Dr. Stephany Rose Spaulding, Women’s & Ethnic Studies

The faculty of the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences continue to make an impact through their research, creative works, teaching and service, activities. Three of our faculty members were recently highlighted in the Communique. Click the links for each story to read more.

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GES 1010 students doing some socially distant field work along Fountain Creek…masks on of course.

Every year the Fall semester gets off to an early start with pre-term courses. In fact some courses have finished before the official Fall term even begins. This week Eric Billmeyer, Senior Instructor of Geography & Environmental Studies, not only finished teaching LAS’s first course of the Fall 2020 semester during a pandemic, but he took his students out into the field.

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Dr. Chip Benight

Psychology Professor Charles (“Chip”) Benight was recently featured in multiple UCCS Communique articles. “Benight on resilience: We’re going to get through this” discusses the newly formed National Institute for Human Resilience, which Dr. Benight directs. In “Seven steps to creating resilience during a pandemic,” Dr. Benight provides 5 concrete steps anyone can take to deal with the current situation. Both articles were written by Anna Squires.

Dr. Lynn Vidler, Dean of the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences (LAS), recently presented a webinar for incoming students and their parents. Dean Vidler provided an overview of our majors, our core educational model, and also earning trends for graduates with the majors we offer. They also answered questions submitted during the webinar about the Fall 2020 term and strategies for succeeding in online courses. You can watch a recording of the webinar to get up to speed on our College and what the Fall 2020 term will look like.

On Saturday, June 6th, UCCS students Emily Nguyen and Jessi Asuquo hosted a peaceful march to insight social change within the Colorado Springs community. During this event, they held 8 minutes and 45 second of silence for George Floyd and discussed the racial injustices that many people in the black community face today, before marching on behalf of all the people who have died unjustly in this country. A short movie of the event was featured on LAS Peak Moments.

Christina Jimenez

Dr. Christina Jimenez, Professor and Chair of the Department of History, was recently featured on a national podcast from the Movement is Life Caucus. The following was taken from a brief description of the podcast episode:

“COVID-19 is severely impacting underserved communities. Health disparities continue to make the headlines as we transition from the acute phase of the pandemic to the chronic phase. This new normal means we must learn to live with the coronavirus for the foreseeable future. We will continue to peel back layers of disparities to reveal the factors behind health inequities being amplified by this pandemic. In this podcast for Movement is Life, Episode 41 we discuss privilege. We hear the p-word (privilege) used a lot in the context of health disparities, but what does it really mean and how does it perpetuate health inequities?”

Movement is Life Caucus Movement is Life is a multi-disciplinary coalition seeking to eliminate racial, ethnic and gender disparities in muscle and joint health by promoting physical mobility to improve quality of life among women, African Americans and Hispanics. Strategic Objectives. To Reduce Musculoskeletal Health Disparities at the Patient, Healthcare Provider.
Michele Okun

A study conducted on the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on students’ health was recently featured in the UCCS Communique. The study was conducted by Michele Okun, Lectuer, and Leilani Feliciano, Professor, both from the Psychology Department.

Leilani Feliciano

Chip Benight, Professor of Psychology, was interviewed recently by CU on the Air about his work on human adaptation from trauma.

Chip Benight