Focus Group Consent Form

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Consent Form – Focus Group Interviews - CDS Diversity Assessment You are invited to participate in a research study assessing the training needs of the CDS full-time hourly staff. We ask that you read this consent form and ask any questions you may have before agreeing to participate in this study. Participants must be 18 years old or older. (Comment #1)

This study is being conducted by Anam Kazim (Graduate Student), Karen Samuel (Graduate Student), Shruti Singla (Graduate Student), and Dr. Dan Brown (Professor) at Illinois State University

Purpose of the Study:
The purpose of this study is to gain knowledge about the current work culture and environment among the 149 full-time hourly CDS staff, with regard to diversity. The ultimate aim is to create a better and more inclusive work environment for the staff members. (Comment #1) Procedures and Duration of the Study:

If you agree to participate in this study:
* You will be asked to participate in a focus group discussion comprising of 5 staff members and led by a moderator. None of the CDS administration members will be present at the sessions. * Participation in this study should take between 45 and 60minutes and will be completed during work hours. (Comment #1) Risks and Benefits of being in the Study:

* The risks associated are minimal.
* If you feel uncomfortable answering any of the questions you are free to skip them or stop your participation at any time. * There are no immediate benefits to the participant, but we hope that the results will help create a positive and inclusive work environment. (Comment #1) * While we cannot guarantee that participants in the focus groups will not share information with others outside the sessions, we will ensure we request them to respect other’s confidentiality and refrain from sharing information outside. (Comment # 2) Confidentiality:

* The records of this study will be kept confidential and will only be accessible to the...
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