Updates from Alumni

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Caroline Arnold '19  Unfortunately, because of COVID-19, Fulbright programs worldwide were shut down, meaning that I had to come back to the USA from Bulgaria earlier than I had expected, but the 7 months I did get to spend in Bulgaria were wonderful. I got to teach and learn from some really inspiring young people, explore a beautiful country, and learn a little bit of a new language. Highlights include coaching a small team of students at a regional English speech tournament, leading lessons on Black History Month, and playing infinite games of jeopardy. Throughout it all, the things I learned in my sociology classes proved absolutely invaluable. I felt very well equipped to explore Bulgarian culture, traditions, social problems, etc. in a respectful and sensitive way, both in the classroom with my students and outside of the classroom with friends and colleagues. I am so grateful for the perspective that I gained from the sociology program. My understanding of the world and my place in it were transformed by the classes I took in this department, and I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to learn in such a welcoming and supportive yet challenging environment. I am a better person for it. I am jealous of all of the new students entering the program, they don't know how much they will gain. And if there was ever a department and faculty that could handle the difficulties of teaching under the current circumstances, it’s W&M Sociology. Thank you for everything that you do! (2020/05)

 

Dan Moriarty '93, After spending the last 12 years in Bolivia, I returned to Washington, DC in 2019. I am currently working as coordinator of the Sustainable Pathways to Peace program at the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns (maryknollogc.org). We do advocacy for peace, social justice, and the integrity of creation on behalf of the Maryknoll Sisters, Lay Missioners, and Fathers & Brothers - Catholic missioners working with impoverished and marginalized communities around the world. I'll also be teaching a course on The Church & The Poor in the Justice & Peace Studies department at Georgetown University.
I live with my wife, Rocío, and our two sons, Santiago (16) and Francisco (13) in Assisi Community, a Catholic(ish?) intentional community in Washington, DC committed to simple living, solidarity, and social transformation. But we may not stay long. Part of the reason we came back to the DC area is because I have a lot of friends from college here, but it's hard to host middle-age ragers when you share your living space with 11 other people who don't even know what a Hot Holly is. (2020/04)

Megan Dent Worrell '15, MEd '16, Megan studied fell in love with sociology when at W&M and got her BA with her major in sociology. Megan then went to the School of Education at William & Mary and studied elementary education. She graduates in 2016 with her MAEd in elementary education. Megan remains in the area and is serving her 3rd year as an elementary teacher. She has taught both 4th and 5th grade in the last three years. The sociology background gave Megan extensive knowledge to apply to her job as an educator! (2018/12)

Trent Tschirgi '79  after graduating with a double major in Biology and Sociology in 1979, Trent Tschirgi went to the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, graduating in 1984. He has worked in many Pharmacy specialties, including Nursing Homes, Retail, Hospital, and Home IV Pharmacy. To better serve various immigrant groups, he learned to speak Russian and Spanish in addition to French. He reports that "insights gained from the study of Sociology often helped me navigate my dealings with layers of management at various companies--and oddly, also with criminals who tried to give me forged prescriptions." He has testified in approximately 50 drug-crime-related cases, sometimes as an expert witness. He is licensed to practice pharmacy in two US states and in British Columbia, Canada, where he currently practices and lives. (10/2017)

Megan Brew '15 during her time as an undergraduate in the William & Mary Sociology Department, Megan delved into the roots of inequality, historical contexts of marginalization and issues of access, persistence and retention in higher education. Megan explored her academic passions further through summer internships at the Virginia Community College Foundation and the W&M Office of Undergraduate Admission. After graduating summa cum laude in 2015, Megan teamed up with a fellow William & Mary grad to build a nonprofit, the Armed Services Arts Partnership, to provide arts classes for veterans. Megan transitioned from the nonprofit sphere when she returned to higher education to pursue her Master’s degree in Higher Education from the University of Virginia. She graduated from UVA in spring 2017 and relocated to Washington DC to serve as a Career Management Advisor for undergraduate students in the American University Kogod School of Business.

Ashley Ingram '11 graduated from William & Mary in 2011 with a double major in Sociology and Economics. Upon graduation, Ashley began an Americorps VISTA position with the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, working with a community organization in Brooklyn to address issues of food insecurity. She built resources to increase participation in the SNAP program and expanded access to nutritious food options by supporting community gardens and local produce vendors. Later, after a year working as a legal assistant, Ashley enrolled at Yale Law School. During her time a YLS, Ashley has been able to work on a number of public interest projects. As an intern at the Center for Popular Democracy, she helped create legal and organizing strategies to protect retail workers facing uncertain and harmful scheduling practices and developed a policy guide on best city policies to address climate justice issues. While interning at Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services, Ashley helped serve Appalachian residents facing environmental threats. Throughout law school, Ashley has also worked as a student intern in the Veterans Legal Services Clinic where she has helped veterans suffering from PTSD gain access to the services and benefits they need to successfully return to civilian life. After graduating, Ashley hopes to pursue a legal career focused on environmental justice. 

From the research skills that help sort through piles of documents and effectively interview and counsel clients to the perspectives and lenses to understand the scope and impact of legal policies, Ashley says the skills and lessons she learned studying Sociology have been both defining and impactful throughout her journey. (8/2017)