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Student Organization

2019-2020 UMSA Officers
President: Kenzie Maybrun
Vice-President: Michael Magnusson
Ex Officio: Cali Wery
Secretary: Michael Huynh
Treasurer: Jill Roth
Social Media/PR Officer: Teagan Yedica
Executive Board:  Samantha Holtz,
Elizabeth Schmitgen 

University of Minnesota Sociological Association (UMSA) is a place for sociology majors and minors to interact with fellow undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty in a supportive, collaborative, and intellectual environment.

Sociology's student organization:

  • provides a voice for the needs of sociology majors and minors on campus
  • organizes programs of interest to sociology students
  • facilitates understanding and interactions among undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty
  • is committed to valuing a diversity of viewpoints and experiences

Activities, Events, and Panels

UMSA meets monthly and organizes events that offer useful academic and educational information to sociology undergraduates as well as opportunities for networking with sociology graduate students, staff, and faculty.

Our main events include informational panels for sociology undergraduates including a graduate school panel, a UROP panel, and a career panel. We also host faculty speaker lectures and social events including dinner and a movie nights, as well as socials that are open to the entire sociology department and the University's graduate and undergraduate student body.

Get Involved

The best way to get involved in our student group is to attend the events organized by UMSA officers. If you are interested in helping to plan events, email our officers at We also post our upcoming events on Facebook and in the sociology department's e-newsletter. Attending events regularly constitutes membership of UMSA, and all events are open to all sociology majors and minors. There is no application or fee to join.

Check out our announcement
board on the ground floor between
the Social Sciences Building and
Blegen Hall for the most current
UMSA information!

You can also find us on Facebook
and in the Student Union &
Activities directory

Recent Events

  • Dinner and a movie/TV show with Orange is the New Black & Russia's Toughest Prisons.
  • Informational dinner with CLA Career Services on how to get a job after graduation and find resume-writing help on campus.
  • Dinner with an Eagan police officer, including a Q&A about life as a patrol officer, Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) questions, and more!
  • Welcome reception for sociology's new and visiting faculty on the plaza outside the Social Sciences Building, followed by pizza and a movie. These events are great ways to meet other students. (And enjoy the occasional Chipotle burrito!)
  • Members from various law enforcement departments met with students who are considering law enforcement careers.
  • Faculty panel discussing upcoming courses of interest to students.
  • Instructors shared tips on how to successfully prepare for the sociology senior project.
  • Round table discussion with majors who had recently returned from study abroad in countries including Ecuador, Korea, Australia, France, Spain, and India.
  • Guest speaker from the Bloomington Police Department, Commander Ryan, spoke about Homeland Security and Emergency Management in Minnesota.
  • Alumnus lecture from former sociology honors student Dallas Drake, Principal Researcher and Cofounder of the Center for Homicide Research, on understanding homicide in general and the unique aspects associated with homicides involving the GLBT community.