below), and Summitstone Health Partners.

Bob sewing
fabric mask

Tales From Behind the Webcam

Inspiration Overheard 

In a hallway with open doors, we inadvertently eavesdrop on a lot of conversations. Here are some insightful and inspirational comments we've seen or heard virtually. 

"I know a student who drives over 10 miles each way to access wifi." 

Please submit a story or two of your own.

Please check back soon for more.

Guestbook and Virtual High Fives

A whole bunch of green & gold High Fives!

– Lincoln in Fort Collins

Please submit your own guestbook comment or high five.

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SOC Graduates with Honors
SOC M.A. and Ph.D. Graduates

Spring 2020 Graduation Reflections & Well Wishes

Sociology faculty came together virtually to create this celebratory video for grads. 

We Sincerely Thank You for Visiting Us Here

From our many hallways to yours, we wish you the very best in the days to come.

Please take care and be well in mind, body and spirit.