We are proud of our alumni who are working to make a difference in their communities and in the world at large. Here we share what a few of our Sociology graduates are doing.
Tara Ignont '12
Tara Ignont went straight to graduate school at the University of Southern California in their Social Work Program. She currently has a field placement at Families in New Directions where she provides therapy to children, adults and families that are mandated by the courts, DCFS or probation to seek therapy. She is currently working with underrepresented African Americans in South Los Angeles. She will use this experience to open up her own family therapy private practice once she graduates in 2014 and gets her license in clinical social work.
Gerald L. Jones, Jr. '12
Gerald currently works with City Year Orlando, a non-profit AmeriCorps program that looks to solve the high school dropout crisis. As a corps member, he works inside the classroom in the form of mentoring and tutoring middle school students who are at risk of dropping out. In addition to this civic duty, he serves as the Resource Engagement Coordinator garnering local business support. His long term plans are to attend business school and receive an MBA.
Miranda Winters '12
Miranda leveraged her Pacific degree and her civic experience to land a position as an associate with Judith Buethe Communications, a public outreach and public relations firm working with public and private sector clients in the Central Valley. Miranda was also the Chair of the highly successful "Stockton Is Magnificent" event, held on the Miracle Mile south of campus. This event brought together nonprofits, local merchants and citizens to celebrate our city and their lives within it.
Mario Enriquez '10
Mario has been able to apply his Sociology degree to his work at a top-tier non-profit organization. The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is a Latino/Latina civil rights advocacy-based organization. He works on the Lideres Initiative within the NCLR, which supports hundreds of local and community-based programs, as well as campus-based student organizations. The goal is to build the skills of Latino youth and increase their potential to be leaders.
In his role, Mario plans and executes local and national youth conferences, increases social media efforts such as Facebook and Twitter, and works to promote the Lideres network, which provides resources for youth such as scholarships, internships and fellowships.
Mario has officially been selected as a Fellow for the National CORO Fellows Program in Public Affairs!. He will begin his graduate training at the University of San Francisco in Fall 2013.
Chanda Chhin '09
As a Youth Program Coordinator for Fathers & Families of San Joaquin (FFSJ), Chanda works with Central Valley youth to empower them as social change agents. The FFSJ mission is to involve and engage fathers to improve the well-being of children, families and communities.
Chanda is also a coalition member of Escuelas Si! Pintas No! (translation: Schools Yes! Prisons No!)—a youth organizing coalition in the Central Valley that promotes youth justice and education equity. The coalition addresses the schools-to-jails pipeline that many underrepresented youth face in the Central Valley.
Chanda began a Masters in Education at UCLA in the Fall of 2012.
Terri Redwood '02
Terri transferred from Delta Community College into Pacific's Sociology Department in 2001. She now holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from California State University Stanislaus, and is currently working at Hospice of San Joaquin in Stockton. The Hospice provides medical and compassionate care, counseling and support to terminally ill patients and their families. Terri works individually with patients, facilitates support groups and provides community outreach for the Hospice.
Of her experience at Pacific, Terri said, "Pacific provides students with a small community in which it is easy to recognize faces. By the middle of the semester, it is guaranteed that the professor knows your name and who you are. There is a sense of belonging and identity with others who share your interests."