Sociology Colloquium ft. Brian Sargent

The Sociology Department presents…

Racial Optimism, Policy Foreclosure, and the Derailment of Progressive Policy

Dr. Brian Sargent

Wednesday, January 18th, 3:30-4:30 in Savery Hall 409

Please join us for the presentation, and a chance to meet with Brian after the talk!

Abstract: “Racial Optimism, Policy Foreclosure, and the Derailment of Progressive Policy”
Much of the scholarly literature on progressive policy failure has focused on the internal, formal limits of bureaucratic structure and the informal, political challenges outside of a regulatory bureaucracy.  In this talk, I will highlight the ways in which informal bureaucratic processes interact with the formal structures of an organization to inhibit successful policy implementation.  This process, which I call policy foreclosure, reveals new forms of policy limitation and potential new avenues for resistance.  Using the case of the Federal Reserve’s early attempts to implement the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977, the talk will focus on the Federal Reserve’s efforts to encourage financial commitments from banks to increase community lending.  These commitments, while statutorily unenforceable, became the primary mechanism for regulatory action.  The talk will explore the bureaucratic causes of the Federal Reserve’s preference for commitments and their consequences for communities and banks.  The discussion of policy foreclosure will pay special attention to the politics of a future-leaning orientation in matters of racial domination.
Brian Sargent received his PhD from the Department of Sociology, Northwestern University (2016) and is currently working with Dr. Alexes Harris as a Post-Doc on her Multi-State Monetary Sanctions in Criminal Justice research project. 
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Internship with Seattle City Light! Application due Feb. 21st by 4:00 PM

Are you looking for an internship? How about one that focuses on the intersect between the environment, race, and social justice? 


Seattle City Light is looking for an intern that will work directly in implementing and embedding an environmental equity and social justice lens within the environmental program and policies at Seattle City Light.

Job Title: Environmental Equity Intern

Salary: $16.12-$19.76 hourly

Location: Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave, Seattle, WA

Job Type: College Intern

When: June 2017 through June 2018. Candidate must be able to work 40 hours/week in the summer and up to 20 hours/week when classes are in session. Hours will be flexible to accommodate class schedule.

Closing date: 2/21/17 at 4:00 PM

Job Responsibilities:

During this internship, the intern will be specifically responsible for:

  • Developing program marketing materials with guidance from program staff and the communications team
  • Creating and delivering PowerPoint presentations t key internal city of Seattle and community stakeholders
  • Assisting in developing of training materials
  • Assisting in the facilitation of Environmental Equity and Race and Social Justice training for City Light Staff and key internal and community stakeholders
  • Assisting in the development of community outreach strategies
  • Attending community events

Qualifications:  Continue reading

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Upcoming Winter Undergraduate Workshops

Winter Scholarship Workshops for Undergraduates


Learn more & sign up at

Scholarships 101: Search & Apply with a Competitive Edge

*Perfect for 1st and 2nd year undergrads! Designed for students early in their UW career, this introductory workshops provides students with information to begin their scholarship search and develop a competitive edge for merit based scholarships

 Scholarships 201: Undergraduate scholarships & graduate fellowships

*Great for 3rd, 4th and 5th year undergraduates!  Join us to learn about discipline specific scholarships, national funding opportunities & tips to develop competitive applications.

 Curriculum Vitae Writing Workshop: Make your CV and stand out!

*Bring a working draft, such as an existing resume and a list of activities and use this workshop to build a solid foundation to your CV.

 Personal Statement Writing Workshop

*Whether applying to your major, to a scholarship or to a graduate program, you’ll want to have a strong personal statement. This workshop will provide you with essential information to begin crafting and drafting your personal statement.

 Getting Great Letters of Recommendation

*Help your recommenders help you! During this workshop we’ll discuss strategies for building strong relationships and managing the “ask” for your letters.

The UW Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards advisers also offer individual advising for undergrads throughout the scholarship search and application process. Learn more and request an advising appointment on our website:

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CSSCR Data Courses

Looking to learn a new statistical software? Want to brush up on the skills you already have? Looking for a good way to start preparing for graduate school in the social sciences? 


The Center for Social Science Computation and Research at the University of Washington offers several ***FREE** classes each quarter in various computer packages for analyzing data including Stata, R, SAS, and SPSS. Check out the upcoming courses below, or visit their website to learn more! 

Winter 2017

R Graphics Using ggplot2


This class is an introduction to the popular graphics package ggplot2. We will discuss the structure of the ggplot2, including the basic elements of the underlying grammar and how plots can be built-up in a layered fashion. We will then use ggplot2 to produce number of different plots, such as line graphs, histograms, and boxplots. Attendees will be assumed to have basic familiarity with R.
Instructor: Colin Beam, CSSCR Consultant
Date: Thursday, 12 Jan 2017
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm Place: Savery 121
Register here.

Introduction to SAS


This introductory class will cover basic features and some data cleaning and recoding of variables in SAS. The topics include: an overview of the SAS system; how to read/enter data, modify, explore and manage data; and some basic data recoding and variable creation.
Instructor: Nikki Gurley, CSSCR Consultant
Date: Friday, Jan 13, 2017
Time: 12:30pm – 1:20pm Place: Savery 121
Register here.


Click here to register for courses.

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Internship with Environment Washington!

Looking for an Internship? Interested in the environment? What about climate change? 


Intern with Environment Washington on our solar cities campaign!

Climate change is the single biggest crisis facing our generation. It has severe implications for our health, economy, national security and most other aspects of our lives, and we’re already seeing the fallout. Whether it be wildfires in the Western US that destroy property and make it impossible for people to go outside, or the increased severity and prevalence of superstorms on the East Coast, we’re feeling the impacts of climate change.

So what can we do about it? We know that climate change is tightly linked to carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels, and we know that we need to make serious investments in renewable energy to stave off its worst effects. Our new administration and Congress will likely hinder our ability to take large strides nationally in the next several years, so we’re redoubling our efforts right here in our backyard, by promoting solar energy in counties and municipalities across Washington. We’re going to be working to get city councils in Ellensburg and Snohomish to make ambitious solar commitments.

We’re currently hiring interns to help run our solar cities campaign. As an intern with Environment Washington you can build your resume while learning awesome skills like how to organize a press conference, write a letter to the editor, run a petition drive and/or plan an event.

 For more information and to fill out an interest form:

Questions? Contact:

 Sarah Lukins

Campaign Organizer | Environment Washington

(206) 708-4939

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UAA Peer Advising — HIRING!

Are you an organized individual? Do you like helping out other students? Are you interested in advising or becoming an adviser one day?


The Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA) Advising team is looking to hire Peer Advisers for the 2017-2018 academic year! Application Due February 3rd at 11:59PM

Department Description:

UAA Advising is a centralized advising office that serves all new and current UW students, returning UW students, and prospective transfer students. As educators, advisers in the office guide and support students in exploring, questioning, and navigating the events and significance of their undergraduate education.

Peer Adviser Responsibilities:

UAA Advising seeks to hire undergraduate Peer Advisers for the 2017-2018 academic year. Diversity is a core value and foundational concept in our unit, and we are committed to building an inclusive and diverse staff and student community. Under the guidance of UAA Academic Advisers, Peer Advisers will:

  • Work in close collaboration with academic advising staff to support students in Undergraduate Academic Affairs Advising
  • Provide one-on-one drop in advising to pre-major students
  • Manage the office’s advising email account
  • Help students navigate and gain awareness of the UW’s registration policies, general degree requirements, and the Areas of Knowledge
  • Guide students in accessing the many academic resources available at the UW such as MyPlan, DARS, and academic support services
  • Support students with course scheduling
  • Provide appropriate referrals to departmental advisers and campus offices (such as Financial Aid, Registrar’s Office, Health and Wellness, etc.)
  • Prepare and facilitate academic support workshops focusing on the exploration of majors, registration, and pre-professional (pre-health, pre-law, pre-nursing) preparation
  • Support the office’s social media presence
  • Learn, understand, and interpret Federal, State, and University rules and regulations
  • Complete administrative responsibilities including the creation of marketing materials, presentations, and data entry
  • Special projects as assigned


Position Hours and Pay Rate: 

  • $15/hour
  • Work Study Students eligible to apply
  • 6-10 hours per week
  • September 2017 – June 2018

Upcoming Information Sessions: 

  • January 12, 4-5 pm in MGH 258
  • January 18, 4-5pm in MGH 258
  • January 23, 4-5pm in MGH 258

To Apply: Submit application via Catalyst. Mandatory Group Interview: Feb. 16th-24th. Individual Interviews will take place Feb. 21st-24th. Read the full job announcement here: uaa_peer_advising

Questions? Contact Kyla Krueger,

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AKD Coffe & Donuts! TODAY, 9am!

Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society Presents…



The Sociology Department, as sponsored by Alpha Kappa Delta*, will be giving away FREE Starbucks coffee and TopPot donuts to Sociology majors (and their friends) in the Sociology Advising Office TODAY (1/12/17).  It’s our way of wishing you a belated  “Happy New Year” and jump-starting what will hopefully be a great Winter Quarter!

Please stop by Savery 203 (Student Services Office) any time after 9am and grab a treat. When they’re gone, they’re gone.

*Both AKD members and non-members are invited to share in the snacks!

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