Office for Institutional Diversity

Social Justice Research and Education Fund

Established in 2017, the Social Justice Research and Education Fund is made possible by generous donations from the Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation and Kathy and Alex Martinez '73, Reed alumni trustee. The Social Justice Research and Education Fund supports:

  1. Paid student internships, in collaboration with college offices, that focus on civic engagement and social justice research and education
  2. Paid summer research positions, in collaboration of Reed professors, on topics related to power and privilege, equity, critical race theory, and/or social justice
  3. Paid external summer internship and career development opportunities for Reed students, with a particular emphasis on students from historically underrepresented groups
  4. Additional Peer Mentor Program resources focused on the needs of entering students from historically underrepresented groups

To Apply

Students can apply to external summer internships funded by the Social Justice Research and Education Fund through the Center for Life Beyond Reed. The fund supports any type of summer internship opportunity and awards will be up to $4,000 per recipient, for a minimum of eight weeks of full-time engagement. Deadline to apply is March 30, 2018. Students are highly encouraged to schedule an appointment with Charles Daniel to complete the application process.

Staff and Faculty can submit a proposal to hire a student intern, utilizing the Social Justice Research and Education Fund, to support research or a project that focuses on civic engagement and/or social justice. Submit a one-page proposal to Projects supported by this fund should be:

  • Closely supervised by a faculty or staff member
  • Directly related to the mission of the Reed office or department and will enhance the office or department's diversity and inclusion goals
  • Focused on improving campus climate; improving student success and engagement, particularly for students from historically underrepresented groups at Reed; and/or enhancing Reed's engagement with the broader Portland-area community.

Student interns can earn up to $15/hour for up to 20 hours/week for up to 10 weeks in the summer (total of up to $3,000). Student interns can earn up to $15/hour for up to 8 hours/week for up to 12 weeks during the fall term (total of up to $1,440). Summer internships can continue into the fall.

Your one page proposal should include:

  • A description of the research or project to be undertaken by the student intern
  • The anticipated product of the project
  • A budget for the project including:
    • Any funds to be contributed by the office or department
    • An estimate of the anticipated pay rate and number of hours to be worked by the student intern (total should not exceed $3,000 in the summer and/or $1,440 in the fall)
    • An estimate of project-related expenses and/or supplies of up to $200, to be included in the total above. Please specify the nature of the expense(s)

Upon acceptance, supervisors will be responsible for recruiting and hiring their student intern. Priority should be given to students from historically underrepresented and marginalized groups (students of color, LGBTQ students, first generation to college students, and/or lower income students). Supervisors and interns will also submit a one-page summary reflection of the work completed at the end of the internship.

Please submit proposals by Friday, March 30, 2018 for full consideration. Proposals received after March 30 will be considered on a rolling basis based on available funds.

Previous Projects

2017 Summary of Research and Internship Projects