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Membership Categories

  1. Affiliated Members: Open to Brock tenured and tenure-track faculty members, Emeritus Professors, professional librarians, LTAs, ILTAs, and post-doctoral fellows. Affiliated members are encouraged to participate in the governance of the SJRI.
  2. Research Associates: Open to anyone eligible to be an affiliated member (see above), Brock-based visiting scholars and adjunct professors who are working on projects with a social justice focus.
  3. Participating Members: Open to anyone inside or outside of Brock who wishes to have a connection with SJRI, but who is not an affiliated member or research associate.

Privileges and Responsibilities of Membership

  1. Affiliates may serve as principal applicants to the SJRI Grants Program and are encouraged to participate in the governance of the SJRI, attend FSC meetings (without a vote), and attend semi-annual general meetings (with a vote) where they are responsible for voting on membership and governance motions. Their research and external funding ‘outputs’ may be disseminated by SJRI and included in annual reporting.
  2. Research Associates may not be the principal applicants to the SJRI Grants Program, but they can apply as co-applicants. They may be involved in organizing SJRI events and can attend SJRI meetings (without a vote). They cannot join as a member of the FSC. Their research activities connected to SJRI may be included disseminated by SJRI and included in annual reporting.
  3. Participating members have a less formal relationship to the SJRI and thus limited rights and responsibilities: they cannot be main applicants to the SJRI Grants Program, but can be co-investigators; the can be involved in co-organizing SJRI events and may attend SJRI-sponsored workshops and, but may not attend SJRI business meetings.

Processes for Membership

  1. Affiliated members:
    • Applicants must submit a one-to-two page statement of intent outlining the relevance of their research to social justice and their planned contribution to SJRI, along with an up-to-date CV. The FSC will review all applications and recommend affiliation or not. Final voting on membership will take place by affiliated members at a semi-annual general meeting.
      • Affiliated members will be asked to re-affirm their affiliation with the SJRI every five years.
      • Members of the SJRI may resign their membership through a letter to the Director.
  2. Research Associates:
    • Applicants submit a CV together with a short (1 page maximum) letter indicating why they would like to be a Research Associate, why their research program is a good fit with SJRI’s vision, and how they hope to contribute to the SJRI community and research culture. Applications will be voted on by the FSC.
      • The tenure of the appointment will normally be for the duration of the applicant’s appointment (or visit) to Brock.
        • If a Research Associates would like to retain the title once they leave Brock, this will be addressed on a case-by-case basis, assessing the benefits to SJRI of retaining this connection.
  3. Participating members:
    • Prospective participating members are welcome to sign-up to receive information about our activities (e.g., newsletters), invitations to events, and gain the potential to collaborate with a vibrant community of social justice researchers, activists, and community leaders.
    • Anyone actively involved in organizing SJRI events is considered to be a participating member.
      • In extraordinary circumstances, participating members can have their status rescinded by a two-thirds majority vote of the FSC.