A doctoral student is doing a study on what motivates students from
certain backgrounds to engage in service. He asked that we contact our
student volunteers, to see if any of you would be interested in
participating in this study. The survey can be accessed below.
Have an amazing (sunny) weekend!
My name is Todd Porter, and I am a doctoral student in the Educational
Leadership and Policy Studies program at UVM. I am currently working on
a study that examines the experiences and motivations of students who
come from a economically disadvantaged (i.e. poor or working class)
background that engage in university-sponsored volunteer opportunities
that focus on economic justice. I am defining economic justice as any
service that has a primary focus on poverty, hunger, and/or
homelessness. I am requesting that any willing person that fits these
parameters complete this anonymous survey . This study is only geared
towards those who self-identify as having a background of being
poor/working-class. Further information about the survey is listed
below. To access the survey, please go to:
Thank you very much!
Doctoral Student, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
University of Vermont
*Title: *Motivations of Low-income College Students Participating in
Economic Justice Volunteer Work
*Principal Investigator: *Todd Porter
*Faculty Sponsor*: Dr.* *Maureen Neumann
*You are being invited to take part in this research study because *you
have self-identified a college student or recent alumni/a that comes
from low-income background and currently are, or have in the past
participated in university sponsored volunteer work specifically
designed to work with issues of poverty, hunger, or homelessness.
_Why is This Research Study Being Conducted? _
This research is being conducted as a component of a doctoral research
methodology course in the College of Education and Social Services at
the University of Vermont. Research indicated that the reasoning for
voluntarism is different amongst individuals from different class
backgrounds, but not examined it as a focal point. Information used in
this research will be considered for a conference presentations to
professionals in the field of Student Affairs.
_How Many People Will Take Part In The Study? _
A survey will be distributed that is open to any student or recent
students at the university from marginalized class backgrounds././
_What Are The Risks and Discomforts Of The Study? _
There are no anticipated risks associated with this study.
_What Are The Benefits of Participating In The Study? _
Assisting administrators in understand of motivations for a certain
population that engages in community service.
_Are There Any Costs? _
There are no associated costs.
_What Is the Compensation? _
No Compensation is provided.
_Can You Withdraw or Be Withdrawn From This Study_
You may discontinue your participation at any time
You may contact Dr .Maureen Neumann , the Supervisor in charge of this
study, at (802) 656-1422 for more information . If you have any
questions about your rights as a participant in a research project or
for more information on how to proceed should you believe that you have
been injured as a result of your participation in this study you should
contact Nancy Stalnaker, the Director of the Research Protections Office
at the University of Vermont at 802-656-5040.
Sarah J. Heim
A*VISTA Vermont Campus Compact
Leadership and Civic Engagement Programs
University of Vermont, Student Life
Dudley H. Davis Center
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