CWUNews FeedNews Feedhttp://www.cwu.edu/sociology/newsen-usGovernor selects Ciara White as CWU’s new student trusteehttp://www.cwu.edu/sociology/node/2583Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:31:39<p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/sociology/sites/cts.cwu.edu.sociology/files/images/Ciara%20White_Student%20Trustee%20Picture.jpg" style="width: 230px; height: 299px;"></p><p>Governor Jay Inslee today named Ciara White as the student member of the Central Washington University Board of Trustees for 2017-18.</p><p>White, 20, who will be a senior during her term, is majoring in social services with a minor in sociology, women and gender studies, and law and justice. She is a McNair Scholar and has worked as an assistant in the Office of Student Involvement.</p><p>“Ciara White has an impressive record of involvement and achievement,” Inslee said. “As a trustee, she will represent the students well and make informed decisions to benefit the entire university community.”</p><p>White, a graduate of Mount Rainier High School in Des Moines, Washington, is a former Barto Hall resident assistant and previously served as president of the Black Student Union as well as treasurer of CWU’s SISTERS! Club.</p><p>She also attended the Chavez-King Leadership Institute for Social Change and has been involved in various volunteer and mentorship programs at local middle and elementary schools. This summer, she will complete an internship at the Kent Chamber of Commerce, primarily assisting it with promoting and planning events.</p><p>“When I saw that applications were being accepted for the student trustee position, I felt compelled to apply,” she said. “I truly believe that universities have the potential to make incredible differences in students’ lives.”</p><p>White said her number one goal as student trustee will be to “make sure our students’ voices are heard at Central.” To that end, she hopes to work on improving retention rates, particularly for students of color. She would also like to help establish more outreach to non-traditional students to help them obtain an education.</p><p>“As a trustee, I will represent Washington but also provide a student viewpoint,” she continued. “Everyone has a voice and I want to be the voice of our school.”</p><p>All of the state’s six public baccalaureate institutions have a student seat on its governing bodies. The student trustees serve one-year terms and are full voting members on all issues except matters relating to hiring or discipline of personnel, tenure of faculty, and collective bargaining agreements. White’s term will end on June 30, 2018.</p><p>White was among a list of five nominees for student trustee submitted by CWU to the governor.</p><p>Media contact: Richard Moreno, director of content development, 509-963-2714, Richard.Moreno@cwu.edu.<br>Thursday, June 22, 2017</p></br>Sweet Cases CWU Social Services Class Video with Professor Strawnhttp://www.cwu.edu/sociology/node/2576Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:03:00<p><a href="/sociology/node/2577" target="_blank">Sweet Cases CWU Social Services Class Video with Professor Strawn</a></p>CWU Makes a Hard Transition a Little Easier for Local Foster Kidshttp://www.cwu.edu/sociology/node/2575Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:47:06<p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/sociology/sites/cts.cwu.edu.sociology/files/images/sociology_sweet_cases_stuffing-copy2.jpg" width="497" height="264"></p><p>Putting their educations and hearts to work, Central Washington University students created special duffle bags, called Sweet Cases, for local children entering foster care.</p><p>Student volunteers from the departments of sociology, family and child life, law and justice, and social services huddled together around a large conference table to decorate and assemble 30 Sweet Cases.</p><p>This project is especially meaningful for Starlett Burnett, a recent CWU social sciences and psychology minor graduate and former foster child.</p><p>“I remember moving and having to shove all of my personal belongings into black garbage bags,” said Burnett of her five years in the foster care system. “It’s good for them (foster children) not to feel like garbage.”</p><p>Each year, about 400,000 children are placed in foster care nationally; 30 to 40 here in Kittitas County, according to Jessica Strawn, senior faculty lecturer in the departments of sociology and social services.</p><p>When children are removed from their parent or guardian for safety reasons, they leave their home abruptly and with few belongings packed in whatever is handy, often a trash bag.</p><p>When entering a new and unfamiliar foster home, something as simple as a new decorated duffle of their own can make the transition that much easier.</p><p>CWU students were moved by this knowledge and decided to band together to make a difference.</p><p>“The community donated dollars, students give of their time, and children get the benefit,” said Strawn.</p><p>The full $750 ask was raised through the online fundraising campaign Together We Rise, with much of the money donated by former foster parents and CWU alumni. In just 10 days their fundraising goal was met, surpassing the original 30-day goal. The donations went to purchase 30 mid-sized duffle bags, personal items, and fabric markers.</p><p>Once decorated, each bag was filled with a blanket, hygiene kit, a special stuffed animal, and a pair of CWU mittens. The Sweet Cases will be given to the local Division of Children and Family Services to be distributed to new foster kids in Kittitas County.</p><p>Strawn explained that among the project goals is to expose students to their many career options. As important, is to have them apply their energy in the field as soon as possible.</p><p>“We’re (CWU) passionate about creating a connection between energy on campus and the need in the community,” Strawn said.</p><p>Through their chosen profession as future social services professionals, there will be ample opportunities to help their communities. As is the case for Burnett.</p><p>Burnett now works for Triumph Treatment Services in Yakima as a Parent-Child Assistance Program (P-CAP) advocate. She finds herself on the opposite side of the foster care system—assisting women and their families with community resources to address a myriad of issues.</p><p>And as for the students working toward their degrees…they are actively putting their energies to work to provide some stability and a smile to local foster children here in Kittitas County.</p><p>For information on degrees and certificates in sociology or social services, visit their program web pages.</p><p>If you wish to donate to the Sweet Cases fundraising effort or learn about ways to help foster children, contact Jessica Strawn at 509-963-1370 or jessica.strawn@cwu.edu.</p><p>Photo:&nbsp; CWU students holding the newly decorated and stuffed Sweet Cases.</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator, 509-963-1484, dawn.alford@cwu.edu.</p>CWU Makes a Hard Transition a Little Easier for Local Foster Kidshttp://www.cwu.edu/sociology/node/2574Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:29:17<p><img style="margin: 3px; width: 500px; height: 150px;" alt="Young girl sitting next to plastic bag" src="/sociology/sites/cts.cwu.edu.sociology/files/images/kids-not-trash.png">Putting their educations and hearts to work, Central Washington University social services students are creating special duffle bags, called Sweet Cases, for local children entering foster care.</p><p>Student volunteers will commence decorating 30 Sweet Cases at noon on January 12th near the fourth-floor commons area of Farrell Hall.</p><p>This project is especially meaningful for Starlett Burnett, a recent CWU social sciences and psychology minor graduate and former foster child.</p><p>“I remember moving and having to shove all of my personal belongings into black garbage bags,” said Burnett of her five years in the foster care system. “It’s good for them (foster children) not to feel like garbage.”</p><p>Each year, about 400,000 children are placed in foster care nationally; 30 to 40 here in Kittitas County, according to Jessica Strawn, senior faculty lecturer in the departments of sociology and social services.</p><p>When children are removed from their parent or guardian for safety reasons, they leave their home abruptly and with few belongings packed in whatever is handy, often a trash bag.</p><p>When entering a new and unfamiliar foster home, something as simple as a new decorated duffle of their own can make the transition that much easier.</p><p>CWU students were moved by this knowledge and decided to band together to make a difference.</p><p>“The community donated dollars, students give of their time, and children get the benefit,” said Strawn.</p><p>The full $750 ask was raised through the online fundraising campaign Together We Rise, with much of the money donated by former foster parents and CWU alumni. The donations went to purchase 30 mid-sized duffle bags, personal items, and fabric markers.</p><p>Once decorated, each bag will be filled with a blanket, hygiene kit, and a special stuffed animal. The Sweet Cases will be given to the local Division of Children and Family Services to be distributed to new foster kids in Kittitas County.</p><p>Strawn explained that among the project goals is to expose students to their many career options. As important, is to have them apply their energy in the field as soon as possible.</p><p>“We’re (CWU) passionate about creating a connection between energy on campus and the need in the community,” Strawn said.</p><p>Through their chosen profession as future social services professionals, there will be ample opportunities to help their communities. As is the case for Burnett.</p><p>Burnett now works for Triumph Treatment Services in Yakima as a Parent-Child Assistance Program (P-CAP) advocate. She finds herself on the opposite side of the foster care system—assisting women and their families with community resources to address a myriad of issues.</p><p>And as for the students working toward their degrees…they are actively putting their energies to work to provide some stability and a smile to local foster children here in Kittitas County.</p><p>For information on degrees and certificates in <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/sociology/">sociology</a> or <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/student-achievement/social-services">social services</a>, visit their program web pages.</p><p>If you wish to donate to the Sweet Cases fundraising effort or learn about ways to help foster children, contact Jessica Strawn at 509-963-1370 or <a href="mailto:jessica.strawn@cwu.edu">Jessica.strawn@cwu.edu</a>.</p><p>Photo credit:&nbsp; photo of child is courtesy of Together We Rise.</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator, 509-963-1484, <a href="mailto:dawn.alford@cwu.edu">dawn.alford@cwu.edu</a>.</p><p>--January 10, 2017</p></a href="mailto:jessica.strawn@cwu.edu"></a href="mailto:dawn.alford@cwu.edu">Why We Still Need Ethnic Studieshttp://www.cwu.edu/sociology/node/2570Fri, 15 Jul 2016 09:00:55<p><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susan-m-shaw/why-we-still-need-ethnic-_b_9009954.html" target="_blank">http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susan-m-shaw/why-we-still-need-ethnic-_b_9009954.html</a></p>Dr. Pichardo to Introduce Black Film Series - Slavery By Another Namehttp://www.cwu.edu/sociology/node/2563Thu, 05 Nov 2015 13:00:49<p>Thursday, November 12, 2015 Black Hall 151 Film begins at 6:30 with introduction by Dr. Nelson Pichardo, Director of Ethnic Studies at Central Washington University.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/sociology/sites/cts.cwu.edu.sociology/files/images/SlaveryByAnotherName%20%28002%29.png" style="width: 388px; height: 600px;"></p>CWU sociology grad giving back at St. Andrew’s Catholic Churchhttp://www.cwu.edu/sociology/node/2556Mon, 21 Sep 2015 08:38:16<p>Alejandra Tejeda has lived to serve her community and church through one word: joy. This summer, Tejeda received her degree in social work with a minor in sociology from Central Washington University.</p><p>“Jesus, others and you,” the 23-year-old said, sitting in her office at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="http://www.dailyrecordnews.com/members/cwu-grad-giving-back-at-st-andrew-s-catholic-church/article_fedbf836-5e5b-11e5-8046-7361fbe5ab7a.html">Daily Record</a>.</p><p><br>&nbsp;</p></br>McNair Scholars, Sociology Students Compete, Excelhttp://www.cwu.edu/sociology/node/2472Mon, 01 Jul 2013 14:21:58<p>The CWU Sociology Department proudly recognizes its students who participated in the McNair Scholars’ Program and in the Symposium On University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) during the 2012-2013 academic year. Below is a list of students and their mentors and their research studies, poster, and oral presentations. Student names are in boldface; names of their faculty mentor(s) follow.</p><p>McNair Scholars’ Program:<br><strong>Diane Buchanan</strong>— Eric Cheney—Thesis title is: “Global Trade Patterns of Trafficking in Persons.”</p><p><br>SOURCE:<br><strong>Danait Tafere</strong>—Michael Mulcahy—Poster Title, “Local-Level Analysis of Multinational Corpora-tions in Less Developed Countries.” Winner of University Centers Best Poster Presentation Award.<br><strong>Nicholas Pucci</strong>—Nelson Pichardo—Oral Presentation, “Tanned and Ripped: The Growth of Male Objectification.”<br><strong>Brian Grimmer</strong>—Eric Cheney—Poster Title: “A Study of Gender within the Cannabis Market.”<br><strong>Brian Grimmer</strong>—Nelson Pichardo—Oral Presentation, “A comparative Study of Urban and Rural Cannabis Politics.”<br><strong>Michael Lee</strong>—Nelson Pichardo, Pamela McMullin-Messier, and Tracey Hoover—Poster Title, “Conducting Social Research: The Occupy Movement in the Pacific Northwest.”<br><strong>Samantha Jackle</strong>—Mike Harrod, Sociology and Kara I Gabriel, Psychology—Oral Presen-tation, “Evaluating the Perceptions of Psychology and Sociology Majors by University Undergraduates.” Nominated for SOURCE 2013 Scholar of the Year Award.<br><strong>Rebecca Webster</strong>—Mike Harrod—Oral Presentation, “The Relationship Between Homeschooling and Child Abuse.”<br><strong>Tyler Cummings</strong>—Mike Harrod—Oral Presentation, “The Relationship Between Artificial Social Environments and Deviance.”<br><strong>Aleisha Sebastian</strong>—Laura Appleton—Oral Presentation, “Inside the Fish Bowl: Application of Sociological Theory to Observations of State Government.”<br><strong>Neko Phillips</strong>—Pamela McMullin-Messier—Oral Presentation, “Gender Representations and Stereotypes on Gamers and Games.” Nominated for SOURCE 2013 Scholar of the Year Award.</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>