Hi Soc Students! 

The Soc Scene is early! Tomorrow is Sociology Research Institue (SRI) and the Department of Sociology will be staffing the event. For more information about SRI, check it out here!

2017 President’s Student Leadership and Service Awards Recipients

Congratulations to Prashasti, Tiffany, and Enoch on being names a President’s Student Leadership and Service Awards Recipients!

The President’s Student Leadership & Service Award (PSLSA) recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of outstanding student leaders at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. It is presented to approximately one-half of one percent of the student body for their exceptional leadership and service to the University of Minnesota and the surrounding community.

Outcomes Survey 

The College of Liberal Arts is very interested to know what your plans are after graduation. Please take ten minutes to complete The Outcomes Survey, at z.umn.edu/outcomessurvey. In CLA, we use the data to deepen our understanding of the career fields our students enter, the employers who hire them, the number of students who enroll in graduate or professional programs, and to capture advice that recent graduates have for our current students. So when a student asks us, “what can I do with a CLA degree?” we have some concrete information to share with them.

If you’re still figuring out your plans, remember that all resources in the CLA Career Services office are accessible to you for the first year after your graduation.

“Practice” Focus Groups

Penny Edgell and a few graduate students are working on a focus group project over the summer, and are looking to set up a few “practice” focus groups for some of the grads on the project to practice on before going out to do the real focus groups.

We can offer $10 and some snacks for participation.

The focus groups are an extension of the Talking About Social Controversies study that Penny and Kathy Hull did a few years back. Participants will be asked to read a vignette about a social controversy and discuss potential perspectives and solutions. The three vignette topics include: prison ministries, sanctuary churches, and parental religious freedoms. The practice groups will be pre-test to the vignettes and a way to practice running focus groups before the study is launch in June.

Saturday May 13, 10am-12pm
Monday May 15, 6-9:30 pm
Tuesday May 16, 12-1:30 pm
Friday May 19, 9-11 am

Edgell – Recruiting Handout

Major Project for Summer 2017 // Fall 2017

You can view all our Fall courses, meeting times, enrollment as of 24 hours ago, and locations here.

New courses include Soc 3246 Disease, Disasters, and Other Killers, Soc 3215 Supercapitalism in the Global Economy, and Soc 4090 Topics:  Black to the Future Race and Visions of Tomorrow.

Fall Major Project – If you’re hoping to take the Major Project this Fall but didn’t get an email on the clearance list with instructions on how to get a permission number, write back to socadvis@umn.edu and we can review you and add you to Clearance List so that you can pick up your permission number.

Major Project registration must occur within 2 weeks (this is for all terms) of the start of registration.

Questions about the Major Project?  Please review the Guide first.

Global Health Leadership Internship Unpaid internship in New Haven, CT with Unite For Sight

The Global Health Leadership Internship provides outstanding undergraduate, public health, medical, and graduate students, as well as recent graduates, with an opportunity to engage in high impact front-line global health delivery programs. This internship has a minimum of a full-time 4 week commitment, but at least an 8-12 week commitment is preferable. A minimum of a 6 week commitment is required during the summer months. The internship opportunity is available year-round. In this position, the Intern will work closely with Unite For Sight’s Core Management Team on global health programming. Interns work from our New Haven office that overlooks the Yale campus.  Review complete details and application instructions.

Graduate Teaching Assistant (0.25) for College of Liberal Arts President’s Emerging Scholars Program

The College of Liberal Arts President’s Emerging Scholars Program (CLA PES) is seeking current University of Minnesota graduate students to serve as teaching assistants for fall semester 2017.

Typical teaching assistant duties include: Attending and/or contributing to one lecture section per week. Facilitating one discussion session per week of CLA1005 – Introduction to Liberal Arts Learning during fall semester. Attending weekly teaching team meetings. Assisting the Instructor with course design. Assembling materials. Creating and grading assignments. Holding office hours. Assisting individual students with course and university-related questions.

Appointment is 25%; average 10 hour/week.

  • Must be enrolled in a graduate or graduate professional degree program at the University of Minnesota for Fall 2017.
  • Graduate students who have taken graduate-level courses in Liberal Arts, Education, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, Public Policy, Social Work, or related fields are encouraged to apply.
  • Previous teaching experience is preferred, but not required. A demonstrated commitment to diversity, intercultural, and multicultural education, including the ability to work effectively with underrepresented and first generation students is also strongly preferred. Candidate must be highly organized with strong analytical, writing and communication skills.
  • All nonnative English speaking TAs must take the Spoken English Test for Teaching Assistants (SETTA) at beginning their duties as a TA.  All applicants must register for coursework in a U of Minnesota graduate or professional degree program for duration of appointment.

Application Link:
Please attach a cover letter, CV, and three professional references.  Documents may be attached after filling out the online application, by accessing your “My Activities” page and uploading documents there.If you are not a current University of Minnesota employee, please use the click here.

If you are a current University of Minnesota employee, please use the following here instead.

Questions – Contact Leah Milojevic – wood0522@umn.edu

Fall 2017 Peer Research Consultants

The University of Minnesota Libraries are now accepting students applications for the Fall 2017 Peer Research Consultants (library research tutors). There are two openings for these paid positions.

Please refer eligible students to the position listing on the UMN Job Site. Alternately, the position is posted on the Libraries’ Site. If possible, post to your area’s newsletters, social media, etc. The success of this program depends on the excellent applicants referred by you all – thank you!

Position Requirements:
Effective communication & interpersonal skills
Experience working in a diverse setting
Effective communication skills and interpersonal skills as relevant to working with individuals and small groups in academic support at the University of Minnesota
Must have successfully completed Writing 1301/1401 or equivalent with a B or higher grade

Acceptance and current enrollment at the University of Minnesota as an undergraduate student with sophomore standing or higher.
The application deadline is end-of-day Friday, April 28th. Please contact me with questions, etc.


Join us for a free conversation about student loan management and how refinancing can affect your credit, mortgage, and other parts of your everyday life. Presented by Credible.

Noon-1 p.m. (CDT)
Thursday, April 27
About our sponsor: Credible makes it quick and easy for you to save on your student loans. Credible’s founding principle is to provide borrowers with the level of transparency they deserve. As a multi-lender marketplace that allows borrowers to receive competitive loan offers from its vetted lenders, Credible empowers consumers to take control of their financial futures. Borrowers can fill out one form, then receive and compare personalized offers from numerous lenders and choose which best serves their individual needs.  Learn more about what Credible can offer here.


“Social Justice Through Collaborative Artistic Expression: The State of Iberoamerican Studies Series: Human Rights Across the Disciplines and Voice to Vision Project.”

LUIS A. RAMOS-GARCIA, Spanish and Portuguese Studies. DAVID FEINBERG, Department of Art.

Sponsored by a University of Minnesota Grand Challenge Research Award, this art exhibition focuses on how visually rich are political human conflicts and how intellectual, theater, and artistic groups actively respond to violence and its fractured memories.

“Resilience and resistance” + Journey to Nowhere”: The Boat People of Vietnam and Voice to Vision: Latin American Theater Directors and Human Rights Activists


Tubman have recently posted a number of intern and volunteer summer opportunities for Soc students.  We believe that these positions directly align with the development and educational goals in several of your graduate programs. Soc students will have the opportunity to gain real experience in their field while doing meaningful work that will have a substantial impact on someone’s life. These opportunities have been made available through the University database, Volunteer Match, and Hands On.

Interning and volunteering with Tubman is a unique and rewarding experience. There are many opportunities within our various service areas including shelter services, legal services, counseling and support services, children and youth programs, and much more.

Stacy Krier
Recruitment Intern       skrier@tubman.org
Crisis: 612.825.0000      www.tubman.org

CLAGENCY is Hiring


We are looking for an undergraduate student in their freshman or sophomore year to work for CLAgency, a student-run PR agency promoting CLA starting next fall. We are looking for recommendations you have of students who stand out within your department.

We are hoping you can help identify students from your department who may be interested in and a good fit for this position for a department within CLA. Opportunities for the student include:

  • Paid “account executive” position: 10-20 hours per week, flexible hours. (Must be available midday Friday for group lab)
  • Workplan:  Student meets and interviews faculty, grad students, and fellow undergrads and writes three articles per semester (the “workplan”). Their work is published on the department’s website, shared with thousands of alumni as part of an e-newsletter, and possibly repurposed through other University communication channels. They may also help the department with other communications projects as availability permits and as directed by the department.
  • Professional development:  During Friday labs, CLAgency account executives come together to learn communications best practices, share their progress on their workplan, and peer edit each other’s stories. Labs may also include guest speakers from the marketing/communications field or field trips to nearby agencies for tours. (The skills they develop in CLAgency transfer to professions beyond the marketing/communications field.)
  • Project groups and creative activities:  Account executives can opt-in to project groups and creative activities (creative direction, strategy, and maintenance of the CLAgency website & social media channels; writing reflective/funny/informative blog posts; marketing the agency to other CLA students, etc.)

Strongly preferred:

  • Strong interviewer and writer: Can draft an engaging story for a broad audience
  • Curious: Desire and personality to connect with the department/subject to learn more
  • Time management skills: Can meet agency deadlines on top of their academic assignments
  • Freshmen/Sophomores: We prefer students early in their academic career so that they can (ideally) stay on with the department and CLAgency for several semesters.

You may view this job description with more information and application instructions if you wish to forward this email to students you would recommend. If you have questions please contact Managing Directors Lauren Myhra (myhra013@umn.edu) and Andrew Swisher (swish029@umn.edu), and feel free to direct students’ questions to us as well.

Multicultural Career Fair

Saturday, April 22nd 2-3:30pm
Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Unition
Free to all UMN students
No pre-registration
40 + companies in attendance, including: FBI, City of St. Paul, MN Department of Health, Office of Congressman Keith Ellison, Land O’Lakes *for a full list visit: career-summit.umn.edu/career-fair


Tuesday, April 25
2:00pm – 4:30pm
RecWell Center, 2nd Floor
Cost: FREE! Registration encouraged on GoldPASS!

This event provides University of Minnesota undergraduate-level, graduating seniors (12/2016-8/2017) the opportunity to explore job opportunities and learn creative job search strategies directly from staffing agency employers. Connect with 25+ representatives from a variety of staffing agencies looking to hire U of M graduating seniors, and learn creative job search tips from the panelist. Registration appreciated, Walk-ins Welcome. Business casual attire required. For more information, search the ‘Career Fairs/Events’ section on GoldPASS (ID#3316).


Thursday, April 27
10:00am – 3:00pm
Room 200, Minneapolis Convention Center

Cost: FREE! Register for the career fair through this link!

Candidates of Color — register today for the People of Color Career Fair! It’s FREE but we must have your resume for entry and your free headshot! Plus we will send your resume to employers in advance! There is also a FREE-ride pass on the Metro Transit on our website. Email your resume to info@peopleofcolorcareerfair.com. For more information, search the ‘Career Fairs/Events’ section on GoldPASS (ID#3347).

 AmeriCorps Opportunities in Restorative Justice for Next Year

Want to increase youth voice, build bridges between schools and their communities, and help drain the national school to prison pipeline?

Join our team to make restorative systems-level change in one of Minneapolis’ most diverse high schools!

If you’re looking for a job, an experience, something to do for a year (+) that acknowledges and even embraces the challenge and urgency of the current political reality—IF YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING—consider applying for these AmeriCorps positions.Roosevelt High School is one of the most ethnically diverse schools in Minnesota, and our school is innovating and exploring new ways to restructure our community and support students. Get in on the ground level and add your voice!

The VISTA position is capacity-building, indirect service. If you would prefer to serve in a more direct capacity with youth, we are hiring four AmeriCorps Promise Fellows. This cohort will work directly with youth marginalized by our society and by our educational system. We are starting a restorative space and a new whole-student model that should directly counter the school to prison pipeline in our community.

All positions will be working at the intersection of multiple communities, identities, and oppressions—and there is a lot of opportunity for your voice to shape your role. These are great opportunities for folks interested in education, social work, community organizing—or anyone interested in making our education system more accessible, equitable, and just.

Apply here for the AmeriCorps Promise Fellow position–under MPS Check & Connect.

Info for the AmeriCorps VISTA position.

Direct Link for Roosevelt VISTA.

Priority Deadline is April 30th. Apply ASAP or reach out with any questions!