Giving Blueday is March 13, 2024
What’s Giving Blueday? It’s the University of Michigan’s special day of giving: a one-time-a-year opportunity for you to team-up with the global U-M family and share your love for all things maize and blue.
The Undergraduate Program in the Department of Sociology is a vibrant and diverse community of 400-500 majors and minors who are passionate about investigating social issues using empirical evidence and acting as agents of social change. Students in our program pursue learning opportunities outside of the classroom, such as volunteer work at community sites, faculty and doctoral student research assistance via the Sociology Undergraduate Research Opportunities program, study abroad, undergraduate events, and independent research and writing through our Honors Program in Sociology.
The Sociology Strategic Fund
The Sociology Strategic Fund provides discretionary funds to the Department Chair to improve academic and programmatic opportunities in the department. Historically, all funds donated to this fund have been dedicated to our undergraduate students, providing funding to assist in research projects, internships, study abroad, and co-curricular speakers and events.
SOUL: Sociology Opportunities for Undergraduate Leadership
Sociology’s Program for First-Generation College Students
In Sociology, more than ⅓ of our majors are the first in the family to go to college. We recognize that first-generation college students at the University of Michigan have often faced enormous social, academic, and financial obstacles to get here. But in doing so, they have also developed an amazing set of capabilities: Ingenuity, conscientiousness, persistence, curiosity, and risk-taking. These are the characteristics of leaders. In the SOUL Program, we help students cultivate these strengths and characteristics in order to help them succeed both here at the University of Michigan and in the world beyond. In short, we develop their capacities so that they can reach their full potential as the Leaders and Best.
The Sociology Opportunities for Undergraduate Leadership (SOUL) program supports first-generation college students majoring in Sociology through paid RAships, a 2-semester course for participants, faculty mentors, peer mentors, access to the Leadership Lab through the Barger Leadership Institute, tutoring, & more. The goal of this program is to improve the retention of first-generation college students, provide students with intensive research opportunities with faculty members, and provide well-paid work opportunities that are academically related.
Your support for SOUL will help the program continue to grow and ensure that a greater number of first-generation students are afforded the tools and opportunities to flourish.
Project Community (PC) is one of the longest-running learning programs in the country, designed to allow students to participate in community-engaged learning experiences through a sociological lens. The rich history of PC spans over six decades. Project Community’s first beginnings were influenced by John F. Kennedy’s 1960 speech atop the steps of the Michigan Union that led to the establishment of the Peace Corps and his famous inaugural address in 1961 when JFK urged Americans to “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
Students are able to gain new perspectives on social inequalities through their experiences with a variety of community sites, including elementary schools, afterschool programs, health clinics, correctional facilities, social services agencies, advocacy centers, and other nonprofit organizations in Southeast Michigan. We are passionate about helping students develop a critical consciousness of social inequalities and explore social change at the individual, community, and societal level.
Project Community is dedicated to building mutually beneficial relationships between students and community members, promoting social justice both in the classroom and community, and fostering social action among undergraduate students during their time at U-M and beyond.
Your generous gift towards the Project Community fund will help support the program, provide life-changing experiences for UM students, and positively impact the Southeast Michigan community!