Sociology Student Association (SSA)
In the fall of 2006, the Department of Sociology formed the Sociology Student Association (SSA) to promote interest in the study of sociology, sociological research, and other social and intellectual activities. The SSA is affiliated with the national honor society for sociology, Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), but unlike AKD, the SSA has no GPA or major requirements, nor does it require students to pay a fee to join. Rather, the SSA is open to any and all undergraduate and graduate sociology majors, minors, and those who are simply interested in sociology but are not in the program.
The SSA is overseen by Dr. Lauren Heberle and Prof. Andrea Koven, who view the organization a key element in learning about social issues and actively engaging in related service. In the past, the SSA has toured a local prison, discussed volunteer opportunities, and attended a debate at the law school regarding school desegregation in Louisville. This year, they will participate in "Take Back the Night" on campus and collaborate with some other UofL organizations on service activities, such as visiting Brooklawn and interacting with the residents, participating in an environmental cleanup day at a local park, etc.
The SSA provides a great opportunity for students to get involved, associate with faculty members in the department on a regular basis, and get to know other sociology students. If you are interested in SSA, please contact Dr. Heberle or Prof. Koven.