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 has opened for Fall 2020 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!

Staci Shaffer keeps inmates safe and inspires new Sew Sober program at Larimer County Jail

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

Joshua Sbicca and Stephanie Malin discuss obstacles Native Americans face in overcoming COVID-19

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

Jeni Cross interviewed about why humans are howling at 8pm every night

"...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.

Michael Carolan on CSU's food supply task force providing rapid-response research for COVID-19

At the request of the Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, a group of CSU experts are providing up-to-the-minute, data-driven analysis on food supply chain issues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The entire Source article is available here.

The CSU Task Force on Colorado Food Supply website

KuoRay Mao's article "Risk management regimes and epidemic control in East Asia: lessons from Covid-19" published in Contexts magazine

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

Michael Carolan’s food systems team studies COVID-19 impacts on Denver supply chain

CSU's food systems team has received additional funding to build on their ongoing research of Denver supply chains by including impacts of COVID-19.

The entire Source article is available here.

The CSU Task Force on Colorado Food Supply website

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

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of how we're continuing to teach, learn and work.

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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.

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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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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.