Graduate Assistant for Inclusion and Equity Initiatives
Under the auspices of the president, the Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity (OIIE) affirms and supports Towson University’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. The office fosters a university climate that is grounded in respect, civility, and inclusion, enriches the educational experience of students, supports positive workplace environments, promotes excellence, and cultivates the intellectual and personal growth of the entire university community. In addition, OIIE works to support the university’s commitment to a learning and working environment free from sexual misconduct, discrimination, harassment, hate and bias.
The Graduate Assistant (GA) for Inclusion and Equity Initiatives will aid in the development of trainings, workshops and resources focused on issues of diversity, inclusion, equity and cultural awareness for the University community. The GA will work under the direction and supervision of OIIE professional staff, and will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with staff, faculty, and student from across the University as appropriate. Contingent on funding this position will be either a 10-hour/week ($3000.00) or a 20-hour/week position (6000.00), with some flexibility in hours; limited evening and/or weekend hours may be included. This position pays bi-weekly stipend and covers tuition costs of up to 6 credits (10 hours/week position) or 12 credits (20 hours/week position) per semester.
The candidate for this position will be appointed after complying with all policies and procedures outlined in the requirements of Towson University and the College of Graduate Studies and Research. Students interested in this position must be committed to a fully-affirming environment for diverse identities and must have foundational knowledge of diversity, inclusion, and equity.
1. Perform duties related to the logistics and coordination of inclusion and equity workshops and trainings for faculty, staff, students, and mixed audiences; topics include cultural competency, equity, implicit bias, microaggressions, hate / bias incidents, Title IX, Civil Rights, and ADA.
2. Assist with compiling and organizing data related to trainings and presentations, including attendance and training evaluation.
3. Develop and organize a wide array of diversity education materials, both online and in print.
4. Conduct ongoing peer institution and best practice research on diversity, inclusion, equity and compliance initiatives and trainings.
5. Meet weekly with their supervisor to discuss updates, assignments, and plan on-going trainings, activities, and events.
6. Perform other duties related to inclusion and equity initiatives as assigned.
1. Admitted to a graduate degree program at Towson University
2. In good academic standing and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 each term in all courses taken for graduate credit during the assistantship
3. Registered for course units during every academic term of the assistantship
4. Foundational knowledge of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice.
5. Experience (volunteer, paid, or through student involvement) supporting underrepresented and underserved communities.
6. Strong commitment to equity and social justice with a general knowledge of global, social, cultural, and/or political issues and perspectives.
7. Familiarity with intersectionality, power/privilege, social justice identity development and allyship, protected classes, unconscious bias, microaggressions, and critically examining and challenging transphobia, racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, and other systems of oppression.
8. Experience and interest in programming educational initiatives, delivering workshops and trainings, and improving the overall cultural competence of the University community.
9. Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite.
10. Ability to work independently with minimal onsite supervision.
11. Ability to multitask, adapt well to change, and work well in a fast-paced environment and with people from diverse backgrounds.
Please submit a cover letter, current resume, and unofficial undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts to the Office of Inclusion & Institutional Equity, at OIIE@towson.edu. The position will be open until filled, completed applications received by noon on June 7, 2019 will receive priority consideration.