At the University of Chicago Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, we want students to have access to academic and cultural resources, but to also have opportunities independent of the classroom and student life. Thus, the following is a list of opportunities where students can go to search for funding, enrich their summers or find work after graduation.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Equality Illinois Student Assistant

Dr. Melissa R. Michelson, Professor of Political Science at Menlo College in Atherton, CA seeks a responsible student assistant to work with her on this project. The student will be expected to attend the phone bank trainings and sessions, to ensure that Equality Illinois volunteers are properly following the experimental protocol and to take field notes.

About the program: Equality Illinois is a statewide organization working to secure and protect rights for individuals of all sexual orientations and identities. For more than three years, they have been working to allow couples to get civil unions in the state of Illinois. Their hard work paid off and the Illinois Legislature passed SB1716, allowing statewide civil unions. The law goes into effect June 1. Equality Illinois is now working to build support for marriage equality legislation. In order to explore how best to increase support for such a law among African-Americans, they will be launching a field experiment phone bank. The experiment will use two scripts and compare outcomes in terms of voiced support, willingness to join an email list, and willingness to make a small financial donation. The experiment is being organized in cooperation with Dr. Melissa R. Michelson

  • Next night to work is Thursday May 26 and Tuesday May 31.
  • Each night is 5:45-8:15, and the pay is $25 for a shift.
  • The pay is based on a stipend, so it's not taxable.
If appropriate (based on performance), the student will be invited to co-author subsequent conference papers and/or publications based on the experiment. Future letters of recommendation from Dr. Michelson are also possible. Interested students should email Dr. Michelson at

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