Obermann
Spelman Rockefeller Community Scholar
Applications due Wednesday, July 14
Opportunity open to all UI graduate students — master's and doctorate levels
For the second year, the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies is funding a graduate student Community Scholar to work with a local non-profit. This year, we are partnering with Open Heartland, a grassroots, community-based initiative that serves Latino immigrant families living in Johnson County, many of whom have escaped violence, extreme poverty, and lack of educational and health resources. Located on Iowa City's southeast side, Open Heartland has expanded during the pandemic in response to community needs, offering tutoring, English language classes, clothing and furniture exchange, a food pantry, and more.

The goals of this 25% position include deepening the Scholar’s understanding of how their current and future research can be enriched and enhanced through respectful engagement with local communities and interaction with community experts.

The Scholar must have basic Spanish. Priority will be given to students whose research and coursework is related to the focus of Open Heartland.
The Scholar's projects will include:

  • Facilitating enrichment programs for youth and adults; identifying needs, locating instructors, and overseeing scheduling
  • Assisting with Latino Storytelling Project by collecting, translating, and publishing stories
  • Overseeing and organizing food distribution in collaboration with local foods network
  • Managing social media and website needs, and providing input on other communications needs