Workshop Highlights SSU Research on Under-represented Student Groups

The Academic Advising Sub-Committee is hosting a workshop featuring SSU research on under-represented student groups with a discussion about how the campus can better support those students in various campus roles.

The workshop will be on Thursday, May 15 from 1-2:30 p.m in Darwin 30.

Included are three 10-minute research talks, a discussion of student stigma on campus by Dr. Leslie Shelton, Director of Academic Support Service, and discussion of the topics and ideas for improving the retention, experience, and graduation of underrepresented students.

Research presentations will be presented by:


Kristal Raheem, Sociology graduating senior, will present "The Experience: An Analysis of the Retention and Graduation Rate of Black Students at Sonoma State University." Raheem recently presented her paper at the Pacific Sociological Association meetings in Portland, Oregon. She also recently won the CSU Student Research Competition in the undergraduate Behavioral and Social Sciences session for this research.


Beni Merlin, Sociology graduating senior, will present his research "Dreams Unfulfilled- An Analysis of Undocumented Students at SSU and SRJC." Merlin also competed in the CSU Student Research Competition with this paper and will be presenting his research this summer at the American Sociological Association annual meetings in San Francisco.


Sheila Katz, Assistant Professor of Sociology, with Holly Phillips, a Human Development graduating senior and Sociology minor, will present "Student Parents' Experiences and Challenges at Sonoma State University."


Their information is the result of the student parent survey they conducted this spring on campus. This research will also be presented at Ohio State University at the end of May at the National Student Parent Support Symposium.

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