August 1st, 2017
Dear Interested Community Member:
The Coalition of Somali American Leaders (Somali Coalition) is currently comprised of 10 non-profit, health and social service organizations in Minnesota with plans for ongoing membership growth throughout the state of Minnesota and other parts of the country. The Somali Coalition exists to cultivate effective community leadership, increase community and organizational development, facilitate intercultural exchange, and mobilize resources in order to support the full participation of Somali-Americans in Minnesota society and traditions.
The Somali Coalition recognizes the important feedback that public stakeholders can provide in the design and implementation of research proposals and projects that institutions seek to conduct in the Somali community. Therefore, the Somali Coalition is forming an independent Community Review Board (CRB) in an effort to protect the Somali community from intentional and unintentional harm from research practices with human subjects. The CRB is intended to advise outside researchers/investigators about unique and culturally sensitive conditions and circumstances of potential community participants, as well as to assist researchers in developing culturally relevant protocols to conduct research and to be aware of how research findings are characterized and interpreted.
The CRB will include volunteer members who have a personal or particular interest in serving their community and who reflect the diverse interests and experiences of groups and individuals within the Somali community such as those related to health, education, social services, housing, childcare, youth, elderly, women, immigrant/refugee, religious, and economic development. Members are required to have a high level of fluency writing and speaking in English. In the first year of development, CRB members will be expected to participate in CIRB training on August 24th from 9:30am-3pm and meet in person in the Minneapolis area monthly and communicate electronically and by teleconference CRB members will be expected to serve an initial two-year term.
If you are interested in participating on the CRB for the Coalition of Somali American Leaders, please respond by email with a completed application by midnight on August 13th, 2017. The email address for submissions is firstname.lastname@example.org. Final selection will be made by August 18th by a selection committee independent of the Somali Coalition.
For additional information about the Somali Coalition please visit their website www.somalicoalition.org. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Somali Coalition by email email@example.com
The Coalition of Somali American Leaders