Graduate Assistant for Diversity and Inclusion

Graduate Assistant for Diversity and Inclusion


Basic Function:

The Graduate Assistant (GA) for Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) is a half-time assistantship within REHS, reporting to the Associate Director for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. This position has primary responsibility in overseeing the development and success of the Neighborhood Black and LGBTQA+ Caucuses through intentional advisor development and leadership opportunities; the GA directly advises the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer of the Residence Halls Association (RHA). The GA will also be responsible researching and designing training curriculums on diversity and inclusion for student employees. The GA for D&I will provide support in facilitating focus groups, analyzing data, training staff, creating summaries/reports of current and previous data, and other human resources functions as assigned. 

Residence Education and Housing Services team members are committed to the following principles: 1) student learning, engagement, and development through the neighborhood model, 2) intercultural learning and inclusion; 3) restorative justice principles, and 4) sustainable practices. They understand and appreciate the fact that they are the primary custodians of the Residence Education and Housing Services brand and work in a culture of accountability to ensure the brand is strengthened through daily actions.


  • The Graduate Assistant for Diversity and Inclusion will assist in coordinating aspects of departmental diversity and inclusion projects/initiatives, some data collection, data entry and analysis, synthesizing information, report writing, and presentation of results to a variety of stakeholders.
    • History and Awareness Months Initiatives (Ex: Latinx History Month, Trans Awareness Week, APIDA History Month, Black History Month, etc.)
    • Dinner w/ 12 Spartans Initiative
    • Planning and Facilitation of the Fall and Spring Black and Queer Caucus Leadership Retreat
    • Diversity & Inclusion Certification Pilot Program
  • Diversity and Inclusion curriculum development for staff training
  • Advise and assist with development or selection of workplace climate assessment tools.
  • Assist with preparing presentations and reports related to diversity and inclusion and training.
  • Monitor and assess research trends applicable to diversity and inclusion and staff development.
  • Attend and participate in REHS trainings, meetings, and committees.
    • Weekly 1:1 Meetings with Assistantship Supervisor
    • Bi-Weekly Diversity & Inclusion Unit Meeting
    • ResEd (weekly) and REHS (bi-weekly) Intercultural Work Team Meetings
  • Other responsibilities may include the planning and execution of special events.
  • Other duties as assigned.



The ability to write on a scholarly level and the basic knowledge of qualitative research methods and analysis are necessary for this position. In addition to this, the person must be able to present in front of varied audiences. The ideal candidate would possess knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite. Ability to interact with a diverse population, good written and verbal communication skills. Familiarity with higher education industry norms is beneficial.


Supervision Received:

The Graduate Assistant for Diversity and Inclusion reports to and is supervised by the Staff Recruitment, Selection and Training Coordinator for Residence Education and Housing Services. Contact is expected on a regular and frequent basis, including weekly one-on-one meetings. Written reports may be expected concerning specific situations. Decisions involving delegated areas should be communicated to the Staff Recruitment, Selection, and Training Coordinator (or designee), and are often made in consultation with him or her.


Physical Effort:

Mildly disagreeable working conditions involve working in an environment with limited privacy and potential for a low level of excessive noise. The Graduate Assistant for Diversity and Inclusion may be expected to work evening and weekend hours on a limited basis.



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