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Department of Sociology Spring 2017 Dear Friends,

Letter From the Chair

The 2016 presidential election laid bare a host of societal cleavages about which sociologists have much to say. Immigration, sexual harassment, race, gender, and class inequalities. These are all issues squarely within the crosshairs of our discipline, and UCLA Sociology continues to be at the forefront of efforts to bring evidence-based analysis to bear on them. Indeed, the Department hosted a Town Hall last quarter that placed much of this work on display for concerned undergraduates, graduate students, and the broader community. “Sociological Perspectives on America Under Trump” featured the work of our colleagues Karida Brown, Kevan Harris, Marcus Hunter, Aliza Luft, Vilma Ortiz, Stefan Timmermans, and Edward Walker. It was a coordinated effort to address a key question: How can sociology be used to inform our understanding of the changes associated with the current political moment in America? In addition to showcasing our Department’s wide range of research expertise on this matter, the event also echoed core values of the University of California by providing a welcoming and nurturing environment for students alarmed by the implications of real and expected policy changes. On the teaching front, our department continues to excel. Abigail Saguy was honored last quarter with the Academic Senate’s Distinguished Teaching Award, while U.S. News & World Report again ranked our graduate program within its Top 10%, this time tied for eighth with the University of Chicago. Our undergraduate internship program continues to engage students with opportunities for research outside the University, and our “Careers in Sociology” course introduces them to opportunities for applying their sociological training in the real world, after graduation.

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New Faculty Update Major of the Month Working Group Spotlight Graduate Spotlight TA Awards Teaching Award & Recent Publication News and Achievements Informational Interview Project Partnership UCLA UCLA Alumni Awards Thank You!

Speaking of graduation, we are honored to welcome Timothy Harris, Chief Operating Officer of the Los Angeles Lakers, as our commencement speaker this year. An alumnus of our Department, he joins the likes of former Obama White House staffer Kal Penn, UCLA basketball star Ann Meyers Drysdale, and philanthropist Elena Davis to provide words of wisdom and inspiration for our graduates as they embark on the next phase of their careers. The ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, June 17, 2017, at 9 am in Wilson Plaza on the UCLA campus. Please join our approximately 400 graduating seniors and more than 3000 guests to celebrate another exciting year for UCLA Sociology. Enjoy the summer, and Go Bruins!

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New Faculty Update ...A Q&A with our newest faculty

Assistant Professor Karida


What advice would you give to students who want to do well in your courses? Read, read, read, and participate. My goal is for my classes to be a community of critical discourse. In order for that to happen, we must work together to become that community; by engaging with the material and openly exchanging our ideas. Therefore, I really value when students take collective responsibility for grappling with the concepts, theories, and ideas presented in the course materials. To get that point, students must read, come to class, and contribute to the discussion. And believe me, I notice! What have you enjoyed the most about teaching at UCLA? What have some of the harder parts been? The students! I am so impressed with the caliber of undergraduate and graduate students at UCLA. I really enjoy how engaged, thoughtful, and woke the students are here. They really make teaching a pleasure. Due to the large class sizes, one of the harder parts is getting to know my undergraduate students on an inter-personal level. I really enjoy learning about students’ research interests and their goals as future leaders. Feel free to come see me in my office hours! The quarter system tends to fly by for students. How does the pace feel as a professor? All of the time and energy that I put into prepping my courses makes each quarter a very long, yet rewarding, ten weeks.

Assistant Professor Jeffrey


What advice would you give to students who want to do well in your courses? Go to class. Go to section. Do the reading. If you do the work, it’s not hard to do well in my courses. I want people to do well! Don’t be afraid of office hours, either your teaching assistants’ or mine. I like people. TAs like people. Really, all we’re doing during office hours is looking at papers we’re supposed to write and sort of wondering why suffering exists as well as regretting that we got Chinese for lunch. So come by. It’ll brighten us up. Did any of your lessons not pan out exactly as you planned? If so, how you did change your approach? All of my lessons are exquisitely crafted pies: delicious, beautiful to look at, and they make you feel a bit uncomfortable that you might have eaten too much even as you’re eager for another bite. That’s not entirely true, of course, by which I mean that my lessons are not, in fact, baked goods, which are the most important things humans have ever created and should be treated with reverence and decorum. But I have taught courses with too many slides, or without the right pace. I taught high school for three years, so I have a decent sense of how a class feels when it’s on track: it’s harder to read a room when there’s over 100 people in it, but you still have a sense. You just, adjust, you know. In that way, teaching is not like baking: once you’ve put that pie in the oven, it’s over. It works or it doesn’t. Baking is not a pastime for the faint of heart. That’s why I prefer teaching to baking that is, not to baked goods, which are clearly better than teaching. D e p a r t me n t o f S o c i o l o g y


Professor Guhin continued ... How do you see your lectures evolving over the course of the next few years? I’d like to get more student participation. I’m really impressed by what my colleague Jacob Foster is doing. I’m also open to having guest lecturers. There will be no lecture-length movies. There will probably not be live animals, but I don’t want to rule anything out, on account of an old alpaca friend of mine to whom I owe a few favors.

Assistant Professor Aliza


When you were a student, were there any teaching methods that your professors utilized that you found to be particularly effective? There is a beautiful quote in the Pirkei Avot, a compilation of ethical teachings from the Jewish Mishnaic period of 10-220 CE, that says “Who is honored? The one who gives honor to others.” Following this, one teaching method that my professors used when I was an undergraduate that felt particularly effective was honoring me as a full, and fully complex, human being. This meant that my professors treated me as someone with important ideas, unique insights, and relationships and responsibilities far beyond the classroom that impacted how I interpreted our course material in valid ways. In turn, feeling seen and significant by my professors motivated me to work hard in class because I didn’t want to disappoint them — I wanted to honor them like they honored me. I often think back to this teaching method when I organize my own classes. Students today have so many pressures and commitments, and the current political situation weighs heavy on many of them as well. I want my students to know that I see them and respect them, and also that I believe in their ability to succeed. This means starting class from a basis of mutual honoring and working to maintain that relationship throughout the quarter. Technology is playing an increasingly large role in teaching. Do you tend to utilize a lot of digital media, or do you prefer to stick to traditional lectures? I use a lot of technology! I regularly require my students to share a news or blog post, song, poem, cartoon, art, meme, youtube video — you name it — to our class website that relates to our readings and then I incorporate their posts into my lecture whenever possible. I also occasionally use short film clips in the middle of my lectures, compelling images, and stories or narratives that bring our readings to life. In my experience, when I vary the forms of technology that I use to teach, students are more likely to shift from passive note-taking to critical thinking and active problem-solving, which in turn fosters inquiry and reflection rather than rote memorization (a problem I work to avoid). What have you enjoyed the most about teaching at UCLA? What have some of the harder parts been? I feel deeply fortunate to teach at a diverse public school where students bring a range of experiences and skills to the classroom. I am, quite genuinely, very impressed with how smart and thoughtful my students are. Moreover, because I teach about violence, it’s very important to me to foster a sense of community in my classroom where students feel safe discussing contentious subjects, and I have really enjoyed the contributions my students have made to creating and strengthening our community. I am also continuously impressed with their comfort in discussing difficult topics in such a large setting. As for the harder parts, I think that adjusting to the quarter system has been difficult — these 10 weeks have gone by so fast! I also feel as if I had to climb a steep learning curve when it came to the more administrative aspects of the class: setting up our website, sending out announcements, telling students to buy scantrons for the midterm, and working with my TAs. I still have a lot to learn, but fortunately, I’ll be teaching the class again next quarter so I can begin improving the experience for my students and TAs asap.


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Major of the Month ...A new recognition for our undergraduate majors

APRIL Chelsea Dormevil Hometown Brooklyn, New York

What drives your interest in sociology? My interest for Sociology sparked when I took my first Sociology course at my community college. It altered my way of living and thinking forever, opening me up to possibilities I wouldn't otherwise consider, such as pursuing and conducting my own original research in Sociology upon transferring. My interest began to unfold as I noticed myself analyzing and applying sociological theories to my everyday life. The course began changing my interactions with peers, family, and strangers. Actually, I was quite astounded by my simmering curiosity; this was my first encounter ingesting what I learned and applying it to experiences outside of an academic requirement. My current research involves black community college students and their understanding of the financial aid process and how that may attribute to their transfer success. Along with providing me with a lens to understand the world around me, Sociology drives me to produce work that is relevant and transformative in the world I live in.

MARCH Abbiegayle Levi Hometown Beverly Hills, California What are your future career plans? The great thing about Sociology is that interests differ from one person to the next. While one may go into law, another is interested in being a teacher or in my case, going into marketing. With social media on the rise, companies are becoming increasingly creative with their approach to marketing. Every month there is a new app or meme that has caught people’s attention, and understanding the ever-changing interests is fun and challenging to keep up with. One must learn about a product or client, the target demographic, and how to utilize new technologies with each group. During the summer, I began an internship with an innovative marketing company in Santa Monica. I have been able to help with campaigns for clients across the nation in the food and interior design industries along with being put in charge of creating content for social media and blogs. In the near future, I hope to work directly with clients and plan campaigns from start to finish. As marketing and business as a whole are fast-moving fields, my plans for the more distant future are still pending. D e p a r t me n t o f S o c i o l o g y


FEBRUARY Katherine Dumangas Hometown San Diego, California Extracurriculars UCLA Office of Residential Life-Resident Assistant, Pilipinos for Community Health-Preventive Health Director, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Scholar, University of Michigan- Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP) Intern, Students for Community Outreach, Promotion, and Education (SCOPE) Fitness Instructor

What drives your interest in sociology? My interest in sociology occurred when I started my undergraduate career, when I went through a major personal challenge which altered my college experience significantly. As a first generation college student, I did not understand how the intersectionalities of race, class and gender affected me personally until I took my first sociology class. Structures implemented create unequal opportunities for many people. As a Filipina-American woman coming from an underprivileged neighborhood, I understood my role in society and how existing societal structures affected my experiences which helped construct my identity. The sociology major helped me realize that I had a voice to speak out against oppression, and it has given me the opportunity to empower my community.

JANUARY Nancy Nguyen Hometown Redlands, California Extracurriculars UCLA Baby Lab: Research Assistant, UCLA Infant Development Program: Intern, Alpha Phi Omega (Service Fraternity), Southeast Asian Campus Learning Education and Retention (SEA CLEAR), TimeOut Program: Volunteer for Alzheimer patients, Team HBV (Hepatitis B Virus)

Which Sociology classes have you enjoyed the most? My favorite sociology courses include Sociology 156 - Race and Ethnicity in American Life and Sociology 170 - Medical Sociology. Sociology 156 is one of my favorite classes taught by Professor Robinson because of the class discussions on various topics such as gentrification and race in media. I learned a lot from what other students had to say about their own experiences with race. Sociology 170 was also an excellent class because I gained more insight on the intricacies of the medical care system and how race and SES plays a role. This class inspired me to apply medical sociology to my aspirations as a psychiatrist in low SES communities.


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Working Group Spotlight

Knowledge and Cognitive Systems

The Knowledge and Cognitive Systems Working Group (KCSWG) of the UCLA Department of Sociology is in its second year of existence. The group is coordinated by students Matthew Fox, David Schieber, Pat Reilly (a PhD alum and current UCLA postdoctoral scholar) and Professors Lynne Zucker, Gabriel Rossman, and Jacob Foster. At the broadest level, the participants are interested in the sociology of knowledge, often focused on the creation of knowledge and the spread of ideas. Underpinning the area, the formation of cognitive systems rests on emergent processes that underlie diverse new areas and often include new systems of meaning and social construction of a wide range of social systems, from subareas of science to organizational forms on the structural level to processes of redefinition such as scientific method or specific acts of deviance (including inventions that redefine the area as well as fraud) that may explicitly underpin or potentially redefine these structures. They are interested in how cognitive systems develop over time and how boundaries between systems are socially constructed. Some of the fundamental topics that their past events have addressed include diffusion, legitimacy, and market construction. The wide scope of their theoretical interests has enabled the group to regularly co-organize events jointly with other working groups and seminar series in the Department of Sociology and other departments and schools on campus. For example, in conjunction with the Anderson School of Management’s Innovation and Creativity Workshop and Sociology’s Computational Sociology Working Group, they recently invited James Evans (University of Chicago) to speak about innovation in science communities. With the Innovation and Creativity Workshop and Sociology’s Contentious Politics and Organizations Working Group, they brought Brayden King (Northwestern) to discuss the influence of social movements on corporate policy. Additional speakers whom they have brought to campus as part of the Irene Flecknoe Ross Lecture Series include Steve Barley (UCSB), Woody Powell (Stanford), Kristina Lerman (USC), Peter Bearman (University of Columbia), Oliver Schilke (Arizona University), and Kanetaka Maki (National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies). They are currently working collaboratively with several working groups in our department and with USC and UCSD faculty to design and fund conference in Fall 2017.

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Dr. Kanetaka Maki. Guest Speaker

Spring 2017 is another exciting quarter for the group. They hosted a talk by Stanford’s Hayagreeva Rao on April 20th, and will host USC’s Mary Helen Immordino-Yang on May 1st, and Stanford’s David Pedulla on May 18th. In following with the tradition of co-organized events, all three of these events represent collaborations with new partners including Sociology’s Gender Working Group, Developmental Psychology and the School of Education. They look forward to continuing to widen their community of those broadly interested in knowledge and cognitive systems. Although guest lectures are an important part of the schedule, frequent events are often held that feature graduate students and faculty from the department. These events have taken the form not only of academic talks, but also proposal writing workshops, practice job talks, and short talks on research projects. New members are always welcome and if you are interested in joining , you can be added to the list serve by contacting Matt Fox at


Graduate Spotlight

Lucrecia Mena Meléndez Lucrecia Mena Meléndez, born and raised in El Salvador, completed her undergraduate degree in 2012 with a triple major in International Relations, Political Science and Sociology & Anthropology from Elmira College in New York. After college she moved to Geneva, Switzerland to attend a Master’s program in Development Studies at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID). During her time in Geneva, Lucrecia was able to utilize and improve her French language skills and work for a number of international organizations. While completing this degree, she took International Migration courses taught by Economist Slobodan Djajić, which sparked her academic interest in the topic. Living in Geneva provided the opportunity to attend migration events at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Palais des Nations, headquartered three blocks away from where she lived. This, along with personal experiences in the world of international migration led Lucrecia to pursue a career in this field.

Lucrecia is interested in continuing to work in the world of academia as a migration scholar. Although her primary focus is working at a research university, she has developed a passion for teaching as a Teaching Associate at UCLA. While her duties were mainly focused on assisting with the teaching of the courses, in the process she has mentored many undergraduate students in a variety of academic and professional projects.

Since arriving at UCLA Lucrecia has continued to explore her research interests in international migration. For her Master’s Thesis she explored the process of documentation of undocumented Mexican immigrants at the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles. She looked at the documentation process as a whole, both in the Consulate’s main offices (located in MacArthur Park) as well as through the network of mobile Consulate services that move on a monthly basis throughout Los Angeles County. Although Lucrecia had intended to utilize primarily qualitative methods for her research, she has recently been drawn into the world of quantitative and demographic research. Currently she is working on a quantitative project to understand the role of Latino parents’ citizenship status and length of residence in the United States on their children’s health status and outcomes.

During her free time Lucrecia can be found spending time with her partner, Morgan, and their fluffy cat Mr. Donut. She enjoys learning new languages and sharing her skills with conversation partners in Los Angeles, attending independent international films in local theaters, and trying the different ethnic restaurants in Los Angeles. She has begun to explore the coffee scene as a strategic way to obtain her daily caffeine and work on her projects. Lucrecia and Morgan make handmade and natural cold-process artisanal soaps, blending their two passions for the use of local ingredients and the chemistry of saponification processes.


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Teaching Assistant Awards Every year the Department of Sociology and the Sociology Graduate Student Association (SGSA) honor the graduate students who have received consistently high evaluation scores and noteworthy remarks from their students with the Excellence in Teaching Award. The winners this year were:

Leydy Diossa-Jimenez, recipient of the Peter Kollock Award

Abraham Calderon Peter Catron Karina Chavarria Leydy Diossa-Jimenez Philippe Duhart Eduardo Duran Elizabeth Gonzales Zach Griffen Andrew Herman Amelia Hill

Nicole Iturriaga Molly Jacobs Jay Johnson Annie Lee Casandra Salgado David Schieber Lina Stepick Michael Tran Gary Yeritsian

The Peter Kollock Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for the most outstanding TA was presented to Leydy Diossa-Jimenez. Teaching assistants are nominated by the Sociology Undergraduate Association (SUA), with consideration given to their teaching evaluation scores and how often they taught throughout the year.

Left to right: Darnell Hunt, Tanya Stivers, and Eduardo Duran (award recipient)

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A Special Congratulations... Professor Abigail Saguy has won the 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award, which is awarded each year by the Academic Senate Committee on Teaching. Per the Senate committee, “to receive one of only six awards out of a large number of nominees is a testament to your accomplishments as a teacher and the appreciation your students and colleagues have for you.” The goal of the UCLA Academic Senate Teaching Award is to increase awareness of UCLA's leadership in teaching and public service by honoring individuals who bring respect and admiration to the scholarship of teaching. These awards are an effective way to boost morale on campus and provide role models for faculty and students. To be nominated for the Distinguished Teaching Award is an accomplishment in itself, and winning the award further demonstrates the value in Professor Saguy’s teaching. Among the supporting documentation for her nomination, she received nearly 15 letters of recommendation from her students, peers, and teaching partners. In other news, Professor Saguy was quoted in the BBC article, “Fat People Earn Less and Have a Harder Time Finding Work,” which examined the social stigma associated with being obese.

Recent Publication Alienation and Affect Professor Emeritus Warren D. TenHouten This work traces the intellectual history of alienation, from the ancient world, through the medieval period, to the work of notable 19th–early20th Century social theorists, including Hegel, Feuerbach, Marx, Engels, Simmel, Durkheim, and Weber. It examines contemporary theory and research on alienation, particularly the seminal work of UCLA Professor Emeritus of Sociology Melvin Seeman, which ensured alienation’s central place in the social sciences. Seeman’s 1959 ASR article, “On the Meaning of Alienation,” reinvigorated alienation research and established alienation as an important concept in sociological theory. This work expands Seeman’s insights concerning five specific varieties of alienation by linking each variety to a specific emotion. The result is a partial synthesis of alienation theory and the sociology of emotions.


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Faculty in the News Jeffrey Guhin

Aliza Luft

wrote a timely and thoughtful piece on civic engagement titled “Voting is Just the First Step Towards Stopping Another Trump.” It appeared in Slate on November 8, 2016.

contributed a provocative post on Scatterplot about parallels between the normalization of state violence in Vichy France and “Trumpism.”

Stefan Timmermans Kevan Harris was featured in the popular journal New Left Review with his article "Making and Unmaking of the Greater Middle East." He was also one of 76 signatories to a report by the National Iranian American Council on a prudent postelection Iran policy featured in the New York Times. Additionally, he was quoted in an LA Times article regarding the humanitarian efforts of USAID and in an LA Weekly article regarding the common ground Jewish and Muslim Iranians share during the age of President Trump. He was also quoted in an article on Vice Music about an Iranian rock 'n roll artist.

Gail Kligman

Ed Walker was featured in an NPR 1A piece on the recent boycotts of Trump-linked companies, and how we should think about the effects of political consumerism.

Min Zhou

interviewed Chancellor Gene Block on the importance of “going global” at UCLA, which was featured on the UCLA Newsroom on November 14, 2016.

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defended sociology as the discipline most likely to survive a zombie attack for the UCLA Regents Scholar Society . The two other disciplines were biology and psychology. At the end, the audience voted and sociology won.

has received additional praise for her awardwinning book (with Professor Jennifer Lee), The Asian American Achievement Paradox. Their book has won the 2017 Association for Asian American Studies Award for Best Book in the Social Sciences. 10

Graduates in the News Alina ArsenievKoehler & Dino Chtaini

I r e n e Ve g a co-authored an article with Professor Vilma Ortiz titled, "Mexican Americans and Immigration Attitudes: A Cohort Analysis of Assimilation and Group Consciousness" in the latest issue of Social Problems. Irene has also accepted the Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship in Criminology, Law and Society at UC Irvine starting this Fall.

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were both awarded the 2017 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Ni col e Iturri aga coauthored an article with Professor Abigail Saguy titled, "'I Would Never Want to be an Only Wife': The Role of Discursive Networks and Post-Feminist Discourse in Reframing Polygamy” that was just published in Social Problems.

David Schieber was author of the article, "Money, Morals, and Condom Use: The Politics of Health in Gay and Straight Adult Film Production" in the February issue of Social Problems.

Peter Catron has been awarded the 2016 IPUMS Research Award for best contribution in the category of US research by a grad student for his article "The Citizenship Advantage: Immigrant Socioeconomic Attainment across Generations in the Age of Mass Migration.”

Sociology Alumnus Catilin Patler who is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at UC Davis, wrote the article “Citizens but for Papers: Undocumented Youth Organizations, AntiDeportation Campaigns, and the Reframing of Citizenship” that was featured in the February issue of Social Problems.

G a r y Ye r i t s i a n wrote an article featured in Critical Sociology titled “ 'Capitalism 2.0': Web 2.0 Manifestoes and the New Spirit of Capitalism.”


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Informational Interview Project Informational interviews are key to exploring professional prospects. During the Winter Quarter 18 sociology students participated in a pilot program designed to help undergrads explore career opportunities with a Sociology degree. The UCLA Department of Sociology, in partnership with Alumni Affairs, worked with students to teach informational interview skills and connect them with alumni from the department. Through this program, students built their professional network and had the opportunity to explore career options.

Students practicing informational interview skills

What is an informational interview? It is a brief meeting with someone in a career or industry that you are considering. It is a chance to get first -hand information and advice specific to your interests. In addition to gaining knowledge about the field, informational interviews allow Bruins to meet professionals and begin to establish a network of contacts.

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What professional skills did students gain from this activity? -Interviewing skills -Networking -Professional etiquette -Career planning


How do informational interviews help students? Reaching out to alumni and professionals can be scary at first! During the Informational Interview Project, students learned this important networking skill through hands-on training and experiential learning. Students were provided with training materials, a template for the informational interview, a skills training workshop, and a list of sociology alumni willing to be contacted.

Partnership UCLA Partnership UCLA bridges theory and professional practice by providing academic and experiential learning programs for students. Partnership builds connections with UCLA alumni, community members, and employers to help students develop academic and professional skills in preparation for life after university.

Collaborative Instruction In Collaborative Instruction courses, faculty and alumni work together to apply theory taught in the classroom to life after graduation. Students have the opportunity to learn more about the practical application of their degree from the first-hand experience of alumni. This spring students will meet alumni practitioners, from Affordable Care Act experts, to agents in the reality tv industry, and more.

Bruin Development Academy Through the Bruin Development Academy, students learn and practice soft-skills required to be considered for highly coveted internships or entry-level positions, and partake in hands-on professional development training designed to provide a skill set that will further distinguish them from other job candidates. Coming up in Spring: -Business Careers in Health & Biotech -Consulting Services -Education -Entertainment

Job Ready Bucket List The goal of the Job Ready Bucket List is to ready students to launch their career immediately after commencement. Students graduate with a vetted resume, networking assistance, and tailored support in using their sociology degree to meet their personal and professional goals. Students also network with guests from an accomplished pool of alumni and friends who will share their experiences and professional advice.

Interested in getting involved with these and other professional development programs? Partnership is currently recruiting alumni and community members to review resumes for students, offer informational interviews, and more. To get involved, send your brief bio to Anna Shelton, Sr. Associate Director at Partnership UCLA, at And join us at UCLA ONE, UCLA’s online gateway for mentorship, professional networking, peer driven career advice, and exclusive job leads. 13

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UCLA Alumni Awards Three Sociology alumni have been recognized for their achievements with the 2017 UCLA Alumni Awards. Since 1946 UCLA has paid tribute to its most distinguished luminaries who have lit the way for UCLA’s brightest stars to shine. From larger-than-life legends to community heroes, UCLA awards are bestowed upon Bruins who have brought great honor to the university and whose contributions impact the world.

University Service Award Pam Cysner ‘76

B.A. in Sociology, UCLA College For two decades, Pam Cysner has advised student leaders and groups at the UCLA Center for Student Programming. Ms. Cysner advises approximately 200 groups and student leaders on program and leadership development, organizational management and volunteer training. She also serves as the coordinator of a Leadership Development workshop series for UCLA’s student leadership and has led numerous workshops on conflict resolution. In the community, Ms. Cysner partners with civic organizations on training, facilitation, and consultation services in a number of areas including conflict resolution/mediation, cross cultural communication, anger management, and team building. She has taught communication techniques to middle and high school students in Inglewood through “Alternatives to Violence,” and has also worked with athletes, families, and coaches in the Westside Special Olympics.

Professional Achievement

Ann Meyers Drysdale ‘79 B.A. in Sociology, UCLA College

Ann Meyers Drysdale is a major figure in women’s basketball and sports journalism. A retired basketball player and sportscaster, she is a UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame inductee and the first player in NCAA history to record a quadruple-double. Ms. Meyers Drysdale won two WNBA titles while serving as the general manager for the Phoenix Mercury, and another as vice president for the team. As an Olympian, Ms. Meyers Drysdale led the U.S. to a silver medal at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal where women’s basketball made its Olympic debut. Ms. Meyers Drysdale was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993 and was also inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, inaugural class in 1999.

Young Alumni Volunteer of the Year 21st Soleil Delgadillo ‘09

B.A. in Sociology, UCLA College Soleil Delgadillo’s volunteer leadership focuses on underserved communities. While at UCLA, she worked with youth through a UCLA Community Service Commission organization, Project B.R.I.T.E., which helps incarcerated youth. Ms. Delgadillo has also worked with United Friends of the Children (empowering current and former foster youth) and College, Access, Readiness and Success (CARS). Ms. Delgadillo has participated in programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, LA Works and the UCLA Volunteer Center One Bus, One Cause program. At UCLA, Ms. Delgadillo serves as Scholarship Chair on the board of the UCLA Latino Alumni Association. Ms. Delgadillo graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Sociology and a M.Ed. from California State University, Long Beach.

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Thank You! The UCLA Department of Sociology is training the next generation of sociology teachers and researchers. Our graduate students win professional awards, are published in the leading journals, and obtain jobs in other top sociology departments. The competition for promising graduate students is strong and requires financial resources. You can help! We are pleased to announce the Next Generation of Sociology Leaders Fund to support our talented graduate students. Funds received by the department will go to the direct support of graduate student research through a formal application process based on need and merit. Funds will be used for direct research costs and conference travel support. You CAN make a difference in a student’s life at a critical point in time. In addition, we have established the Sociology for the 21st Century Fund to support undergraduate students in Sociology. Every dollar received by the department will be used to support undergraduates in their pursuit of a meaningful education in Sociology. One way we are using these funds is to ramp up the undergraduate Honors Program. Individualized attention to undergraduates through the Honors Program allows students to learn research methodology in more depth and to push students beyond the traditional boundaries of learning. These highly motivated students are the ones who will move into leadership positions after their education and you will know you helped provide the stepping stones of their success! There are few funds available to undergraduates for research or conference support so you can make a significant difference in an individual’s education and life trajectory. You may also contribute to the Sociology’s Chair’s Discretionary Fund. These funds strengthen our ability to attract and retain top faculty and to train the best graduate and undergraduate students. They support a variety of academic endeavors such as our active colloquia series, our faculty student working groups and departmental conferences. We provide research seed funds for promising, high-risk research projects. Annual gifts above $1,000 to the Chair’s Discretionary Fund, in addition to providing vital funds to our department, also qualify the donor for membership into the Chancellor’s Circle, while a gift above $2,500 gives you membership to the Chancellor’s Associates. For additional information and to donate, please visit:, or contact Erica Carroll at 15

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