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Building Belonging Student Flash Talk Event & Celebration

May 26, 2021 @ 3:00 pm 4:30 pm PDT

The Institute for Social Transformation is excited to host an online end-of-year celebration and student flash talk event to honor the work that has been accomplished in the Building Belonging program. Students who have been involved in the program in 2020-2021 will present their contributions to research projects. 

This event will provide Building Belonging Fellows an opportunity to share their research with the community. All are welcome to attend the event on May 26th including students, faculty, staff, family and friends. 

Sponsored by: The Institute for Social Transformation and the Division of Social Sciences


3:00pm Welcome by Katharyne Mitchell, Dean of the Division of Social Sciences and Chris Benner, Director of the Institute for Social Transformation

3:10pm Katherine Quinteros, PhD student in Social Psychology who received the Chancellor’s Graduate Internship/Campus Fellow Award for Building Belonging Through Researcher-Practitioner Collaboration and winner of the Graduate Research Symposium Best of the Social Sciences Division Award

3:15pm Student Presentations


We Belong: Collaboration for Community-Engaged Research and Immigrant Justice
Jonathan Sanchez (Sociology major)
Faculty Mentor: Steve McKay, Sociology Department

A Syndemic in the Ring of Fire: COVID-19, Type 2 Diabetes, and Climate Change
Andrea Asher (Sociology and Human Biology major) and Tamar Sasson (Economics and Sociology major)
Faculty Mentor: James Doucet-Battle, Sociology Department

Communicational Remembering in Social Networks
Hananiel Suradji (Cognitive Science major)
Faculty Mentor: Jeremy Yamashiro, Psychology Department

Barriers to Adopting Healthful Diets Across Cultural and Socio-economic Groups
Dmitrius Rodriguez (Environmental Studies/Economics + Philosophy major) and Yang (Elaina) Li (Business Management Economics and Mathematics major)
Faculty Mentor: Galina Hale, Economics Department

Vulnerability and Positionality in Fieldwork on Law
Anushka Shah (Legal Studies and Intensive Psychology major)
Faculty Mentor: Mark Fathi Massoud, Politics Department


Building Environmental Belonging: Racial Inclusion and Diversity Among Undergraduates at UCSC
Kimberly “Kimie” Dare (Environmental Studies major) and Jianjia Gettinger (Environmental Studies and Psychology major)
Faculty Mentors: Flora Lu and Emily Murai, Environmental Studies Department

Faculty Diversity in California Environmental Studies Departments: Implications for Student Learning
Amani Taylor (Environmental Studies major) and Arien Hernandez (Environmental Studies major)
Faculty Mentor: Sikina Jinnah, Environmental Studies Department

Profiling First-Generation Faculty: On Making Sense of Racial/Ethnic Identity in First-Generation Visibility Campaigns Nationwide
Kimberlie Hatch (Cognitive Science and Psychology major)
Faculty Mentor: Rebecca Covarrubias, Psychology Department

Optimizing Feedback to Enhance Student Learning
Kaylie Kurland (Cognitive Science major)
Faculty Mentor: Hannah Hausman, Psychology Department

Suddenly Distant: Teachers’ Work in the Context of COVID-19
Lila Harte (Literature/Education major)
Faculty Mentor: Lora Bartlett, Education Department

Educational Justice across Digital Divides: Building and Sustaining a Community Partnership during COVID-19
Jesica Garcia Garcia (Sociology major)
Faculty Mentor: Cynthia Lewis, Education Department


Chimpanzee Video Coding Team
Payton Sime (Anthropology and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology major) and Lauryn Hobbs (Anthropology and Psychology major)
Faculty Mentor: Vicky Oelze, Anthropology Department

Who Saves Whom? Compassionate Economies of Care in Animal Rescue
Sam Bass (Anthropology) and Dee Cappelli (Anthropology major)
Faculty Mentor: Lissa Caldwell, Anthropology Department

Ecosystem Services and Shade Management in Coffee Agroecosystems: Ecology and Application
Robyn Fowler (Environmental Studies major) and Jenny Hsu (Ecology and Evolution major)
Faculty Mentor: Stacy Philpott, Environmental Studies Department

Phenology Observers on Social Media
Luke Hamilton (Environmental Science major) and Caitlin Schilt (Environmental Studies/Economics major)
Faculty Mentor: Kai Zhu, Environmental Studies Department

4:20pm Rebecca Covarrubias, Associate Professor of Psychology and faculty mentor in the Building Belonging program

4:25pm Closing Remarks


May 26, 2021
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm


Institute for Social Transformation