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In the Bellwether Collaborative for Health Justice, we look for a diverse pool of applicants including those from historically marginalized groups — women, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,  gender non-conforming, people with lived experiences of addiction and mental health conditions, people of color, people with incarceration histories, people with disabilities, first and second generation college students, first and second generation immigrants, veterans, and people from different socioeconomic backgrounds. 

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Open Positions

Graduate Research Assistant: SHINE Study

About the Shine Study:

Research shows that police interactions can negatively impact individual's health and well-being especially in Black and Brown communities, which historically are over policed and under-resourced. Cities across the country have responded to this public health need by creating alternatives to traditional policing, like the Holistic Empathetic Assistance Response Teams (HEART) program in Durham, NC. HEART sends a team of clinicians, peer support specialists, and EMTs to certain 911 calls, reducing the need for police involvement and offering social service referrals to those in need. 

The SHINE Study aims to:  

  1. Investigate community members’ experiences with and attitudes toward community safety, police, and preferences for alternative responder interventions, with attention to neighborhood and demographic characteristics.

  2. Understand stakeholder and program participants’ satisfaction with the alternative first responder program and how program implementation can be optimized. 


About the Position: 

We are hiring a graduate level research assistant to assist with qualitative data collection, coding and analyses.  In addition to hands-on research experience,  the collaborative also  provides RAs with mentoring and opportunities to contribute to the development of scholarly products, manuscripts, and conference presentations.

Who should apply?

Ideal candidates are curious, self-directed, detail-oriented, and have strong communication skills. They will also have experience with qualitative research. We will prioritize students who have interest or experience in social justice work as well as those who have high Spanish language proficiency.


Hours Required: 

Students should be able to commit to 8-12 hours/week

Pay Rate:


Start Date: 

Applicants will be reviewed and hired on a rolling basis starting November 2023

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