Sarah Sexton - Race and Gender in American Music and Film
Sarah Sexton is the owner & co-founder of OIM Records, an independent record label based out of Oakland, CA. She has spent the last 8 years as a talent buyer for a variety of Oakland music venues, a go-to curator for music festivals and crawls through the East Bay area, and as a minion for music industry greats such as AEG Live and High Road Touring. Since finishing her Bachelor’s degree in UC Berkeley’s American Studies program in 2019, she was hired to open, staff, and manage the music streaming platform Bandcamp’s premier record store and performance space in the heart of downtown Oakland’s entertainment district. Sarah currently resides part time in Oakland and part time in Maui, Hawaii where she plans to open an artist-in-residency program on the island. When she’s not starting record labels or booking artists, she’s off causing trouble, trying not to get caught, and never saying sorry. Get it Kitty.
American Studies H110 - Honors Seminar: Bay Area in the 1970s
Ethnic Studies 100 - Comparative Ethnic Literature
Gender and Women's Studies 102 - Transnational Feminism
History 125A - History of African-Americans and Race Relations in the United States, 1550-1861
Sociology 163 - Popular Culture
Thesis Radicalizing The Mainstream: An Analysis of Boots Riley's Film Sorry To Bother You through the lens of Oakland Social Movements from 2009 to 2018
Tyana Cullen - Social Inequality in the American Schooling System
After graduation Tyana moved back to San Diego and is completing a Master’s in Teaching at Point Loma Nazarene University, where she will also receive a Multi-Subject and Mild/Moderate Disability Credential. Additionally, Tyana also serves as an Academic Coach in the High Tech High schooling system, where she is responsible to ensure that students with disabilities and learning differences have full access to the general education curriculum by providing tutoring, small group instruction, and one-on-one support. After completing the Master’s, Tyana plans to teach elementary school and eventually pursue a doctoral degree.
Chicano Studies 110 - Latina/o Philosophy and Religious Thought
UGIS 120 - Introduction to Applied Language Studies
UGIS 110 - Introduction to Disability Studies
Education 188B - Native American Education: Critical Issues and Possibilitiesd Religious Thought
Education 183 - High School, The Movie
Education 190AC - Critical Studies in Education
Thesis Visual Aid or Visual Distraction?: Multimodality and Classroom Theming as Methods of Immersion
Tyana’s honors thesis analyzes how classroom spaces have not developed at the same pace as teaching methodologies and how this disjunction is ruining the student’s ability to be immersed into the classroom curriculum. An ethnographic project that cross-referenced data from eight separate K-5 classrooms to showcase the teachers’ ability to provide multimodal lessons, Tyana’s research showed that all of the teachers successfully provided multimodal lessons, but have not altered their classroom spaces to play a part into the visuality of the lessons. Lastly, the thesis argued that the presence of unused items on the walls, with posters that were unrelated to actual curriculum, and teachers’ minimal collaboration with students disrupted the theme of their classrooms, creating more distraction than scaffolding to help students learn.
Doug Schowengerdt - Queer Art and American Cultural History
After graduating with honors in American Studies and a minor in Art History, Doug quickly began making work influenced from the concepts explored in their research and writing. Currently, Doug works as a cultural correspondent for the brand consultancy agency, the projects*, and lives in Berlin, Germany while pursuing a Master’s in American Studies (Amerikanistik) from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
LGBT 146 - Cultural Representations of Sexuality
Gender and Women's Studies 126 - Film, Feminism, and the Avant-Garde
History of Art 186C - Art in the Later 20th Century
History of Art 192H: Seminar:: Modern/Contemporary Art
History of Art 192T - Seminar: Evolutionary Aesthetics and the History of Art
Thesis The Authenticity of the Faux: A Queer Sensibility to Art Making
Rachel Kovinky - Food Systems and American Communities
Following graduation, Rachel moved to Washington D.C. for the summer, where she interned for National Public Radio in their Event Sponsorship department. While she loved her time at NPR, Rachel knew that she wanted to end up back in the Bay Area. She has since accepted a full-time offer with the San Francisco Parks Alliance, a local nonprofit that champions and improves parks and public spaces across the City. Moving to San Francisco and working for the Parks Alliance has allowed Rachel to further pursue her passions for environmental equity, community engagement, and of course, parks. In the years to come, Rachel intends to pursue a Master’s degree in City Planning and continue working at the intersection of people, place and public good.
City Planning 118AC - The Urban Community
City Planning 119 - Planning for Sustainability
Environmental Design 181-134 - Outdoor Recreation - University of Copenhagen
Geography 130 - Food and the Environment
Sociology C115 - Sociology of Health and Medicine
Sociology 139F - Selected Topics in Social Inequality: Social Problems of the Food Industry
Thesis From Potato Patches to Community Collectives: The Roots of Revitalization in Detroit
Elsie Wiley - Food, Power, and Policy in the U.S.
Having already established a decades’ long family business in the property management and maintenance field in North Oakland, California, and after completing the research for her capstone senior thesis project, Elsie plans to pursue a Master’s in demography where she can continue to study the intersections of human population and social justice in Oakland.
Legal Studies 184 - Sociology of Law
Education 198 - Directed Group Study
Public Policy 101 - Introduction to Public Policy Analysis
Sociology 169F - Cultural Perspectives of Food
UGBA 192T - Corporate Social Responsibility
Thesis Homelessness in Oakland, California, 2015 to Early 2019
Tanvi Agrawal - Consumer Culture and Social Media
Tanvi is pursuing their technical curiosity at a cybersecurity company, Cloudflare, where they are a business development representative. They keep up with their love of theater by writing reviews for online newspaper, Theatrius, assistant directing professional productions, and coaching actor friends.
Sociology 121 - Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Social and Cultural Context
Business Administration 167 - Special Topics in Marketing
Computer Science 195 - Social Implications of Computer Technology:The Social Life of Computing
Film 120S-131 -Italian Media- UC Center, Rome
Industrial Engineering 190B - Advanced Topics in Industrial Engr & Operations Research: Entrepreneurial Marketing & Finance
History of Art 190 - American/British Art
Thesis Beyond Human: Augmented Reality Technology and the Making of Human 2.0
August Jay - Social Inequality and American Youth Culture
After graduation, August moved to Oakland and worked in a variety of positions. With the goal of becoming a practicing psychotherapist, they will pursue an MSW at Columbia University’s School of Social Work where they will participate in an advanced clinical social work practice beginning Fall 2020.
Sociology 111AC - Sociology of the Family
Psychology 144 - Emerging Adulthood
Sociology 130 - Social Inequalities
Ethnic Studies 144AC - Racism and U.S. Law
American Studies 101 - The Teen Age
Thesis How Dr. Seuss Became White: The Hegemony of Whiteness against the Ethnic Other Found in Political Cartooning on the U.S. Homefront
Emma Bianco - Cold War Politics and American Culture
Emma plans to pursue a Master’s and Ph.D. in history to continue studying the emergence and changing ideologies of Republicanism and extreme conservatism, particularly women’s role in redefining local party politics in California.
American Studies 101 - Golden Age of Advertising
American Studies 101 - The Great Exhaling: Culture, Politics and History, 1946-1952
American Studies 102 - California, the West, and the World
History 171C - The Soviet Union
History 130 - American Foreign Policy