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My - People Come and Go Around Here So Quickly!

It’s already time to bid a fond farewell to the students and staff of CSR. We wish you well as you take on new endeavors, and we will miss you.

Departing Staff:

Greg Kim: After working at CSR as both a research assistant and a Research Specialist, Greg returns to South Korea, where he will serve in the Korean Military for the next few years.

Owen Selles: One of our Research Specialists, Owen, begins his departure from CSR with a month-long trip to Turkey. After that, he’ll begin studying Landscape Architecture and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Our Stellar Students:

Michael Bloom (B.A., Economics)
Alden Hartopo (B.A., Economics and International Relations)
Steven Lewis (B.A., Psychology)
Tavi Stewart (B.A. Sociology)
Josh Vander Leest (B.A. Psychology)
Cari Vos (B.A. Linguistics and Psychology)

Thanks for all you contributed to CSR!

Posted by Kathryn A. Bardolph on Friday, June 26, 2015 at 02:06 PM
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Residents’ access to waterfront parks in Kent County

CSR has just released a first draft of a new interactive map of the relationship between Census blocks and parks in Kent County. We’ve already learned that we missed a couple small waterfront parks in Plainfield Charter Township. We’d love to get your feedback! Take a look below, and read some light analysis on the Kent County Speaks blog.

Posted by Neil Carlson on Monday, June 01, 2015 at 02:57 PM
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Community conversations about racial equity and college affordability

CSR is hosting two peer organizations as they facilitate open community conversations about racial equity and college affordability at Calvin. Please visit our public engagement site KentCountySpeaks.org for more details!

Posted by Neil Carlson on Monday, May 11, 2015 at 02:33 PM
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Women in Leadership National Study (Gender Parity Project)

UPDATE: Christianity Today has a front-page article today (September 22) covering this study, also called the Gender Parity Project. The research team has also issued a press release.

Together with partner scholars Dr. Janel Curry of Gordon College and Dr. Amy Reynolds of Wheaton College, Calvin College is conducting the Women in Leadership National Study through the Center for Social Research. Dr. Reynolds has previewed the results on the “Black, White and Gray” blog at Patheos.com, which triggered later coverage by Christianity Today.

As part of the study, CSR student research assistants have collected data on over 1,400 evangelical organizations selected from the membership of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and the Accord Network of antipoverty organizations (formerly AERDO). Data sources are public records such as IRS forms 990 and ECFA public profiles, along with research assistants’ best estimates of the gender and race of each employee and board member listed on each organization’s 2010 form 990.

The interactive Tableau visualizations below present the results as of spring 2014.

Posted by Neil Carlson on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 12:29 AM
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A Fond Farewell to CSR Staff and Students

CSR Family Photo

This summer, CSR had to say goodbye to many staff and student researchers as they move onto exciting and new adventures. We are so sad to see them go, but so excited for them and the new journeys they’re embarking on. A big thanks to each and every one of you!

Staff Departures

Kristen Napp
Kristen started at CSR as a student Research Assistant. After graduating from Calvin with a double major in Social Work and Spanish, Kristen worked at CSR as a Research Specialist for another two years. She recently accepted a job and is now working in Grand Rapids for Salvation Army Services as the Data and Evaluation Coordinator.

Traci Montgomery
Beginning as a student research assistant, Traci came to CSR in June 2011. After graduating from Calvin, she worked as a Research Specialist for one year and a Research Associate for her last year. A degree in Mathematics and Geography in hand, Traci is now working in Walker, MI as a Consumer Insights Coordinator for Meijer.

Alexander Tyan
Alexander (Sasha) graduated from Calvin with an International Relations major. He worked for one year as a Research Specialist and has moved onto studying the French language at a university in Paris.

Student Departures

Leah Hoogstra
Leah Hoogstra recently graduated from Calvin with a double major in Mathematics and International Development.  She was a Research Assistant for two years at CSR, and she is now working at Basis Policy Research as a Research Associate in Grand Rapids.

Natalie Patterson
After graduating Calvin this past May with a major in Environmental Studies and minor in Geography specializing in GIS, Natalie began working as a summer intern at a Property Management company in North Carolina where she was soon thereafter offered a full time job. 

Lauren Muñoz
Lauren worked at CSR as a student Research Assistant for two years and graduated in May 2014 with a double major in Sociology and Spanish. She is now working in Ann Arbor as a Data Governance Specialist at TD Ameritrade.

Melissa Lubbers
Melissa first began CSR as the psychology intern and was hired after her tenure as intern as a student Research Assistant. She graduated spring 2014 in Psychology and Social Work. After graduation, she accepted an internship position in Ann Arbor, MI with a non-profit company called Avalon Housing.

Michael Kelly
After graduating Calvin with a double major in English and Psychology, Michael has gone on to pursue his Master’s in Educational Research, Methods, and Evaluation at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. He also accepted a graduate assistantship at the School of Education’s Office of Practicum Experiences and Teacher Induction. He worked at CSR for two years.

Stacia Allen
After working at CSR for a year as a student Research Assistant, Stacia will start her Social Work practicum full time this fall. She will graduate Calvin with a degree in Social Work. 

Posted by Kandin Unger on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 08:26 AM
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