Call for Anti-Racism Research Fellow, Collaboratory – Oct 2

Posted by Collaboratory on September 22, 2020

Collaboratory is excited to launch the Research Fellows Program, which recognizes exemplary and emerging scholar-practitioners who are committed to advancing the field of community engagement. Fellows explore research and programmatic efforts that enact Collaboratory’s mission and support member institutions and the broader field of higher education community engagement. Fellowships are designed to give practitioner-scholars a national platform to pursue research and programmatic ideas that correlate with ongoing Collaboratory initiatives.

Anti-Racism Fellow: 

Higher education is uniquely positioned to stand and fight against systemic racism and work toward agendas promoting a more equitable society.  The descriptive data Collaboratory collects across its membership (currently 26 institutions) has the potential to powerfully illustrate concrete examples of how anti-racism is operationalized via community engagement and public service work conducted by faculty, staff, and students, across a broad range of intersectional issues (poverty, homelessness, workforce development, etc.). As higher education begins to shift away from reflection and towards action, examples of how anti-racist work actually manifests through community-university partnerships will be critical to help position – through research and action – higher education’s role in developing a more just and equitable society for all.

Before we can operationalize anti-racism, it must be defined in ways that can be measured. Our goal is to inform how institutions can:

  • intentionally incorporate anti-racism work into efforts across campus
  • hold institutions accountable in more deliberate ways, with data
  • chart a path to do this within individual institutions and as a larger field

To these ends, Collaboratory seeks to support an anti-racism research fellow who will work to develop criteria for what “anti-racist community engagement” looks like – what common characteristics, principles, focuses, etc. are present when engagement is conducted with an anti-racist lens?

Please submit a letter of interest and your CV no later than 11:59pm EST on Friday, October 2, 2020.

Learn more and apply here:

Contact Kristin Medlin, Director of Research, at with questions.

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