Student Spotlights

2019-2020 Undergraduate Awards

While we were not able to celebrate together for our annual Undergraduate Awards Ceremony, we still want to recognize out outstanding students.

Outstanding Gerontology Senior Major: Hannah McCarren

Outstanding Gerontology Junior Major: Kamryn Kasler

Outstanding Gerontology Minor: Gracie Evans

Outstanding Gerontology Research Award: Sarina Poth

Outstanding Gerontology Service Award: Allison Biedenharn

Outstanding Sociology Major: Shelby Frye

Outstanding Criminology Minor: Izzy Bielamowicz

Outstanding Medical Sociology Minor: Brooke Buckingham

Outstanding Social Justice Studies Major: Taylor Hicks

Outstanding Social Justice Minor: Ally Roberts

Sherry Corbett Social Action Award: Chloe Vyzral

2021 J-Term Experiential Learning Experience

For the second consecutive year, our department is providing these opportunities for a diverse group of Miami students from a variety of academic majors. We are placing these 17 students with 12 agencies and firms that work for social justice throughout Greater Cincinnati.

These students will work remotely from January 4-22, 2021 in public health, anti-poverty and anti-hunger programs, and with attorneys on behalf of immigrants, refugees and returning citizens. Our department's goal is to return to a residential program based in Over-the-Rhine as soon as conditions allow.

Jon Becker

Jon is a fourth-year Information Systems major with a Business Analytics co-major. He is from Deerfield, IL and graduated Deerfield High School. His post-graduate goal is to work in Major League Baseball. 

Jon will be working with the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio's Center for Social Justice, which monitors police actions and will recommend reforms. 

Zoey Becker

Zoey is a fourth-year Journalism and Sociology double-majors. She is from Bethesda, MD and a graduated from Walter Johnson High School. Her post-graduate goal is to incorporate her sociology background into a journalism career.

Zoey will be working with The Cincinnati Herald, an African American weekly newspaper.

Navkiran Chima

Nav is a second-year International Studies (concentration in Global Human Rights and Justice) and Political Science double-major with minors in Arabic and Social Justice Studies. From Streetsboro, Ohio, Nav is a graduate of Streetsboro High School with post-graduate plans to earn a joint Ph.D.-J.D. in international human rights law.

Nav will be working with the Immigrant and Refugee Law Center.

Nina Emlemdi

Nina is a third-year Human Capital Management and Leadership major with a Sociology of Law minor. From West Chester, OH, Nina is a graduate of Lakota West High School and hopes to have a human relations position in New York City following graduation. 

Nina will be working with EquaSion/A Mights Stream which is an interfaith social justice initiative in Greater Cincinnati.

Laken George

Laken is a second-year Social Justice Studies major who will be working with Cincinnati Works.

Halle Gordon

Halle is a third-year Nursing major from Cincinnati, Ohio who graduated from Sycamore High School. Her post-graduate goal is to earn an advanced degree in Nursing.

Halle will be working with Crossroads Health Center dealing with social determinants of health screenings and interviews with patients.

David Hale

David is a fourth-year Social Justice Studies major who will be working with Foodbank SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

Hannah Indyke

Hannah is a third-year Social Justice Studies major from Livingston, NJ. Hannah's post-graduate goals include the possibility of law school or social work, teaching or nonprofits.

Hannah will be working with Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency (CAA) Rapid Re-employment Program.

Jacob Moore

Jacob is a third-year student who will be working with the Ohio Justice and Policy Center's Beyond Guilt Program.

Christina Nash

Christina is a fourth-year Premedical Studies and Sociology double-major with a minor in Spanish from Worthington, Ohio. Post graduation, Christina hopes to attend optometry school or graduate school in health administration.

Christina will be working with The HealthCare Connection (Lincoln Heights Health Center and Mt. Healthy Family Practice) with  social determinants of health screenings and interviews with patients related to food insecurity.

Jeri Oranski

Jeri is a fourth-year triple major in Sociology, International Studies and Premedical Studies with minors in Spanish and Global Health Studies from Notre Dame High School in St. Louis, MO. Jeri's post-graduate goals include attending medical school to become a physician.

Jeri will be working with The Health Gap on advocacy, analysis and research of racial health disparities.

Carlos Rodriguez

Carlos is a second-year Western Studies major with minors in Social Justice Studies and Disability Studies from Perryburg High School in Perrysburg, Ohio. Post graduation Carlos hopes to work in the nonprofit sector. 

Carlos will be working with the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio working directly for its chief operating officer, Cinnamon Pelly.

Frieda Rodriguez

Frieda is a fourth-year double major in Social Justice Studies and Spanish with a minor in Latin American Studies who graduated from William Henry Harrison High School in Harrison, Ohio. Frida's post-graduate goal is to attend law school or pursue a position as a lobbyist or do community development work.

Frida will be working with the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency (CAA) Rapid Re-Employment Program and with Immigrant Liaison.

Annalese Seabrook

Annalese is a fourth-year Sociology major from Pinkerington Central High School in Pinkerington, Ohio. Her post-graduate goal is to attend graduate school to become a licensed social worker and work in a hospital setting.

Annalese will be working with Cincinnati Works helping create a new community conversation program about gun violence as it relates to poverty.

Chloe Thach

Chloe is a first year Biology and Individualized Studies in Social Justice Research double-major with co-majors in Neuroscience and Premedical Studies. Chloe is graduated from Olmsted Falls High School in Olmsted Falls, Ohio and plans to attend medical school in order to earn a Ph.D.-M.D.

Chloe will be working the The HealthCare Connection (Lincoln Heights Health Center and Mt. Healthy Family Practice) dealing with the social determinants of health screenings and interviews with patients related to food insecurity.

Gianna Valentic

Gianna is a fourth-year Psychology major with minors in Criminology, Child Studies and Youth Development, and Family Relationships. Gianna graduated from Kirtland High School in Kirtland, Ohio and hopes to attend law school.

Gianna will be working at Graydon Law working directly with civil rights attorney Roula Allouch.

Jon Watkins

Jon is a third-year Political Science major with a minor in Urban/Regional Analysis. Jon graduated from Middletown High School in Middletown, Ohio and hopes to work in advocacy for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Jon will be working at the Crossroads Health Center on social determinants of health screenings and interviews with patients.