We are a community of scholars who share concern for the structure of the social world and its resultant inequalities. We specialize in the study and teaching of social stratification and social inequalities, broadly defined. We work together to create a department with different disciplinary identities, specialties, and interests. We aim to appreciate and respect one another's different research areas, research methodologies, theoretical perspectives, teaching approaches, and service contributions. We value the activist potential of the disciplines of sociology and gerontology. We strive for engaged teaching, research and learning.