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Crafting Democratic Futures Intern

Organization

U-M LSA Center for Social Solutions

Location

Ann Arbor (pending U-M COVID-19 protocols)

Supervisors

Jessica Cruz and Earl Lewis

Description of the Intern’s Role

The intern will be responsible for supporting activities associated with the CSS Crafting Democratic Futures (CDF) project, a Mellon Foundation-funded program consisting of nine geographically dispersed colleges and universities and involve community fellows as well as local organizations in a collaborative public history reckoning designed to offer tangible suggestions for community-based racial reparations solutions (click here for more information). More specifically, the intern will participate in strategic planning meetings, organize and conduct research in identified fields. They will analyze research and prepare reports to inform the larger overall report. They will also complete other CDF related duties as assigned.

Schedule

Note: all students are expected to work 20 hours per week. The specific days of the week and remote work possibilities (if any) are at the discretion of the site and should be discussed explicitly during the interview and hiring process. Here you can identify specific days of the week students should plan to work because of staff meeting times, team schedules, etc.

Center for Social Solutions Staff meetings take place Tuesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Additionally, the Just Futures Initiative has scheduled standing meetings for each site team. Please see the table below for meeting dates/times. Please note, we will work with the student’s class schedule.

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Meetings
Teams Frequency Time
Weekly Check-In Mondays: Weekly 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
CSS Staff Meeting Weekly: Tuesdays 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
CDF Team: University of Michigan Weekly: Wednesdays 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
CDF Team: Emory University Monthly: Second Tuesday of the month 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
CDF Team: Rutgers University-Newark Monthly: First Wednesday of the month 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
CDF Team: Spelman College Monthly: First Tuesday of the month 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
CDF Teams: CIC Colleges Weekly: Tuesdays 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
CDF Teams: Biannual CDF Convening Two times per year 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Ad hoc As needed TBD

About the Organization

The Center for Social Solutions promotes academic research and social policy that serves the common good in four program areas: Diversity and Democracy; Slavery and Its Aftermath; Water, Equity and Security; and The Future of Work.

While much debate focuses on the identification of the “right” problems, the center recognizes common threads of vulnerability and inequity throughout each focus area, and acknowledges that to address one issue is to address, in some way, all of them. When we look at the history of innovation it becomes clear that creating valuable new ideas often builds upon restructuring prior iterations; however, to innovate, we need to imagine simultaneously another, more inclusive world. Creating such a future requires that we come to terms with the past. The center aims to identify such gaps in research and practice, contemplate how to bridge these gaps, and develop programs and avenues to combat inequity and injustice.

By applying rigorous scholarship to the real world, we offer tangible solutions to real problems, promote public good, and strengthen our global community.
The mission of the Center for Social Solutions is to cultivate collaboration, leadership, and scholarship in order to create a more equitable and inclusive world. We seek to identify, develop, and implement scalable, data-driven solutions that address societal inequities. In this spirit, our four founding initiatives—diversity and democracy, the impact of slavery, water security, and the future of work—aim to redress systemic injustices through interdisciplinary research and educational outreach.

The mission of the Center for Social Solutions is to cultivate collaboration, leadership, and scholarship in order to create a more equitable and inclusive world. We seek to identify, develop, and implement scalable, data-driven solutions that address societal inequities. In this spirit, our four founding initiatives—diversity and democracy, the impact of slavery, water security, and the future of work—aim to redress systemic injustices through interdisciplinary research and educational outreach.

Website

https://lsa.umich.edu/social-solutions.