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Together, we investigate and advocate

In the Department of Sociology, together we learn, investigate, discover, advocate, and solve. From food systems to food insecurity, cotton in Africa to water on the Western Slope of Colorado, students and faculty are engaged in understanding the structural, societal, and cultural issues that impact people.  

Winter 2020

Economic viability and the health of a community: Tackling wicked problems begins at the kitchen table

What’s a small town to do when their economic breadwinner – oil and gas – disappears? Some towns consider hosting a prison, but the environmental, economic, and community impact is significant and can drive townspeople apart. Through stories and anecdotes, criminologists and environmental sociologists study the community conversations and outcomes of such a vexsome issue. 

Winter 2019/Spring 2020

Sowing the seeds of scrutiny: Are GMOs good, bad, or in between?

Debates around the risks and benefits of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been going on for decades, yet opinion remains divided. As the second African nation to commercialize GM crops, and the first to involve significant numbers of small-scale farmers, Burkina Faso has become the focus of this debate. Jessie Luna examines the impact and the effects of GMOs as well as how their usage has been portrayed in the media.

Spring 2019

Drone-captured protest art about social inequality in the Choice City

Fort Collins is often called the “Choice City,” but for whom? In Dr. Josh Sbicca’s Social Movements course, students are asked to look at the social inequalities in Fort Collins and create protest art as a result. By using drones to capture images, sounds, and voices and editing software to create meaning, tell a story, and call for social change, students are using technology to take a new look at the Choice City.

Winter 2018

Sociologists ensure water equity flows near and far

Water equity is one of the 21st century’s key environmental justice issues. Sociologists work directly with water stakeholders, including farmers, engineers, urban developers, conservationists, lawmakers, and more to bridge communication gaps and ensure that legal, economic and social barriers are considered when policies and collaborative efforts are designed and implemented.

Spring 2018

Discussing Diversity over Dinner: How Food Systems and Communities Interact

Diversity of food is about more than how many different vegetables and fruits you can fit on your plate. In an interdisciplinary collaboration, CSU faculty are researching the linkage between rural and urban communities and how those diverse worlds impact the food on your dinner table.

Winter 2017

One Crayon at a Time: Making a difference for refugee children

After seeing waste at a Chili’s restaurant, environmentalist Chelsea Champ Lopez found a new use for the used crayons: helping refugee children in Jordan.