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Grad student Tom Waidzunas accepts postdoc at NorthWestern University

Tom Waidzunas has accepted a 2-year postdoc in Northwestern University’s Science in Human Culture program in affiliation with their Sociology Department. As a fellow, Tom will pursue a program of independent scholarship and teach two one-quarter courses each year: a seminar and a lecture course. This is an excellent postdoc and a great opportunity. Congratulations Tom!

Grad Students’ paper, “Navigating the Heteronormativity of Engineering,” wins again.

Erin Cech and Tom Waidzunas’ paper, ” Navigating the Heteronormativity of Engineering,” has won yet another recognition; this time it was named as Runner-Up for the Sally Hacker Graduate Student Paper Award by the ASA Sex and Gender Section. Congrats Erin and Tom!!

Sabrina Strings selected as a member of the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

Graduate Student Sabrina Strings has been selected to be a member of the inaugural class of the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society Chapter here at UCSD. She will be attending the Bouchet Conference on Diversity in Graduate Education at Yale University March 26-27, 2010. Congrats Sabrina!

Named for the first African American doctoral recipient in the United States (in Physics from Yale University in 1876), the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society (Bouchet Society) recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. The Bouchet Society seeks to develop a network of preeminent scholars who exemplify academic and personal excellence, foster environments of support and serve as examples of scholarship, leadership, character, service and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy. In the spirit of Bouchet’s commitment to these pursuits both within and without the academic realm, inductees into the honor society bearing his name should also exhibit these qualities.    UC San Diego created a chapter and was inducted into the Yale Bouchet Graduate Honor Society in March of 2009.

Kevin Moseby awarded pre-dissertation fellowship by UCSB Black Studies Department

Graduate student Kevin Moseby has been awarded one of two pre-dissertation fellowships offered by the UC-Santa Barbara’s Department of Black Studies. He will be in residence at the UCSB Black Studies department as a Dissertation Scholar for the 2010-2011 academic year. Congrats Kevin!

Toward Institutional Reform and an Inclusive Community

The UCSD Department of Sociology condemns the current racist acts on our campus, and we stand ready to assist the University in creating and enacting institutional policies that would make UCSD more accessible to and hospitable for all members of our community. In order to do so, we must view these events not as isolated acts of individual racism but as signs that we must do more institutionally in order to achieve racial equity. In support of the spirit of recent proposals by the UCSD faculty of African descent and the UCSD Black Student Union, we urge the administration to renew its commitments to public access and diversity education and to ensure that racial equity is integral to any campus plans to restructure the university during the budget crisis.