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Archives - July 2020

July 30, 2020

Board Resolution in Honor of Representative John R. Lewis

On behalf of the Board, we have sent letters (and a copy of the resolution) to the President of the United States and Congressional leaders, urging them to expand voter rights, to enact criminal justice system reforms, to assist states with federal funds to ensure fair and safe elections in November, to rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge the John R. Lewis Bridge, and to replace the statue of Alexander Hamilton Stephens in the Capitol with one of John R. Lewis. We have sent letters to John Lewis’s staff in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. expressing our condolences (and asking them to convey our condolences to his family) and to the Governor of Alabama and legislative leaders in the state urging them to rename the Pettus bridge the John R. Lewis Bridge.

To read a copy of the Board Resolution in honor of Representative John R. Lewis click here.
To read the letter to President of the United States and Congressional Leaders click here.
To read the letter to the  Governor of Alabama and Alabama Legislature click here.
To read the condolences letter to John R. Lewis’s staff click here.

07/30/2020, 11:26 AM


July 28, 2020

August issue of Social Problems is now available

SSSP members can access the August issue of Social Problems via our website. Please visit or follow the members-only link below for complimentary electronic access. All issues from 1953 - current are available. Members are required to login using their e-mail and password. If you have forgotten your password, you may enter your e-mail address below the log-in area, and your password will be e-mailed to you. If you have recently changed your e-mail address, you will need to log in using the e-mail address SSSP has on file for you. If you have any questions or need assistance, please e-mail the Administrative Office, at

Members only link

07/28/2020, 09:49 AM


July 23, 2020

Virtual Annual Meeting Sponsors

We’re excited to announce the ½-day virtual Annual Meeting on Friday, August 7 from 12:00pm–5:00pm (EDT). This program is offered as a complimentary benefit to current SSSP members. A special thanks to the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice at Roosevelt University and the Oxford University Press for their financial contributions to our virtual program activities. Please mark your calendar for this important conference. We hope to see you there. If you have not renewed your membership or joined SSSP, please consider doing so today.

07/23/2020, 01:18 PM


July 22, 2020

Consider Giving the Gift of SSSP Membership

In these times of economic crisis, racial inequality, and the pandemic, the work of the SSSP is more vital and necessary than ever. Due to the economic uncertainty of these times, many of our graduate students and/or unemployed members may lose out on the important work, and the human connections that SSSP membership brings. The power to change the world starts with one act of kindness. Please consider giving the gift of membership, or even better work with a group of colleagues (in a division, a department, or a university) to join forces to gift more memberships to those who are not in a position to renew their membership right now. For more information on gifting memberships, individually or as a group, please contact

07/22/2020, 08:17 PM


July 16, 2020

2019 Social Problems Impact Factor and Ranking

The 2019 Journal Impact Factor ranking for Social Problems placed it among the top 30 journals in all of sociology—with an impact factor of 2.345. The 5-Year impact factor of 3.324 speaks to the enduring quality of the journal and the lasting importance of its content to the field, especially as the number sociology journals continues to grow over time. In recognition of this announcement, Social Problems invites you to access a virtual collection of freely accessible high impact articles. SSSP wants to thank our current editors Annulla Linders and Earl Wright II and outgoing editor Pamela Anne Quiroz and their colleagues for all of their hard work on the journal.

07/16/2020, 10:06 AM


July 14, 2020

Deadline to Comment on Proposed Resolutions-July 15

The Board of Directors agreed that all three proposed resolutions would be posted for membership comment. Between June 15 and July 15, the resolutions will be available for review and comment by the Society’s membership. During this review period, current members can express online, their support or opposition to a resolution, and their reasoning. They can also propose changes to the resolution for the Board of Directors’ consideration and final disposition. Click here to comment on the proposed resolutions. Note: You must be a current member to access this pageClick here to join or renew.

07/14/2020, 09:35 AM


July 10, 2020

Webinar: A 12-Step Program for Decolonizing the University, A Conversation with Dr. Rodney Coates

Thursday, July 30, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET 

Long-standing calls to uproot structural racism across the world – including in academia – have gained impetus in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. But what does decolonizing the university mean? And how can professors, faculty, students, and academics work to create this change?

As Europe colonized much of the world, it installed its major institutions – politics, family structure, economic systems, religion, and education – across the United States and Americas, India, Africa, and the Caribbean primarily to guarantee European rule, hierarchies, and identities. As former colonies have struggled to remove the imperial color, their efforts have been stifled in many ways by the institutions that are central to their existence. Within the university, as with all other European imported institutions, white privilege, space, and identity have been not only preserved, but continually reified.

In this free, 1-hour webinar, Dr. Rodney Coates, a professor of Global and Intercultural Studies and coordinator for Black World Studies at Miami University, Ohio, will outline his 12 steps for accomplishing such decolonization. He’ll explain how and why decolonizing the university means recentering the various voices of peoples of color, taking them from the margins to the core of what the academy is about. Audience members will walk away with not only a better understanding of how academia marginalizes people of color, but also action steps for deliberate, strategic, and protracted change within the classroom and across campus.

Of the 1,000 slots originally allocated, less than half remain.  Hurry to claim yours.  Register now for this free webinar

07/10/2020, 09:00 AM


July 09, 2020

Renew Your SSSP Membership

Don’t miss out on this year’s ½-day virtual annual meeting. Renew your SSSP membership today, if you’re not a current member. Prior to the meeting, an announcement will be sent to all 2020+ members with the appropriate links to attend each section of the program. Renew now by visiting:

07/09/2020, 12:15 PM


July 07, 2020

SSSP 2020 ½-day Virtual Annual Meeting Schedule

Don’t forget to mark your calendars now and join in on Friday, August 7 from 12:00pm–5:00pm (EDT).

Schedule of Events:

SSSP Business Meeting: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Presidential Address: 1:15pm-2:15pm

Awards Recognition: 2:30pm-3:15pm

Plenary Pandemic Focused Session: 3:30pm-5:00pm


Click here for more information.

07/07/2020, 12:45 PM


July 02, 2020

A Call for a New Wave of Activism to Reduce Racial Inequality

Steve Barkan’s 2009 presidential address, “Toward a New Abolitionism: Race, Ethnicity, and Social Transformation,” called for a new multicultural social movement to end racial and ethnic inequality and for social scientists to increase their research on such inequality. Read it again or for the first time!

07/02/2020, 10:18 AM