My name is Dr. Dawn Robinson.  I am an assistant professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the University of South Carolina Beaufort.  I am conducting a research study on the lived experiences of women of color leaders in human services, and I would like to invite you to participate.  

I am studying the daily experiences of women of color who serve in leadership roles in human services agencies/organizations in this study.  If you decide to participate, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire that asks your age, location, and a few questions about your experiences, meet with me for an interview (by phone or face-to-face) about your experiences as a woman of color leader in the field of human services, and speak with me by phone to verify the research team’s understanding of your experiences. 

In particular, you will be asked questions about your experiences as a woman of color leader in human services.  You may feel uncomfortable answering some of the questions.  You do not have to answer any questions that you do not wish to answer.  The meeting will take place at a mutually agreed upon time and place, and should last about 45 minutes to 1.5 hours.  The interview will be audiotaped so that I can accurately transcribe what is discussed.  The tapes will only be reviewed by members of the research team and destroyed upon completion of the study. 

You will receive a $10 gift card for your participation in the study at the time of the interview. If you are interviewed by phone your gift card will be mailed to you within 7 days of your interview. 

Participation is confidential. Study information will be kept in a secure location at the University of South Carolina Beaufort.  The results of the study may be published or presented at professional meetings, but your identity will not be revealed.  So, please do not write your name or other identifying information on any of the study materials. 

I am happy to answer any questions you have about the study.  You may contact me at 843-208-8251 and [email protected]. Thank you for your consideration.  If you would like to participate, please contact me at the number listed below or email me to discuss participating. 

With kind regards, 

Dawn Robinson

Dawn M. Robinson, Ph.D.
University of South Carolina Beaufort
[email protected]