A Week of Gratitude, day 5

Week of Gratitude 4x3 day 1Our graduating seniors wrote thank-you notes, reflecting on their time at UIC and the friends, family, and instructors who supported them along the way. We’re sharing these notes all week for A Week of Gratitude.

Ben Tam
First and foremost, I am eternally grateful for the sacrifices of my parents. I’ve worked in their shoes and it was hard work – 7 days a week with only Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving night off. Thank you Lain for blowing my mind on gender. Your first course was introduction for me to Sociology & Gender. Also, thanks to all my previous professors for making my college experience a nice one. Shout out to Rachel Lovis, Amy Bailey, Gina Pessagno, Herrica Telus, Amelia Branigan, Kevin James, and everyone else I’m missing.

Daisy Vanessa Guzman
By God’s grace and my mommy’s support, I made it! Now let’s get that Masters!

Anonymous
I am thankful that our department is a woke one.

Map Team
Thank you Soc 490 team! We thank you ❤

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A Week of Gratitude, day 4

Week of Gratitude 4x3 day 4Our graduating seniors wrote thank-you notes, reflecting on their time at UIC and the friends, family, and instructors who supported them along the way. We’re sharing these notes all week for A Week of Gratitude.

Laura Magana
This course [SOC 490] has been very helpful and fun! I am very grateful for the senior capstone faculty because they are inspirational and motivational. Thank you for all your support!

Fariha Asad
This has been one of the best classes I have taken this semester. Soc 490 with Professor Garcia has been great because it really engages you into learning by focusing on not only the material at hand but she knows how to tie in her lectures with content events. She’s an amazing professor and I’m very happy that she was promoted as she was. Thank you for an amazing semester!

Anonymous
Big Shout out to Jose and the Oak Park Library Crew for supporting our event! #ETeam Soc 490 #Capstone

Anonymous
Thank you SOC 490 Team. Thanks Mom and Dad ❤

A Week of Gratitude, day 3

Week of Gratitude 4x3 day 3Our graduating seniors wrote thank-you notes, reflecting on their time at UIC and the friends, family, and instructors who supported them along the way. We’re sharing these notes all week for A Week of Gratitude.

Cassandra Flores
Lain Mathers, thank you for providing me with a better understanding of gender issues and human sexuality. You challenged my thinking and expanded my mind, so I thank you for that.

Giselle Castellucci
Thank you to my UIC professors and TAs! =) ❤

Anonymous
I appreciate being forced to experience this at UIC. Otherwise I wouldn’t have done this on my own… But I learned so much! #Blessed

Kristina Rago
Professor Bailey & Professor Risman thank you both for being such great mentors and teachers. You’ve both provided me with valuable and applicable knowledge and experience for a career in Sociology. Thank you!

A Week of Gratitude, day 2

Week of Gratitude 4x3 day 2.jpgOur graduating seniors wrote thank-you notes, reflecting on their time at UIC and the friends, family, and instructors who supported them along the way. We’re sharing these notes all week for A Week of Gratitude.

Ann Toma
I am grateful for the connections and relationships that I have formed within the Sociology department and with other Soc majors! Thank you for everything!

Kenneth Hong
Thank you Professor Lorena Garcia for allowing me to take my community partner project to another. The internship for Arrow Star really helped me a lot as it was the crucial component of my graduation. Thank you for giving me this opportunity, because I was going through a panic attack when I was scrambling for the solution. I am so thankful for the opportunity, and for the semester you have given me. Best

David Bibbs
Thank you

Anonymous
Thank you to all my wonderful UIC SOC professors that made this possible! #UICSOC

Stacy Rodriguez
I want to take the time to give a huge thanks to my family, friends and Professor Cambe-Lilley. Without their help I would not have been able to succeed! Thank you so much.

 

A Week of Gratitude, day 1

Week of Gratitude 4x3 day 1Our graduating seniors wrote thank-you notes, reflecting on their time at UIC and the friends, family, and instructors who supported them along the way. We’re sharing these notes all week for A Week of Gratitude.

Roxana Luna
I want to thank Professor Lorena Garcia, Professor Kevin James, Alison Moss, and Herrica Telus for a wonderful semester! I am so grateful for the experiences I gained in the Soc 490 class. Thank you!

Karina Morales
Thanks to all my Sociology Professors! You are all Great!

Daniel Morales
Forever thankful for Soc 490. One of my favorite classes at UIC. Thank you Professor Garcia & Alison [Moss] =)

Mindy Lemus
Shout Out to Me and my Group for graduating & Professor Garcia!

Anonymous
I’m thankful that we have a Woke dept.

30 in 30 Presents: Dr. Mildred Schwartz (Week 30)

30 in 30 blue 4x3 ratio-0230 in 30 proudly features the accomplishments of thirty UIC Sociology alumni over the course of thirty weeks. Each week, we feature a new alumnus/a of the department. The individuals profiled were each interviewed by one of our very own graduating seniors, who had the opportunity to learn about the many fascinating paths our alumni take. Scroll down to learn more about your fellow alums!

Do you want to be profiled? Email Kirsten at kander48@uic.edu to get on the list for an upcoming semester!

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Dr. Mildred Schwartz, Professor Emerita

Education
BA, Sociology, University of Toronto, 1954
MA, Sociology, University of Toronto, 1956
PhD, Sociology, Columbia University, 1965

Pursuing sociology
Dr. Mildred Schwartz was raised in Toronto, Canada, and attended the University of Toronto, where she found sociology. After finishing her bachelor’s degree, she went on to work in a government agency, a workplace she found to be rife with sexism. Inspired by her work experience, Mildred decided to return to school, with hopes of effecting change. She finished her master’s degree in sociology in 1956, after which she started to work at an advertising agency. However, her love of sociology drew her once more, and she applied and completed her PhD in sociology at Columbia University in 1965. She applied to many teaching positions in the United States after finishing her degree and found a job with UIC’s Circle Campus!

A lifetime love of sociology
Dr. Schwartz’s favorite part about her academic career is research and writing. She also very much enjoyed spending time with her undergraduate students. Mildred says she loves the field of sociology because it is limitless! Sociologists never run out of questions to ask and there are always new and different ways to go about finding answers.

Despite her success, Dr. Schwartz did encounter hardships in her career. One of her main battles was against the frequent sexism she encountered. For instance, she did not receive equal pay compared to her male counterparts, endured discriminatory remarks, and faced resentment for her success in publishing and teaching. Despite these challenges, she forged ahead and had – and continues to have – a successful career.

Advice for current students
Dr. Schwartz believes that a sociology degree is suitable for many fields. She has worked for a government agency, advertising agency, and in the academic field using her sociology degrees. She also says there are many not-for profit and some for profit agencies that hire students with sociology degrees. Undergraduate students learn statistics and theory that is very beneficial in a wide variety of workplaces. Dr. Schwartz says that although the world is a very different place than it was in her time, sociology is as relevant as it has ever been because it teaches you to be more intelligent about the world in which we live. She says if she could go back in time and give herself a piece of advice, it would be to have more confidence in herself. She grew up in a household where she was not encouraged to continue her studies, and she encourages others to be confident in their interests and capabilities.

Prolific, even in retirement!
Mildred is currently retired and resides in New Jersey. However, she still does sociology for fun! In her free time, she reads and writes about sociology because it keeps her engaged in the world. For fun, she likes to go to New York University to spend time with students and colleagues. Five years from now, she sees herself starting a new project and to continue publishing books. Someday she says she will really retire and take a break from her academic career…just not any time soon!

Interviewed by Stephanie Munoz