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Graduate Research Assistant - The Future of Oakland: Talking Transitions

The SGA will work under the supervision of Dr. Jeremy Sorgen to support the Future of Oakland: Talking Transitions project. In collaboration with Community 2 Community (C2C) research faculty and other project partners, including the City of Oakland Mayor's Office, the SGA will use community-based research methods to 1) evaluate raw qualitative data on housing and homelessness, economic development, and crime and public safety and 2) develop a policy report and related deliverables for municipal authorities. The SGA will assist in all project phases, from holding listening sessions with community partners, to data collection and analysis, to project write-up and dissemination. The SGA will also have opportunities to write grants for developing this work in new directions.

  • Location:

    Remote (Oakland Campus)

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  • Semester:

    Summer 2024


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  • Project Title

    The Future of Oakland: Talking Transitions

  • Faculty / Project Lead

    Jeremy Sorgen

  • Project Description

    Funded by the Provost Office, Community to Community is an impact accelerator designed to bridge the gap between knowledge and practice and find equitable solutions to local policy problems across each of Northeastern's global campus locations. The Future of Oakland is the first major research project for the Oakland campus with potential to grow into a multi-year initiative that empowers Oakland residents to inform the City's vision and design of Oakland's future. Based on preliminary results from the Talking Transitions survey that the City rolled out to over 7000 Oakland residents, the project will have an initial focus on Housing and Homelessness, Economic Development, and Crime and Public Safety. The SGA will work closely with Dr. Jeremy Sorgen, Oakland-based research faculty and other C2C affiliates to analyze this data, hold listening sessions with community partners, and develop research deliverables that the City requests, including a policy brief, graphic chart book, and summary report. The SGA will have opportunities to be engaged in all phases of research and, depending on project timeline and success, to travel to Oakland to present this work to top city administrators and community partners. The SGA may also be involved in grantwriting to support project development. Funding is available for one GSA at 20 hours/week or two GSAs at 10 hours/week.

  • Qualifications Necessary

    Required qualifications: -Interdisciplinary focus and demonstrated interest in social justice -Attention to detail and organization are essential to ensure data integrity -Excellent verbal and written communication skills -Deadline oriented to achieve external milestones required by policy partners Desired qualifications: -Interest and background in environmental justice, urban public policy, and/or community-based research -Experience doing qualitative data analysis and facility with software such as NVivo or QDA -Experience doing basic quantitative analysis and facility with software such as Excel or STATA -Ability to create professional presentations for meetings with internal and external partners

  • Hours per Week

    10 Hour Position