The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life is looking for a research assistant for the fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters. This position will be based at CIRCLE’s Tufts University office, located in Medford, MA.
CIRCLE is a research-based think tank studying how young people in the United States learn to become active participants in our democracy. CIRCLE studies a broad range of topics, including K-12 civic education, youth organizing, youth and civic media, and community characteristics that promote civic development. The central focus of its work is expanding access to civic learning and engagement opportunities by illuminating and working with others to address systemic inequalities and marginalization.
The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, where CIRCLE is based, prepares Tufts students in all fields of study for lifetimes of active citizenship, and conducts critical national research to build stronger communities and democracy. Tisch College promotes new knowledge in the field and applies evidence-based practices in its programs, community partnerships, and advocacy efforts. Central to the university’s mission, the college offers opportunities for students to engage in meaningful community building, gain civic and political experiences, and explore their commitments to civic participation.
Operating under the directorship of Dr. Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, CIRCLE is a team of eight individuals representing diverse professional and academic backgrounds, perspectives, and lived experiences. In service of our goal to ultimately eliminate the systemic barriers that keep some young people marginalized from and underrepresented in civic life, we engage in impact-driven partnerships. By consistently seeking out opportunities to learn with and from people and organizations representing marginalized communities, we are able to intentionally iterate our approach to research and aim to achieve equal and just outcomes.
We take a systems-approach to understand and address barriers and widen pathways toward civic learning and engagement, which in turn drives a wide-ranging portfolio. CIRCLE focuses on the following major areas of inquiry through multidisciplinary lenses and a vision of equitable systems:
· Broadening Youth Voting/Growing Voters
The individual filling this position will work on the CIRCLE team to support projects focused on CIRCLE’s field-building and –change research and efforts in the k12 civic education field related to equity in civics, as well as smaller amounts of time working on projects related to youth activism, digital organizing, k12 civic education, youth voting, and other small projects that arise.
Desirable qualifications, experiences, and skills include, but are not limited to:
· Ability to collaborate with colleagues from varied backgrounds and to interact with practitioners of diverse backgrounds, views, and positions,
· Capacity to function well in a fast-paced, impact-driven workplace working on more than one project at one time,
· Willingness and regular commitment to communicate with colleagues who are remote,
· Familiarity with academic and research literature search methods, and
· Ability to review, summarize and write-up quantitative and narrative information.
· Knowledge of or experience in one of the following areas:
· Youth civic and political engagement
· K12 education
· Racial literacy
· Organizational change
· Interest in data, research or systemic reform efforts
· Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with practitioners and other stakeholders in a variety of communities with racial and economic diversity