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  • The Department of Sociology and Anthropology commits to diversity, equity and inclusion in providing support for all its students, faculty and other members of the Lewis & Clark community. Representing academic disciplines that have perpetuated and now critique different forms of discrimination, we seek to use the tools of our scholarship to address persistent structures of inequity and exclusion. Our scholastic approach thus inspires a personal and departmental responsibility towards the support of diverse identities and perspectives. To further this mission we convene a joint group of students and faculty to target specific issues each semester and work towards creating a more inclusive, diverse, and creative learning environment.
  • Assistant Professor of Sociology Maryann Bylander has received an ASEAN Research Program grant. Designed to facilitate collaborative research of priority to ASEAN or to the U.S.-ASEAN relationship, this Fulbright award will allow Dr. Bylander to spend her junior sabbatical conducting field research in Thailand and Cambodia. Her project, “Borrowing Across Borders: Migration, Debt, and Development in Southeast Asia” will use multi-sited qualitative research to ask how debt shapes migrant experiences across Southeast Asia.
  • Assistant Professor of Sociology Maryann Bylander will travel this summer to Cambodia with three Lewis & Clark students to investigate the use of microcredit—a finance model of providing small, affordable loans to new businesses in developing areas. The expedition is being funded by an ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows grant.
  • Lewis & Clark faculty voted unanimously to approve a new minor in Middle East/North Africa studies. Lewis & Clark is the first liberal arts college in the Pacific Northwest to offer such a program. The program formally begins in the fall of 2017.
  • Lily Clarke examines some of the mushrooms she studies.

    Lily Clarke BA ’15 grew up in the tiny town of Condon, Montana—population: 343. She’s now a Fulbright fellow studying ethnomycology in Nepal, pairing her interest in ecology with her passion for giving back to the communities in which she works. Clarke shared her inspirational story with the Missoulian newspaper earlier this month.

  • Megan Glavin BA ’19 and Sema Hasan BA ’18 were selected to present their original research at the 2018 Notre Dame Peace Conference, an event for students from around the world to share their work and discuss issues related to peace studies, social justice, and global activism.
  • Lewis & Clark’s C.J. Appleton ’17 has been named one of only five recipients of the national Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award. Lewis & Clark is the only Division III school—and the only school in the West—to be represented.
  • Assistant Professor of Sociology Maryann Bylander has been awarded a $20K ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows grant.
  • Get to know Laura Schroeder ’14, a major in sociology and anthropology, and recipient of a Fulbright award.
  • Kate Smock BA ’18, is this year’s recipient of the Rena J. Ratte Award, the undergraduate college’s highest academic honor. Named for an esteemed professor, the award recognizes a senior whose abilities and commitment have combined to produce work of the highest distinction.
  • Three sociology students have returned to Lewis & Clark from their research in Cambodia alongside Assistant Professor of Sociology Maryann Bylander. They presented to peers and faculty the conclusions from their fieldwork on the practical and ethical implications of microcredit in developing countries.

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