Whittier College Students Share Sociological Perspectives on Global Issues

Friday, May 2, 2014

Whittier College studentsAssistant Professor of Sociology Julie Collins-Dogrul and six Whittier students were among the attendees at the 85th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association (PSA), (Un)Changing Institutions:  Work, Family, and Gender in the New Economy, held in Portland, Oregon earlier this spring.

For their presentations, Whittier students took diverse approaches on topics that provided both sociological perspectives and insights on various topics faced by modern society.

Presentations included:

  • “Place-making in Sociobiological Networks: The Asian Longhorned Beetle in Worcester, Massachusetts.” 

    – Carlee Shults ’14, Whittier Scholars Program major

  • “Home Schooling is Heaven, Not Harvard”: The Worldviews of Home Schooling Families.”

     – Danielle Webster '14, Sociology major

  • “Examining Fitness Stations On the Whittier Greenway Trail: Reversing Negative Health Effects of Urban Sprawl.”

    – Bobbi Marie Mendoza ’14, Business Administration major and Julia Marino ’14, Sociology major

  • “‘Why Not Have a Pink M-16?’ A Gender And Work Analysis of Women in Combat Discourse”

    -- Professor Julie Collins-Dogrul, Melanie Molinaro ’14, English major,  and Jaimis Ulrich '15, Anthropology/Sociology major

students with authorEstablished in 1929, PSA is the oldest and largest regional sociological association in the United States. PSA promotes networking and professional development by providing a venue for sharing research, teaching practices and applied work. The annual spring meeting hosts a slate of 200 sessions that attracts sociologists from the Pacific coast, Transmountain West, Canada, Mexico and beyond.