SOAN's graduate students are a diverse and growing group of active students with a variety of interests that span activism, teaching, research, and a broad range of social and political interests. To find community and share opportunities to collaborate, many students become active in one or more student-oriented groups. Should you decide to to join SOAN at Mason, we encourage you to learn more about these student groups and we hope you'll join us in our upcoming socials, workshops, colloquiums, and other events!
The Cities and Globalization Working Group brings together interdisciplinary faculty and students interested in cities and globalization. They encourage members to produce working papers on relevant research and also feature such works on their web site. The group also hosts events throughout the year and invites prominent guest speakers to share their research from other institutions. More information is available at the Cities and Globalization Working Group site.
The Graduate and Professional Student Association is a university-wide organization that seeks to bring together graduate students of all backgrounds in a forum of collaboration and discussion. They promote success in personal, professional, and academic areas of graduate student life. As a result, there may be ample opportunities for members to network with students of other disciplines and discover a community that extends beyond SOAN. More information is available at the Graduate and Professional Student Association site.
The Graduate Student Sociological Association works in close association with the Public Sociology Association. Their primary goals differ, however: the GSSA emphasizes the development of community among sociology students through informal social events, skill-development workshops, and professional development. The "Sociological" part of GSSA is a slight misnomer: in fact, student members often take multidisciplinary viewpoints in their work and are open to discussing ideas that originate outside of the field. More information is available at the Graduate Student Sociological Association site.
Each year, the Public Sociology Association democratically selects and engages a flagship cause. The flagship cause is a highlighted issue that typically concerns a disadvantaged segment of the population but is often overlooked by most media sources. In descending order, the PSA has most recently dedicated itself to better understanding (and also informing the public about) economic and mobility inequalities, the growing peril of contingent faculty in academia, and human rights violations against West Papuan civilians. Each flagship cause is highlighted during the annual PSA conference hosted during the fall semester. More information is available at the Public Sociology Association site.