Throughout the first summer of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States—in addition to the racial justice movement and economic downturn—the Sorenson Impact Center’s MAPS project had conversations with dozens of students about the changes in their higher education experiences, particularly those that showed new or exacerbated inequities in the system.
Again and again, the team heard that students didn’t feel understood by their institutions or involved enough in decision-making spaces. Sorenson Impact convened the first Student Coalition on Higher Education in response to this common experience of students, bringing together a group of postsecondary students from across the nation. Throughout its first year, the Student Coalition met with industry professionals, led conversations with fellow students, conducted research, and more, all with the aim of driving student-equity-centricity in the future of higher education.
As the Student Coalition continues into its second year, the group will build upon the key work already begun, focusing on centering and empowering students in the story of higher education by understanding student experiences, amplifying student voices, and leveraging student expertise. Learn more about the Student Coalition’s work here and reach out with any questions.
Roles & responsibilities
Working alongside MAPS research-to-practice and strategic communications teams, four (4) Student Associates with the Student Coalition will play a key role in:
- engaging with administrators and fellow students by planning and executing targeted conversations, convening, and more
- critically analyzing external engagement, current events, and more to develop student-equity-centric insight
- translating findings into practical information for higher education decision-makers
- strategically disseminating knowledge to higher education leaders seeking to drive change
Skills & qualifications
- Current enrollment in a postsecondary program
- Dedication to equitable student success
- Strong attention to detail
- Able to juggle multiple projects at a time
- Strong communication skills, including verbal and written
- Excellent time management and organizational skills
- Desire to build and cultivate strong relationships
- Reliable and consistent participation and contribution
Student Coalition members must commit to working ~10 hours per week between August 2021 and April 2022. This position is compensated at $15/hr* and can be remote.
The Sorenson Impact Center strongly encourages diverse applicants (please circulate widely), especially those who self-identify as Black, Native or Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, non-binary, living with disabilities, neurodivergent, young, speak English as a second language, and others from overlooked / underestimated communities.
* Due to legal restrictions regarding student employment under certain Visa statuses, Sorenson Impact can not guarantee our ability to pay international students. For international students potentially selected, we commit to working with you and your institution to determine our ability to adequately compensate you for your time and energy. Please reach out with any questions.