2017 ISA Conference Program – Final Program




Friday November 17, 2017

Theme: Sociology in Action


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kevin Leicht

Sociology Department – University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)



1184 W. Main St.

Decatur, IL 62522

Contact: Ken Laundra | klaundra@millikin.edu | Phone: 989-326-1139


8:00-9:00 AM: WELCOME & REGISTRATION | University Commons, Main Entrance                                 

        Continental Breakfast (complimentary) in Entry Lounge

9:00: Opening Remarks: MU Provost, Jeff Aper


9:30 – 10:30: SESSION I

Social Activism & Justice | UC 138/140

Bob Blain, Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville) (SESSION ORGANIZER)

The Root of United States Public and Private Debt: Told by the Pen of History

Jonathan Coley, Monmouth College

            Varieties of Activism: The Political, Work, and Family Trajectories of LGBT Student Activists

Keith Johnson

          When a Helping Profession Fails: The Case of Semaj Crosby


An Interdisciplinary Approach to Implementing Service Learning Ideas | UC 142/144

Three unique and interesting service learning activities in various stages of development and implementation will be discussed.

Elizabeth Grant, Lewis & Clark Community College

Integrating a Service Activity as a Group Assignment in a Speech Course

Renee Lewis, Heartland Community College

Incorporating Service Learning into the Classroom: Starting Out  

Doug Dowell, Heartland Community College (SESSION ORGANIZER)

Using Therapeutic Recreation Programs as Service Learning Opportunities in Sociology


Teaching & Learning in Sociology | UC 146

Wade Smith, Eastern Illinois University

From Course Content to Public Discourse: The Social and Political Significance of Defining Racism(s) in the Classroom

Nathan Buske, Millikin University

          Studying the Sociological Impact of Video Gaming

Jorge Chavez-Rojas, Millikin University (SESSION ORGANIZER)

Globalization Index and the Notion of Correlation


10:30 – 10:45: BREAK


10:45 – 11:45: SESSION II

Urban Peace Lab | UC 138/140

Peter St. Jean, North Park University (SESSION ORGANIZER)

          Conducting Better News Research

Marlee McCabe & Dawson Vosburg, North Park University

          I Am Not Going Back: Decidivism and Social Environment in Chicago

Adelfo Pita & Dyron Woods, North Park University

            Revenge without Violence in Chicago

 Jonathan Martinez & Enrique Menendez, North Park University

Swimming against the Currents: Underfunded Schools and Academic Achievements in Chicago


Practices in Restorative Justice (WORKSHOP) | UC 142/144

Keyria Rodgers, Millikin University (SESSION ORGANIZER)


Experiences of Sociology Majors Transferring into Four Year Institutions | UC 146

Undergraduate sociology majors who transferred from community colleges to four year institutions will share their experiences and answer audience questions.


Doug Dowell, Heartland Community College (SESSION ORGANIZER)

Dagan McKenzie – Millikin University

Tosca Waasdorp – Sauk Valley College and Illinois State University

Claudia Consuelos – Rock Valley College and Illinois State University


11:45 – 12:00: BREAK


12:00 – 1:00: LUNCH W/ KEYNOTE SPEAKER | UC 302 Banquet Room A

“The Future of Professional Work in a Post-Truth World”

Dr. Kevin Leicht- University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign


*Student Paper Awards Announced (Bruce LeBlanc, Black Hawk College)


1:15 – 2:15: SESSION III 

Urban Peace Lab II (PANEL or ROUNDTABLE) | UC 138/140

Peter St. Jean, North Park University (SESSION ORGANIZER)

Valentin Garcia & Ronald Sanchez, North Park University

Peace without Guns: How Chicago Residents within High Gun Violence

          Neighborhoods Resolve Conflicts without the use of Guns

Anosi Thomsen & Hidraid Aguilar, North Park University

The Uprise: Youth and Gang Avoidance in Chicago

Maggie Johnson & Katie McNaughton, North Park University

Poverty & Peace in Chicago: Voices on the ground

Jamie Sosa & Mariah Rosito, North Park University

In Spite of It All: Triumph After Human Trafficking


Student Research | UC 142/144

Bruce LeBlanc, Black Hawk College (SESSION ORGANIZER)

Amber Baer, Heartland Community College

Living through Addiction

Baylee Hudgens, Southern Illinois University

          Social Problems Process Model and Pro-Choice Abortion Rights

Christine Hier, Harold Washington College

Mixed Race Identity


Interdisciplinary Studies I| UC 146       

Carmella Braniger & Alex Miller, Millikin University

Shakespeare and Critical Storytelling: Promoting Social Change through Female

          Inmates’ Performances



Interdisciplinary Studies II | UC Leadership Room 110

Ken Laundra (Millikin U.), Eric Roark (Millikin U.) and Steve Johns (Ag Watershed Inst)

Roundtable discussion of various projects and research devoted to environmental    issues.


2:15 – 2:30: BREAK


2:30 – 3:30: SESSION IV

Peace Studies/Peaceology | UC 138/140

Peter St. Jean, North Park University (SESSION ORGANIZER)

Introducing Peaceology and Urban Peaceology: Findings from Multi-methods Research

          in Chicago

Eirik Jerven Berger, North Park University

Visual Urban Peaceology: Understanding and Amplifying Peace Intelligence in the Urban Context through the use of visual tools, ethnography, qualitative data, and media research

 Seanna Wong, North Park University

The Role of Theatre in Visual Urban Peaceology: Findings from Ground-Breaking Ethnographic Research and Activism in Chicago                                                                                  


Applying to Graduate School (ROUNDTABLE)| UC Leadership Room 110

Laura Dean, Millikin University

          Applying to Graduate School


Mindfulness: Practices in Health & Education (WORKSHOP) | UC 146

Karma Lynn Carpenter, Millikin University

Mindfulness Practices in Health and Education


Nature’s Fury & the Human Spirit (DOCUMENTARY FILM) | UC 304 Banquet Room B

William Lovekamp, Eastern Illinois University

Interviews with local residents who survived tornados talk about their experiences, shown in the recently aired documentary on PBS, “Nature’s Fury & the Human Spirit”



3:30 – 4:30: Board Meeting | UC Leadership Room 110




Organizational Leadership/Capstone Course

Elizabeth Lahey (Instructor)

Shelley Benson

Jacquie Davis

Noah German

Heather Hartrich

Dara Johnson

Alisha Lafferty

Tatum McCutcheon

Kristin Rees

Jennifer Rose

LaToya Alexander

Jennifer Yeakley

Thomas Serfass

Trisha Wheatley

Candis White


Opening Welcome: Provost Jeff Aper

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kevin Leicht


ISA Board Members

President/Webmaster: Kenneth Laundra

Co-President: Jorge Chavez-Rojas

Treasurer: Doug Dowell

Secretary: Cristina Prestin-Latham

At-Large Members: Keith Johnson, Gene Deerman, Melissa Barfield-Works

Student Paper Awards: Bruce LeBlanc

Student Representatives: Kathy Housh, Philip Byers, Aaron Sterchi


Millikin University