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Reinvigorated Drew University Sociology Club Tours Ellis Island

The club has seen successes in programming, recruitment

November 2023 – The Drew University Sociology Club recently took its first off-campus trip since its post-pandemic revitalization.

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Sociology Club members at Ellis Island

The club was resurrected from a pandemic-created slowdown by staff advisor Caitlin Killian, professor of sociology, and a dedicated group of student officers, President Niko Milberger C’24, Vice President Kelly Nigro C’27, CFO Anaiah Perry C’26, CCO Skylar LeBeau-Maltese C’24, and Secretary Phoenix Dougherty C’24.

The club recruited 22 new members during the fall 2023 club and activities fair alone, the majority being first-year and sophomore students.

“The Sociology Club serves to further the academic opportunities of those who study and are interested in sociology and offers opportunities to engage in scholar-activism, an essential field pillar,” said Milberger.

The group recently toured Ellis Island and participated in a hard hat tour of the site’s abandoned hospital.

“The trip to Ellis Island was a wonderful experience introducing Drew students to a storied past in U.S. history, especially the critical insights into U.S. immigration,” said Milberger. “We learned what it was like back then and how people were treated. It was a great trip for students to meet and connect and network—an educational yet fun event.”

The trip was in honor of a late Drew student and club member Tammy Montgomery, who passed away in 2017 and whose family has donated to the club in her honor.

The Sociology Club is always looking for new members. If interested, please contact Vice President Kelly Nigro. The club has an open-door policy to any majors and minors and is for everyone at Drew. 

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