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!)
Sharing Who and What Inspires Us
"We are strongest together — and you have reminded us of that, in ways we should never have forgotten." – April 27 e-newsletter
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
From KuoRay Mao on April 13: ASA's public magazine, Contexts, has published a special issue on COVID-19.
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."
From Blanche Hughes, Sociology Alum and CSU's Vice President for Student Affairs, on April 13.
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
"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
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."
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.
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!
from Staci Shaffer, Sociology Instructor and Lieutenant at Larimer County Sheriff's Office:
During the crisis I was assigned to supply chain management for personal protective equipment at the Larimer County Jail. I quickly learned that we could not purchase enough masks for both staff and inmate needs. We asked volunteers in the community that know how to sew to make masks, but I knew their resources were going to be stretched thin.
I remembered that we had some old sewing machines in the jail for repairing jail clothing that hadn't been used in quite some time. I was able to take the sewing machines to Maggie's Sewing and Vacuum (a CSU neighboring business) to get them up and running again. I brought in my grandmother's fabric collection from home, emptied my linen closet, and asked for fabric donations from friends and colleagues. I then taught a dozen inmate workers how to use the machines to make cloth masks for the jail population.
Today, we now have enough for every inmate in the facility to have two masks, one to wash and one to wear. We have made donations to other criminal justice organizations and our community mental health provider, SummitStone.
The best part is that the inmate workers have found new inspiration from sewing. Some had never touched a sewing machine. Now they are turning out masks that are actually pieces of wearable art. They have been sewing nearly every day, by choice. One participant said that sewing was going to keep her off drugs, and when the other participants agreed, the group decided a name for the program, 'Sew Sober'. Another participant now wants to create a clothing line when she is released focused on swimwear (with matching masks, of course).
Speaking of release, I have brought Maggie's and SummitStone together to supply any inmate sewing in jail a free sewing machine so they can keep sewing upon release. The machines are used, but in good repair thanks to Bob, the repair man at Maggie's. He is actually quite famous, see this (9News) link for proof.
If anyone has any fabric that they would like to donate to 'Sew Sober' that would be great! The participants are quite inspired by any new fabric. Earth tones are in high demand. Email Staci here
In June 2020, The Conversation published Joshua Sbicca and Stephanie Malin’s article "Native American tribes’ pandemic response is hamstrung by many inequities." Read it here
"...this howling is the opportunity for us to experience both joy and express grief in that communal way and it’s also in that really visceral-physical way,” says Jeni. The entire Source article is available here.
KuoRay Mao co-authored "Risk management regimes and epidemic control in East Asia: lessons from Covid-19" in Contexts, the American Sociology Association's public magazine. Read
Staci Shaffer has inspired a unique collaboration among Larimer County Jail inmates, Bob at Maggie's Sewing and Vacuum (below), and Summitstone Health Partners.
Tales From Behind the Webcam
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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."
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Graduation Reflections & Well Wishes
Please check back soon for notes of impact, gratitude, and farewell to and from our spring & summer graduates and department members.
Sociology faculty came together virtually to create this celebratory video for grads.
This crash course was not one we planned on taking this semester. No one registered for it, yet it is full beyond capacity. Waitlist is not an option because we are required to act now. No one designed its syllabus, yet it is permanently catalogued. To complete this course successfully, we need high-speed connections. But at times our bandwidth is unstable or feels on the verge of failing. Yet we move through the modules as best we can – imperfectly forward. Pressures outside the classroom affect our ability to do our best. We get an A+ for effort, and we slowly but surely perfect tools we will use for a lifetime. We've come together even though we're apart.