Dr. Rachel Filinson Award in Sociology

Dr. Rachel Filinson was a valued member of the Sociology Department from 1987 to 2020, also serving as the Coordinator of the Gerontology Program and, for eight years, as Chair of the department. She inspired generations of students who remember her classes and her support fondly and was a superior mentor to new colleagues. Her excellent teaching, including innovating in what was then the cutting-edge practice of online learning, was coupled with an extensive record of scholarship and service to both Rhode Island College and the surrounding community.

The Rachel Filinson Award in Sociology is to be awarded to the graduating senior majoring in sociology who excels in sociology and in service to the department, college, and/or community.