Practicum Fieldwork

Practicum in Policy Advocacy: Crafting the Public Health Case Against Race-Based Hairstyle Discrimination (Summer 2021)

STRIPED has a new paid practicum opportunity for students at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for summer 2021. In this paid practicum, students will have the opportunity to gain field experience in policy advocacy to support the CROWN Act in Massachusetts (https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/HD447), legislation to ban natural hairstyle discrimination. In 2019, the CROWN Coalition (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair) began to introduce into US state legislatures the CROWN Act, which aims to end “discrimination based on race-based hairstyles by extending statutory protection to hair texture and protective styles such as braids, locs, twists, and knots in the workplace and public schools.”

Practicum students will:

  • Gain valuable knowledge and skills in effective techniques for research-to-policy translation through a public health lens
  • Build skills in a variety of communications modalities used in policy advocacy
  • Focus their time on writing a policy brief, developing a fact sheet, and drafting hearing testimony on the public health and social justice implications of race-based hairstyle discrimination.

Interested applicants should:

  • Ideally have some experience in policy advocacy on public health and social justice issues and knowledge of race-based natural hair discrimination.

Practicum students will work closely with STRIPED Director Bryn Austin, STRIPED collaborators, and staff with the Massachusetts state legislature.

Interested students are invited to submit their CV and one-page statement of interest to STRIPED Director S. Bryn Austin Bryn.Austin@childrens.harvard.edu by Friday, April 30.