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Buffy Smith

Associate Professor
Degree
BA, Marquette University
MS and PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Office
OEC 444
Phone
(651) 962-5697
Fax
(651) 962-5682

At St. Thomas since 2004

Race and Ethnicity, Social Stratification, and Social Problems

Dr. Smith’s primary research interests include examining racial and class disparities within the higher education system. She also writes on policy issues dealing with mentoring, access, retention, equity, and diversity in higher education. She has over 10 years of experience researching how colleges and universities can assist underrepresented students with understanding and navigating the institutional culture of higher education in order to achieve academic success. Dr. Smith has received several awards and grants that recognize her research on diversity issues in higher education. Dr. Smith’s publications have been featured in research and practice oriented journals such as African American Research Perspectives and Equity & Excellence in Education. In addition,she is the author of the book, Mentoring At-Risk Students through the Hidden Curriculum of Higher Education  (Lexington Books, 2013). She is the recipient of the 2008 Diversity Leadership Teaching/Research award presented by the UST office of Institutional Diversity.

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/08/04/book-argues-mentoring-programs-should-try-unveil-colleges-hidden-curriculum

http://diverseeducation.com/article/66772/?utm_campaign=Diverse%20Newsletter%

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
SOCI 110 - 01 Social Problems M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 OEC 452
CRN: 40334 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Buffy Smith Contemporary society is confronted with a number of serious problems that are often global in their impact. This course explores the causes, effects, and proposed solutions to some of these major social issues. Special attention is given to issues of inequality (such as racism, sexism, and poverty) and problems in core institutions (such as family violence, unequal educational opportunities, and unemployment). This course meets a requirement in the Justice and Peace Studies program and fulfills the Social Analysis and Human Diversity requirements in the core curriculum.

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SOCI 110 - P1 Social Problems M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 OEC 452
CRN: 40968 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Buffy Smith Contemporary society is confronted with a number of serious problems that are often global in their impact. This course explores the causes, effects, and proposed solutions to some of these major social issues. Special attention is given to issues of inequality (such as racism, sexism, and poverty) and problems in core institutions (such as family violence, unequal educational opportunities, and unemployment). This course meets a requirement in the Justice and Peace Studies program and fulfills the Social Analysis and Human Diversity requirements in the core curriculum.

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SOCI 251 - 01 Race and Ethnicity M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 OEC 452
CRN: 40338 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Buffy Smith Race and ethnicity as significant components of U.S. social structure; the cognitive and normative aspects of culture which maintain and effect varying manifestations of social distance, tension, prejudice and discrimination between majority and minorities at both micro and macro levels, nationally and internationally. This course meets a requirement in American Cultural Studies and Justice and Peace Studies and fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: sophomore standing

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J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
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Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
SOCI 251 - 01 Race and Ethnicity M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320
CRN: 20786 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Buffy Smith Race and ethnicity as significant components of U.S. social structure; the cognitive and normative aspects of culture which maintain and effect varying manifestations of social distance, tension, prejudice and discrimination between majority and minorities at both micro and macro levels, nationally and internationally. This course meets a requirement in American Cultural Studies and Justice and Peace Studies and fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: sophomore standing

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SOCI 350 - 01 Social Inequality:Priv & Power M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040
CRN: 20657 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Buffy Smith This course identifies and investigates the following topics: general principles of stratification, theoretical explanations by which inequality emerges and is maintained, the relationship between social class and other forms of inequality in the United States including gender, race, and changes in social hierarchy over time. The course will explore issues such as poverty, welfare, occupational prestige, meritocracy, and class prestige. Although primary focus is on the United States, the course also examines global inequality. Prerequisite: SOCI 100 or SOCI 110 and Junior standing

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