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CEA Program: Center for Urban Health Associate (Graduate Student Desired)

Department of Undergraduate Education (DUE) is home to Institute of Engaged Learning (IEL) which is sponsoring these types of positions across campus. This specific position is part of the Community Engagement Associates (CEA) program in which students work in a specific department on campus to support campus and community engagement initiatives. You will see more information on the specific job and department below.

Overview of department:
Earth Sciences students learn how humans interact with the environment to better understand the Earth's problems. Faculty engage in a wide range of environmental and geologic processes, globally and locally. Local projects include investigating water and soil quality, sediment transport and landforms, climate change over time, and environmental contaminants that threaten public health and ecosystems.

Project summary:
Prevailing practices suggest that environmental lead hazards are often discovered after a lead-poisoned child has been identified. Consequently, only a small fraction of children are tested for lead, resulting in possible undiagnosed lead poisoning. A community-based science study project has been developed to flip this dynamic by looking at environmental lead hazards to prevent lead poisoning. The study aims to test the validity and scalability of a lead screening kit by distributing these kits to Marion County households.
Specific tasks that the community engagement associate will complete: 
Duties of the position typically include the following:

  1. Participate in community outreach events.
  2. Assist with lead screenings.
  3. Conduct data entry and analysis.
  4. Prepare Lead Screening Kit materials.
  5. Pick up of Lead Screening Kit samples.
  6. Share updates with the IUPUI lead team. In addition, the CEA will have the opportunity to connect with local nonprofit and public health organizations.

Specific qualifications (knowledge, skills, class standing, etc) we desire the project coordinator to have:
  • The ideal candidate is a graduate student interested in public health, community-based research, and enjoys working with a diverse set of community members and key stakeholders.
  • This person is a meticulous worker with an eye for detail and accuracy.
  • A sense of humor is a bonus!  

Learning objectives:
By the end of this position assignment, the student will meet the following learning objectives

  1. The CEA values collaborating with others, especially those individuals representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints.
  2. The CEA demonstrates empathy, openness, inclusiveness, and sensitivity when working with diverse others.
  3. The CEA feels a sense of responsibility and commitment to use the knowledge gained in their higher education experiences to serve others.
  4. The CEA analyzes diverse perspectives and evaluates how these perspectives influence their own norms and biases.