Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work News and Events 


Congratulations to Haiden Baier for being the recipient of the 2019 Presidential Diversity and Inclusion Student Scholarship Recipient. Haiden Baier, a graduate student of our Master of Social Work program. Baier helped the University address discrimination and stigma by playing a large role in launching the Gender Inclusive Housing Community, a living-learning community that affirms and celebrates gender identity at UNF. In an internship with the Bay Area Youth Services Juvenile Diversion Alternative Program, Baier created an LGBTQ+ based workbook for youth to help them with coming out. He facilitates the Club Can Do mentoring program at the LGBT Resource Center. Baier is working toward a master’s degree in social work.
Congratulations to Wendy Campbell for being chosen Social Work Student of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Florida Chapter. The NASW Social Work Student of the Year must have; demonstrated leadership qualities (active member of student organizations), contribution to the positive image of a social work program, commitment to political and community activities, success in academic performance, degree to which the student represents the professional ethics of social work as defined in the NASW Code of Ethics, and hold a NASW membership. Ms. Campbell was presented her award at the NASW annual awards breakfast in March.    


Congratulations to Nikki Runion being named this year’s social work student to receive the Michael J. Wilson Award for Social Justice. The Michael J. Wilson Award for Social Justice is bestowed on an outstanding student who has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to social justice by taking on an issue or challenge that will help improve services and quality of life to families in the Jacksonville community. Ms. Runion was presented her award at the NASW annual awards breakfast in March.  


Congratulations to the winners of the 18-19 COAS Dean’s Leadership Council Faculty Fellowships. Dr. Shinwoo Choi (Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work) will work on “Needs Assessment for the Emergency Management among Vulnerable and Diverse Populations in the Jacksonville Community.” Dr. Elizabeth Heuer (Art and Design) will be curating an exhibit, “Amendments: Titus Kaphar and the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens.” Dr. Frank Smith (Biology) will work on “Uncovering Tardigrade Diversity on UNF Campus.”    


Congratulations to our faculty on their publications and presentations! Great job everyone!  


Dr. Keith Ashley published “Mocama Life at Santa Cruz de Guadalquini: Persistence and Accommodation Under the Mission Bell” in Franciscans and American Indians in Pan-Borderlands Perspective: Adaption, Negotiation, and Resistance. Academy of American Franciscan History.

Dr. Mandi N. Barringer, with her colleagues David A. Gay and John Lynxwiler, presented “Cohort, Religiosity, and Attitudes Toward Legal Abortion: A Comparison of the Millennial, Generation X, and Baby Boom Cohorts” at the 2018 Southern Sociological Society Meeting in New Orleans. At the same conference, Dr. Barringer organized the paper session “Gender, Sexualities, and Religion.”

Dr. Ronald Lukens-Bull was awarded a 2018-19 academic year Fulbright Senior Scholar research grant for his project, “Pluralism as Piety: Mulism Youth, Militias, and the Value of a Diverse State in Indonesia.”

Dr. Shinwoo Choi presented her paper “Sense of Belonging as a Mediator of Racial Microaggressions and Depressive Symptoms Among Asian American Students” at the Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium (STARS) Junior Faculty Poster Competition, University of North Florida. 


 Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder, associate professor of sociology, contributed a letter to the book “WOWsdom! The Girl’s Guide to the Positive and the Possible.” The book, edited by Donna Orender, offers advice to young girls from women in leadership. The Florida Times-Union profiled the book on July 22. 



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