Mychael Evans (sociology '11) is an operations and logistics professional whose liberal arts education taught him about things like leadership, analytics, and diversity. “It really expanded my knowledge, and what I thought about the world,” he says.
Often it’s difficult to know whether we tell our stories or they tell us. Today’s sociologists are not only interpreting the complex social issues affecting our communities, they’re enabling us to better understand ourselves. In an increasingly diverse and ever-evolving society, sociology encourages us to see the world through a broad lens and helps us address the critical questions that shape our everyday lives.
With its first cohort celebrating its graduation this spring, the University of Minnesota Advanced Careers (UMAC) Initiative joins an elite group of leading-edge higher education institutions to transition experienced professionals from career jobs into opportunities for meaningful engagement.
Humans have been expanding their lifespan over the past century, but what do we do with this extra time? Sociology major Miles Sebald has been working with UMAC, a University program providing meaningful engagement for the boomer generation and fostering multigenerational learning.
How can a country’s culture and migration regulations affect an immigrant’s ability to adjust? Professor Cawo Abdi studies the diaspora of Somali people and how they’ve adjusted to their new homelands. She finds that while Somali refugees remain hopeful that they will find a sense of belonging, they face unexpected challenges when adjusting to life in a new country.
What happens when environmental groups and resource dependent workers come into conflict? Graduate student Erik Kojola has been researching tensions in the northern Minnesota Iron Range over proposed copper-nickel mines. He has found that both culture and identity play a large role in these conflicts.
Undergraduate senior Prashasti Bhatnagar’s passion for social justice and healthcare equity inspired her to create a program through the Center for Community Engaged Learning with a goal of fostering conversations around inequities and personal biases.