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Alumni, Current Students


Current Job Market Trends 

October 8, 2020

Given the change of course that has happened in the world, we wanted to provide expert opinions on what aspiring graduates can do to start off their careers in an uncertain economic climate. We wanted to know what skills will be more important, where the economy is doing relatively well, and if there will be any lasting effects on the job market.

Companies are looking for candidates that can handle the new responsibilities of the job market. Recent graduates actually have an advantage because they are comfortable using newer technologies and have been communicating virtually their whole lives. They can take what they’ve learned and apply it immediately.

We talked to professors from several universities to get their opinions on where the job market for recent graduates is heading, as well as how young graduates entering the industry can be adequately prepared. Here are their thoughts.
Our Panel of Experts


Erika Abbott graduated from Boise State University in 2018 with a BS in Social Science and minors in Nonprofit Management and Labor Studies. Erika now attends Cornell University as a Ph.D. graduate student in Sociology, with support from the Policy Analysis and Management Department. Cornell awarded Erika with the Dean’s Excellence Fellowship, a competitive fellowship that recognizes incoming students with strong academic and personal accomplishments. Through IMSRL at Boise State, her research focused on the cultural barriers faced by women with children as they pursue their undergraduate degrees. She plans to continue a similar path during her graduate studies, focusing on the barriers that women with children face when obtaining and maintaining employment, and how current policy may contribute to those barriers.


BOISE STATE’S BLACK ALUMNI CHAPTER’S 2nd Annual Toy Drive and Reception

Holiday Tree in the Quad


Please join us in celebrating the holiday season and the spirit of giving. Our Boise State Black Alumni Chapter has an annual service tradition of giving back to our community. They have selected a local non-profit, the Boys and Girls Club of Idaho, to support in gathering holiday gifts for children.

We invite you to bring a new, unwrapped toy or receipted gift card to the Alumni and Friends Center and stay for some light refreshments and holiday music while wrapping the gifts with members of the community. Volunteers are invited to stay and help wrap gifts as well. Please register below to assist us with an accurate food and beverage count.


7-9 p.m.

Complimentary Parking available.

Join us for light refreshments in the ballroom.

Alumni and Friends Center
1173 University Drive
Boise, ID 83706

Gift Guidelines: Please bring unwrapped gifts or receipted gift cards
for school-age children (age 5-18 years).


Register by clicking the orange button below. If you are not able to join us but would like to participate by dropping off a gift, please bring gifts to the Alumni and Friends Center (second floor) between Dec. 2 and 9. Visitor parking is available behind the building.

For questions, contact Teresa Harder at (208) 426-1297 or email chapter leaders at

Public Lecture

“Regenerating Education: The Future of Public Universities After the 2020 Elections?”
Wednesday, Oct 9 – 6:00 pm, Hemingway Center Gallery

Location: HEMINGWAY CENTER 1819 Cesar Chavez Lane Boise State University

Christopher Newfield’s most recent book, “The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016) addresses the post-2008 struggles of public universities to rebuild their social missions.

Panel Discussion with Christopher Newfield

“The Landscape of Higher Education”
Thursday , Oct 10 – 5:00 pm, Hemingway Center Gallery
Ginna Husting, Professor of Sociology
Donna Llewellyn, Director of the Institute for STEM & Diversity Initiatives
Zeynep HansenVice-Provost for Academic Planning and Professor of Economics
Departments of English, Psychology, Sociology

Open House

SOCIOLOGY, Ethnic Studies,
Gender Studies, Labor Studies,
and Mexican-American Studies
Invite You

Wednesday, September 25th 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Riverfront Hall Room 214

Please join us, hang out, eat, and meet professors and classmates

Please join Immigrant Justice Idaho and Boise Brewing for a night of fundraising! Immigrant Justice Idaho will be hosting an informational panel during the event addressing current immigration issues. Come and meet our team, learn more about immigration, and drink good beer! Hope you see you there!

August 15th @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Boise Brewing
521 W. Broad St., Boise, ID 83702

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