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BERKELEY CONNECT in SOCIOLOGY

The Berkeley Connect program opens up the extraordinary resources of the university to you: the extraordinary students on our campus. By joining, you will become part of a community of like-minded faculty, mentors, and students that will provide a supportive environment in which to exchange and discuss ideas and goals. Berkeley Connect will help you to make the most of your time at the university as you learn more about the major in Sociology. We’re excited to get to know you!

Message from the Director

Cristina MoraHave you ever wished for an intellectual mentor who knows all the ins and outs of Sociology, both at Berkeley and in the world? Or wanted to meet other sociology undergrads in a setting that didn’t involve grades and homework?  Or imagined figuring out what it actually means to read or argue like a sociologist?  These are just some of the things you’ll be able to do if you join Berkeley Connect in Sociology.As Director of the Berkeley Connect in Sociology, I am excited about the program because it is one of the best ways I can envisage to help our students succeed and thrive at Berkeley and beyond.

Professor G. Cristina Mora
Director, Berkeley Connect in Sociology

Program Description

Berkeley Connect links undergraduate students with experienced mentors in Sociology. These mentors lead small groups of 10-20 students in regular meetings; they also meet with students one-on-one to provide guidance and advice. The core of the Berkeley Connect program is a one-credit, pass-fail course that is designed to create a community of students with similar intellectual interests. There is no homework associated with Berkeley Connect: no exams, no papers, no quizzes. Instead, small group meetings focus on sharing ideas and learning new skills within the Sociology major as a way to foster friendships and provide a supportive intellectual community for Berkeley undergraduates.The only requirement for joining Berkeley Connect in Sociology is that you have an interest in the field of study. You do not have to be a major in order to participate! Undeclared freshmen and sophomores are welcome, along with entering junior transfers and juniors and seniors who have declared the major.

Every semester, Berkeley Connect sponsors a wide range of activities and events for participating students.  They include:

  • small-group meetings led by your mentor;
  • one-on-one meetings with your mentor;
  • special events, including informal lectures by professors and guest speakers, and panels on career options, graduate school admissions, and other topics;
  • and visits to Berkeley resources.

At the heart of Berkeley Connect is the relationship between you and your mentor. The Berkeley Connect mentors are advanced graduate students s in Sociology, who are chosen both for their demonstrated commitment to undergraduates and for their scholarly achievement. They are dedicated to providing the kind of close-knit community and one-on-one attention that can be hard to find at a large university.

When you sign up for Berkeley Connect, you will join one of several small groups of participants in Sociology. Your small group will be led by your mentor, and will meet every other week during the semester for an hour-long dinner discussion sessions. Discussions will focus on key intellectual issues within Sociology as well as key skills you need to succeed in the major. Above all, the small groups will focus on building connections among students, so that each group becomes a supportive community for all participants.

You will also meet with your mentor one-on-one at least twice during the semester, once to get acquainted, and a second time just before Tele-Bears, to discuss your plans for completing your major. Your mentor also has office hours every other week, during which you are free to show up and ask questions, talk over your day or your week, discuss what you are learning in class, or just have an informal conversation.

Faculty

G. Cristina Mora (Director)Cristina Mora completed her B.A. in Sociology at UC Berkeley in 2003 and earned her PhD in Sociology from Princeton University in 2009. Before returning to Cal, she was a Provost Postdoctoral Scholar in Sociology at the University of Chicago. Professor Mora’s research focuses mainly on questions of racial and ethnic categorization, organizations, and culture. Her forthcoming book, Making HIspanics, will be published by the University of Chicago Press and provides a socio-historical account of the emergence and diffusion of the “Hispanic/Latino” panethnic category in the United States. She is currently working on two new projects. The first examines how national Latino political organizations in the United States and Spain develop and implement panethnic agendas. The second assess clinical studies to explore how the rise of a HIspanic panethnic category influenced the discourse about race and medicine in the United States and abroad.  In addition, Professor Mora’s research on culture focuses on immigrant religion, as well as on the diffusion of Pentecostalism in Latin America. Her work is forthcoming or has been published in venues like the American Sociological Review, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Latino Studies, and Poetics.

Berkeley Connect Mentors

Isabel Garcia ValdiviaIsabel Garcia Valdivia is a PhD candidate in Sociology.

Where did you grow up?

Joliet, IL

Where did you go to college and what was your major?

Pomona College (Claremont, CA), Chicanx Latinx Studies and Sociology

How would you describe your research in a sentence or two?

I study how older Mexican-origin adults come to understand their immigration status and its effects on their daily lives (social, economic, emotional) and how they experience shifts as they move from middle adulthood to late adulthood.


Jasmine SandersJasmine Sanders is a PhD candidate in Sociology.

Where did you grow up?

Mobile, Alabama

Where did you go to college and what was your major?

Spelman College in Atlanta, GA; I was an English major.

How would you describe your research in a sentence or two?

My overarching research interests are organizations, culture, and inequality. My current research explores the decline in NCAA Division I athletes who identify as first-generation college students and uses an organizational lens to understand the role of culture, access and privilege.


Trinel TorianTrinel Torian is a PhD candidate in Sociology.

Where did you grow up?

Queens, NY

Where did you go to college and what was your major?

Colgate University, Sociology & Political Science

How would you describe your research in a sentence or two?

I study the cultural, organizational, and political factors that influenced the implementation of affirmative action in elite public college admissions from the 1960s to the early 2000s.


Semester Activities

Instruction begins: Wednesday, August 26 2020

All Sessions and Meetings Over Zoom

  1. Week of September 1

OPENING MEETING, TUES, September 1, 5 p.m.

  1. Week of Sept. 7

Instruction begins: Wednesday, August 26 2020

All Sessions and Meetings Over Zoom

  1. Week of September 1

OPENING MEETING, TUES, September 1, 5 p.m.

  1. Week of Sept. 7

Small groups #1

Introductions

First small group meetings: Introductions

  1. Week of Sept. 14

Meet Your Mentor:  one-on-one meetings with Berkeley Connect Mentors

  1. Week of Sept. 21

Small groups #2

Student Savvy: How to get the most out of your classes, talk to your professors, be productive and do the work without letting it get you down.

  1. Week of Sept. 28

Meet Your Mentor, continued:  one-on-one meetings with Berkeley Connect Mentors

  1. Week of October 5

Small groups #3

The Sociological Imagination

  1. Week of Oct. 12

Wednesday  Oct. 14 Undergraduate Research Panel – 5-6pm

Office Hours

  1. Week of October 19

Small groups #4

Charting Your Intellectual Path: Internships, Research Apprenticeships, and Choosing Courses

  1. Week of Oct. 26

Office Hours

  1. Week of Nov 2

Small groups #5

Writing like a Berkeley sociologist

  1. Week of Nov. 9

            Nov. 9  Panel: How and Why I Became at Berkeley Sociology Professor 

Office Hours

Wed, November 11: Veterans Day Holiday

  1. Week of Nov. 16

Small groups #6

Sociological Keywords

  1. Week of Nov. 23

Office Hours

  1. Week of Nov 30

Small groups #7

Conclusions and Looking Forward

Small groups #1

Introductions

First small group meetings: Introductions

  1. Week of Sept. 14

Meet Your Mentor:  one-on-one meetings with Berkeley Connect Mentors

  1. Week of Sept. 21

Small groups #2

Student Savvy: How to get the most out of your classes, talk to your professors, be productive and do the work without letting it get you down.

  1. Week of Sept. 28

Meet Your Mentor, continued:  one-on-one meetings with Berkeley Connect Mentors

  1. Week of October 5

Small groups #3

The Sociological Imagination

  1. Week of Oct. 12

Wednesday  Oct. 14 Undergraduate Research Panel – 5-6pm

Office Hours

  1. Week of October 19

Small groups #4

Charting Your Intellectual Path: Internships, Research Apprenticeships, and Choosing Courses

  1. Week of Oct. 26

Office Hours

  1. Week of Nov 2

Small groups #5

Writing like a Berkeley sociologist

  1. Week of Nov. 9

            Nov. 9  Panel: How and Why I Became at Berkeley Sociology Professor 

Office Hours

Wed, November 11: Veterans Day Holiday

  1. Week of Nov. 16

Small groups #6

Sociological Keywords

  1. Week of Nov. 23

Office Hours

  1. Week of Nov 30

Small groups #7

Conclusions and Looking Forward

Schedule

To find sections in the upcoming semester, search the Schedule of Classes for Sociology 98BC (for first-year and sophomores) or 198BC (for juniors and seniors).

To help you meet other students who share your experiences and perspectives, Berkeley Connect sections are designated as lower division (first-year students and sophomores), new junior transfers, and upper division (juniors and seniors), but you can enroll in any section that fits your schedule and credit requirements.

How to Sign Up

To participate in Berkeley Connect in Sociology, you enroll in a designated section of Sociology 98BC or 198BC (one unit, taken on a Pass/Not Pass basis). Many students chose to enroll for more than one semester. Participation is NOT restricted to declared majors.To sign up, enroll in a Berkeley Connect section when course registration opens.  Please see the Berkeley Connect sections listed above under “Schedule.”

**Read the schedule notes carefully—different sections are designated as primarily for lower-division (freshmen and sophomores), upper-division (juniors and seniors), or junior transfer students.

If you are interested in participating in Berkeley Connect, but course registration is not currently open, you can join the Berkeley Connect Mailing List, and you will be sent more details when the next semester’s information becomes available.

Contact Us

Please see our FAQs.  If you have additional questions about Berkeley Connect in Sociology, please contact: G. Cristina Mora, Faculty Director, cmora@berkeley.edu.

You can also contact the central Berkeley Connect office  at berkeleyconnect@berkeley.edu or (510)664-4182.

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