Dean Benjamin Ogles Releases Statement on Commitment to Fight Racism

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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: https://careers.byu.edu/
  • Get help with resume, cover letter, online professional presence and network, interview preparation and more…
  • Get started with self-paced online Mock Interview practice using StandOut: https://careers.byu.edu/interviews 
  • Get started with self-paced online Resume help with Vmock: https://careers.byu.edu/resumes 
  • 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 fhss@byu.edu.

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: eventtickets.byu.edu/)

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.

Celebrating Diversity in February

Happy February! It’s Black History Month – an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history.

February 1-29 Black History Month  “My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.” ~ Desmond Tutu

February 3 FHE: Vignettes of Black Saints – Learn about inspiring figures in Black Church history such as Jane Manning James, Martha Stevens Perkins Howell, Samuel D. Chambers, and Mary Frances Sturlaugson. Refreshments to follow.

7, 7:30, 8 PM  Education in Zion Gallery – JFSB

February 5, 19, & 26 Lunchtime Jazz Concert – Enjoy an hour of Jazz at noon. Feb. 5th features Greg Stallings, Feb. 19th features the Giddins Family, & Feb. 26th features the Legacy Band.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM  BYU Library Auditorium

February 6 Race and Immigration Panel Discussion

4:30 PM  B192 JFSB  (Refreshments provided). 

February 6 Marjorie Pay Hinckley Lecture 

Kenneth Dodge, Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy

Building a System of Care to Help all Children Succeed.

7:30 PM  Garden Court, WSC

February 10 FHE: Vignettes of Black Saints  Learn about inspiring figures in Black Church history such as Jane Manning James, Martha Stevens Perkins Howell, Samuel D. Chambers, and Mary Frances Sturlaugson. Refreshments to follow.

7, 7:30, 8 PM  Education in Zion Gallery – JFSB

February 12 Black History Month: Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement  Galen Abdur Razzaq, aka Flute Juice, is an extraordinary flutist with an extensive performance career. A former educator, composer, arranger, director, and producer of children’s songs, Razzaq has performed and lectured at colleges and universities for over twenty-five years.

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM B192 JFSB

February 14 Valentines Day 

Living Legends  Living Legends captures the essence of ancient and modern culture in a panorama of Latin American, Native American, and Polynesian song and dance. Traditions come to life as talented descendants of these cultures blend authentic choreography, intricate costumes, and heart-pounding music into one captivating show.

7:30 PM de Jong Concert Hall (Tickets Required: eventtickets.byu.edu/)

February 20 Jesus, Gender, and Judaism  Amy-Jill Levine, an expert in both Jewish Studies and Early Christianity, will explore the Jewish context of the historical Jesus and his interaction with and teachings about women. 

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM  238 HRCB

Hickman Diversity & Inclusion Lecture  

Ignacio Garcia, BYU History Department

“A Vision to be Whole: Making BYU a Place Where All of God’s Children can Learn, Teach & Fellowship”

11:00 AM  250 KMBL

February 27 Black Women from Convict Leasing to Mass Incarceration: A Conversation with Talitha LeFlouria 

Come join and listen in on an important lecture with Talitha LeFlouria, she is a nationally recognized Historian and a leading expert on black women and mass incarceration. She is the author of the multi-award winning book called Chained In Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South, the first history of black, working-class incarcerated women in the post-Civil War Period. 

11:00 AM  B192 JFSB

February 28 BYU Perspectives: A Black History Month Celebration 

Come join us in celebrating Black History Month and the major impact it has had on who we are today. This event celebrates black history and allows students to share their personal perspectives of such through music dance and spoken work. 

Come support fellow students as they share their perspectives.

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM  Wilkinson Center Ballroom

Seeing the Forest and the Trees: The Hickman Diversity and Inclusion Lecture

Dr. Ignacio Garcia, the Lemuel Hardison Redd Jr. Professor of Western and Latino History, will present the first annual Hickman Diversity Lecture titled “A Vision to be Whole: Unlearning Ephraim and Re-engaging 2 Nephi 26:33” on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 11 AM in 250 KMBL.

The title of Garcia’s lecture focuses on how the doctrine of Ephraim has limited our view as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He will discuss the Church’s past doctrine that the members of the tribe of Ephraim were the “chosen people” and those of other genealogical heritages were perceived to be less obedient and worthy. Garcia states that although the Church has rejected this view for many years, it has still appeared in manuals as recently as four years ago. He says while members of the Church reject this thinking “whole-heartedly,” we don’t often realize that it has “seeped into everything we do.” He says this kind of sub-conscious bias is like how “we may reject our parents, but eventually we start turning into them because it is how we were raised.” 

Garcia will talk about how we can move past our mistaken thinking about the genealogical concept of Ephraim by realizing “it’s contrary to what Nephi was preaching in 2 Nephi 26:33, which is ‘the Body of Christ includes everyone, bond or free, male or female,’” regardless of our differences.

When asked to share more details about the lecture, Garcia says that he hopes to “look at differences and diversity as part of creating a whole for all of us as Latter-Day Saints, Americans, and human beings.” To do this, Dr. Garcia says we need to see that all things are integrated, but often our view is too narrow. He compares how we view diversity to how we often view a forest. He says that if we look at a forest but don’t see “the animals, the bushes, and the soil, we’re not really seeing a forest, but just trees.” He says this limited view impacts how we each deal with the issue of diversity, and it keeps us from integrating each person’s experience into our view of God’s kingdom.

During the lecture Garcia says he will “share some personal stories that point out how we often don’t know how to deal with people of color and people who are different.” He goes on to say, “Not only do we not know how to deal with them, we don’t know how to integrate their experiences, wants, and needs into our experience to make it about all of us.”

Garcia will also share some ideas of how we can each improve our vision when it comes to diversity and difference. First, he says that instead of asking people of color about their experiences, “we need to engage in conversations” to avoid asymmetric relationships. He goes on to talk about how we need to examine our relationship with the doctrine of Ephraim, and realize that although we may reject it, its ideas may still cloud our view when interacting with people of color. Finally, Garcia says that “We need to stretch ourselves to break down the forest into all its valuable parts and ask ‘How can we create God’s forest and who belongs in it?’” and also “look around ourselves and ask ‘Am I really creating a forest?’” in our church, academic, professional, and personal circles. Garcia says it is only once we have asked ourselves these questions that we can see the parts of our personal forests that are missing so we can see more than just the trees.        

The Hickman Diversity Lecture is given annually by a faculty member who has been awarded the Hickman Diversity, Collaboration, and Inclusion Award based on their research, teaching, and citizenship in the area of diversity and inclusion. Dr. Ignacio Garcia is the winner of the first award given in 2020.