I hope that all of you at California Mothers Out Front and the communities you serve are keeping each other secure and taking care. I am a PhD researcher at the University of California Santa Barbara and am wondering if you could send the research participation request below calling for participants for my research study on transgender or nonbinary parents active in the environmental justice movement to your listservs? I’ve reached out to Mothers Out Front National but figured I should try reaching out to my state’s chapter!
I am also happy to send you a flyer and the Institutional Review Board (IRB
) approval letter. The IRB
reviews all research projects to ensure that research participants are not harmed by research.
Hello, my name is Jeff Feng, and I’m a graduate student in political science at the University of California at Santa Barbara. I’m conducting a research project exploring the activist experiences of transgender, non-binary and gender-diverse parents who are active in the environmental justice movement. Given the recent police brutality and state violence protests, I will also ask about participation in Black Lives Matter activism.
When I say parents and parenting, I am referring to an expansive definition of these concepts, encompassing of transgender and non-binary parents who became parents through diverse routes, such as adoption. Those who view themselves as mothers, fathers, or parents within your community to youth activists or younger activists, outside of strict family ties (that is, you do not have a relationship to the person by law), are also encouraged to participate. I especially encourage folx who are people of color, immigrants, and poor or working class to participate in the study.
Those interested will first complete a brief screening survey. The interview itself will last from 30 minutes up to an hour and a half over Zoom or the phone. The interview can be stopped at any time and questions can also be skipped. I would like to record each conversation to later analyze responses with those from other interviews for the purposes of writing academic and public-facing papers. Any quotes used in research outputs will be anonymous. To ensure confidentiality, all recordings and transcriptions will be kept in a securely encrypted storage drive.
Please let me know if you are interested in participating in the study by emailing me at [email protected]
I am happy to address any clarifying questions.