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The Organization of Diversity

Dec 2020

Stark is the man. He’s one of the most easy-going professors I’ve come across. That doesn’t mean the class is a blow-off, though; I learned a LOT, much of which can be applied to a variety of fields other than sociology. He’s normally a graduate instructor, too, so his grading system is fairly lax. Do the work, demonstrate effort, and you’ll do well. Really nice guy too.

Dec 2020

If you're able to take a class with Prof. Stark, do it. Especially if it's a seminar because you'll able to genuinely connect and discuss with him. This man has a Wikipedia page and actually deserves it. He has so much to talk about.. and he talks a lot. There were times I was incredibly confused like when he did an entire presentation on his research of Oklahoma Megachurches but honestly it was a vibe. This seminar was heavily discussion-based which was great because everyone had amazing ideas to contribute. I'm not sure how fitting the title of the class was because we discussed a large array of topics from racial and gender diversity to the structure of companies/organizations, to personas. Some weeks were confusing but normally the content was very interesting. The last part of the semester was largely devoted to our final research paper and Stark didn't assign any readings those weeks (he is the greatest). He also said that pretty much as long as your final paper has an interesting topic, that's all he cares about, it doesn't have to cookie-cutter fit the class description. And people chose super interesting topics so that made the class even more interesting. My advice is to take a seminar with Stark and make the most out of it, aka go to his office hours!! He always has interesting things to say and he knows a lot of great people that he can refer you to for your research.