Constitution Day Lecture Recap

On Thursday, September 17, 2020, in observance of Constitution Day, the College of Family, Home, and Social hosted its annual Constitution Day Lecture. This year’s lecture, “President Trump’s Immigration Policies: Are They Constitutional?” was presented by Dr. Anna O. Law. Law is the Herbert Kurz Chair in Constitutional Rights in the Department of Political Science at CUNY Brooklyn College. She is actively involved with research and publication on current political issues, most notably concerning gender and asylum for immigrants. She is the author of The Immigration Battle in American Courts and is currently working on a new book about slavery and immigration federalism. Law’s field of academic expertise lies at the intersect of public law and US immigration policy and history.

Law’s lecture began with an examination of how the Trump administration’s approach to immigration policy has differed from those of past administrations. She stated that the issue is an overwhelming “volume of lies” and an associated disregard for “the rule of law.” According to Law, this rule of law consists of the following:

  • A universal application of justice
  • Fair and consistent rules
  • Robust legal processes where protections of rights are enforced
  • A competent population of lawyers and judges

Law went on to examine both the constitutionality and the efficacy of Trump’s many policies concerning immigration, including the border wall and significant changes to the asylum application process. She also discussed how the administration is currently using the COVID-19 pandemic to justify even more restrictions on those seeking to enter the US through the southern border. Law pointed out flaws inboth the Trump and Obama administrations’ treatment of undocumented workers and proposes a more humane approach to immigration management. For her, a reformed immigration policy focuses on the following:

  • Pressuring employers of undocumented migrants
  • Securing employment verification
  • Increasing foreign aid
  • Dismantling the Department of Homeland Security
  • Implementing stricter gun reform laws

The College of Family, Home, and Social Science is grateful to Dr. Law for taking the time to speak and share her academic and professional insights on this complex and controversial issue. For those that were unable to attend the lecture, a recording is posted and available for viewing at

Annual Constitution Day Lecture Focuses on President Trump’s Immigration Policies

The 2020 Constitution Day Event hosted by the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences will examine the immigration policies of the Trump Administration during the lecture “President Trump’s Immigration Policies: Are They Constitutional?” on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 11 AM (MST). This virtual lecture will take via Zoom by following this link:

The lecture will be presented by Dr. Anna O. Law, the Herbert Kurz Chair in Constitutional Rights in the Department of Political Science at CUNY Brooklyn College. Dr. Law’s publications appear in both social science and law journals and investigate the interaction between law, legal institutions and politics. Her first book, The Immigration Battle in American Courts (Cambridge University Press 2010), examined the role of the federal judiciary in U.S. immigration policy, and the institutional evolution of the Supreme Court and U.S. Courts of Appeals. Law is a former program analyst at the bipartisan, blue-ribbon United States Commission on Immigration Reform. She has shared her expertise with the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Department of Homeland Security and National Science Foundation. In 2007, she appeared as a recurring narrator with other academic experts and two Supreme Court justices in the PBS award winning documentary. Her current projects include a second book on immigration federalism and slavery, and National Science Foundation funded research on gender & asylum.

Dean Benjamin Ogles Releases Statement on Commitment to Fight Racism

Helpful Resources:

Equal Justice Initiative

Winners of 2020 Fulton Mentored Research Poster Conference Announced

We are excited to announce the winners for the 2020 Fulton Mentored Research Conference! 

Although we were not able to hold the usual public Fulton Poster Conference due to COVID-19 restrictions, we were able to move forward with a virtual online competition this year. The winners and submissions from each department are now listed on the online Fulton Poster Conference website:

You can view all Fulton Poster Conference winners and submissions here

A big congratulations from the college to the winners, and to all the students and faculty mentors that submitted their research. We appreciate your hard work and dedication!

* Winners will be contacted with more information on how they will receive their awards. The number of awards for each department is based on the quantity of posters submitted. 

BYU Career Services Are Still Available To Help FHSS Students

BYU Career Service resources are still available and ready to help!

  • To schedule Career Studio appointments, call 801-422-3000 
  • You can set up an immediate Zoom appointment with a Career Mentor OR use the Live chat feature found at:
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  • Find virtually info sessions and events on Handshake > Events tab > Events Search > In filters click on Virtual Events

Don’t forget to connect with your Career Directors, Ben Drewry, Linda Evans, and Arnie Allred to help with your transition from College to Career. Call 801-422-3000 for an appointment.

Fulton Mentored Research Conference Will Take Place Online Only

As events are being canceled across campus, many have been wondering if the 16th Annual Mary Lou Fulton Mentored Research Conference will still be taking place in April. 

Although we will not be able to enjoy the regular interactions of a poster conference and luncheon due to the limitations on large group gatherings, the Fulton Poster Conference will carry on, albeit in an electronic context. 

The Fulton website still available and will remain open to receive your poster submissions until the extended submission deadline of Tuesday, March 31st at noon. 

Your poster submissions will not be printed, but we will still have department faculty judges review all poster submissions, and they will select winners at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Once the list of winning posters is finalized, we will post the list on the conference website. For those who are on the list of winners, our college controller will connect with you to work out how you will receive your cash awards.

Thank you for all of your good work! We love to see the results of the research that you are engaged in with faculty!

If you have any questions about the submission process, deadline, or new judging process, please contact

Celebrate Women’s History Month and Focus on Mental Health in March

Happy March and Women’s History Month. Below are a few initiatives we would like to highlight this month: 

Women’s History Month — The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.  

BYU’s Mental Health Matters Initiative — We aim to inspire, inform, and involve students as we change the stigmas about mental health on BYU’s Campus. The vision of this campaign is to bring awareness to the current state of mental health on BYU’s campus and equip students with resources needed to be active advocates in improving their own mental health and supporting those around them. 

March 1 – 31 Women’s History Month

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” — Maya Angelou

“A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.” — Melinda Gates

Many of the following events have been canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please confirm before attending.

March 16 – 28 BYU Mental Health Matters Campaign 

3/16 Kick-Off Campaign 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Brigham Square

3/17 “I AM NOT ALONE” 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM Brigham Square

3/18 PEN Talks: Forum Topic – MENTAL HEALTH Join an open dialogue among BYU students with diverse perspectives. Light meal provided. 6:30 – 8:00 PM  WSC Varsity Theater

3/19 Trauma Specialists’ Panel 7:00 – 8:00 PM  WSC 3225

3/23 Destress At The Wall 5:30 – 7:00 PM  The Wall, WSC 

3/24 Meet & Greet with CAPS 12:30 – 1:30 PM  WSC 3211

Keynote Speaker: Cougar Hall 7:00 – 9:00 PM  WSC 3211

“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.” — Glenn Close

March 3 BRAVO! “We Shall Overcome” — Inspired by the words and actions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “We Shall Overcome” showcases music that moved and motivated generations of civil rights activists and defenders, interwoven with recordings of Dr. King’s electrifying speeches.

7:30 PM  de Jong Concert Hall (Tickets Required:

March 6 Latter-day Saint Women and Scripture: A Maxwell Institute Student Symposium — An event that gathers Maxwell Institute student research assistants together to share insights from research focused on women and scripture.

9:30 AM – 2:30 PM  Education In Zion Theater – JFSB

March 7 “Phenomenal Woman”: An International Women’s Day Celebration — featuring cultural dance, music, and poetry. 

5:30 PM  Kiwanis Park Pavilion

March 10, 17, 24, 31 Women’s History Month Brown Bag Talk: “National Connections in Utah’s Suffrage Story” — Better Days 2020 historians Katherine Kitterman, Tiffany Greene, and Rebekah Clark will present on Utah suffragists’ connections with the national movement, from 1870 to 1920 and beyond.

12:00 – 1:00 PM  Utah State Archives Conference Room (346 South Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84101) 

March 17 Career Success Series: Positive Psychology & Resilience — Career Director, Linda Evans, gives a presentation on coping with failure and challenges through positive psychology and gospel principles. Come and learn about these topics and more! 

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM  JFSB B192

March 24 Forum: Dambisa Moyo, International Economist — Dambisa Moyo, International Economist, will deliver the forum address. She is a Zambian economist and author who analyzes the macro economy and global affairs. She currently serves on the boards of Barclays Bank, the financial services group, Seagate Technology, Chevron Corporation, the global miner Barrick Gold, and the 3M Company. She is powerful thinker and influence around the world as a female leader. Come hear her speak to us! 

11:05 AM MT  Marriott Center

March 27 & 28 BYU Cedartree Memorial Competition Pow Wow — The Annual BYU Cedartree Memorial Competition Pow Wow is a two-day event that features competition Native-American dancing and drumming, and Native American jewelry, art, and food vendors. Come learn more about this beautiful culture and community! 

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM on both days  Wilkinson Center Ballroom 

Theda Skocpol, Harvard Sociologist and Political Scientist, to Discuss “Upending American Politics”

Theda Skocpol, Professor of Sociology and Political Science at Harvard University, will be speaking on Thursday, February 27th at 11 am in WSC 3224 on Upending American Politics: Polarizing Parties, Ideological Elites, and Citizen Activists from the Tea Party to the Anti-Trump Resistance.  This event is open to the public.

Professor Skocpol’s work covers an unusually broad spectrum of topics including both comparative politics (States and Social Revolutions, 1979) and American politics (Protecting Soldiers and Mothers: The Political Origins of Social Policy in the United States, 1992). Her books and articles have been widely cited in political science literature and have won numerous awards, including the 1993 Woodrow Wilson Award of the American Political Science Association for the best book in political science for the previous year. Skocpol’s research focuses on U.S. social policy and civic engagement in American democracy, including changes since the 1960s. She has recently launched new projects on the development of U.S. higher education and on the transformations of U.S. federal policies in the Obama era.