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Give Green Day 2018


Thank YOU For Your Support!

On Give Green Day 2018, our goal was to raise $10,000 for the GenCen Community Research Scholarship Fund. With the help of 64 donors and project champions like you, we raised $25,930 on Give Green Day—259% of our goal! Thank you from all of us here at GenCen. 

Missed Give Green Day? You can still support the fund here.


The GenCen Community Research Scholarship Fund

MSU students are seeking opportunities to use their classroom learning to solve real-world problems. Local organizations doing work on gender and sexual orientation equality need to collect and analyze data to solve problems, but do not always have the time and expertise to devote to applied research. Through the Community Research Scholarship Fund, the GenCen will provide scholarship support for students to do engaged research with community organizations in order to meet the needs of students and the community. This scholarship fund will support undergraduate students working with community organizations on collaborative research projects to solve real‒world problems in the community. These research projects may include issues related to gender equity in the workplace, gender dynamics in schools, and gender‒based violence.

Providing scholarships will make these research collaborations more accessible to students by providing financial support that few community‒based organizations are able to provide. The fund will enrich the student experience through experiential learning, the development of critical problem‒solving skills to address the challenges facing society today, and by providing research resources to community partners.


Project Champion: Dr. Tracy Dobson

isp-3.jpgDr. Tracy Dobson is a retired faculty member of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. Throughout her tenure, she taught courses related to women, justice, and the law. During her time at MSU, Dr. Dobson was known for her tireless efforts to bringing gender equality across campus, launching the university’s enhanced plan to recruit and retain women faculty and administrators. In addition to her advocacy work, she has also established the Tracy Dobson Award for Undergraduate Student Feminist Activism, which recognizes those who have achieved a leadership position on behalf of their chosen cause. Learn more about Dr. Dobson and her support of GenCen in our short video.

Potential Project: K-12 Sexual Assault Education

2018_GIVE_GREEN_DAY_HYPE_PHASE_GRAPHIC_SQUARE_RESEARCH_TEAL.pngCommunity organizations in the Lansing area frequently need evaluation data to demonstrate the types of effects their programs are having on the community. As a part of a community research internship, an MSU student could work with a local organization to assess the effectiveness of one particular program. For instance, using different methods of data collection, the student could assess how effective an organization's K-12 sexual assault education program is in providing K-12 students with accurate information about consent, and the effects of the program on changing attitudes about sexual assault. The results of the assessment could be used to improve future programming, and to help the community organization maintain funding for successful programs.

Potential Project: Situational Violence

2018_GIVE_GREEN_DAY_HYPE_PHASE_GRAPHIC_SQUARE_COLLABORATION_TEAL.jpgA student can work with the Prevention, Outreach and Education (POE) Department, a newly formed department at MSU dedicated to preventing sexual and gendered violence on campus. The student selected for the project would work with Fraternity and Sorority students with the “Greeks Take the Lead” initiative and gather data on environmental safety and perceptions of situational violence. Results of this data will be utilized to inform and improve prevention practices with Fraternity and Sorority communities.

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