Summer Graduate Assistantship: Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity

Graduate Assistantship

Open call: Summer 2021 with the possibility of renewal 

Start Date: May 15, 2021 

Hourly Commitment: Works up to 20 hours weekly. 

Location: Primarily remote with the availability to be in person when necessary and following the latest CDC guidelines. 

Compensation: $3,000 stipend, no tuition remission. 

Overview: This assistantship role is designed to support the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity. The function is to help coordinate educational programs that are proactive and promote what it means be an inclusive campus. 

The position has four primary responsibilities: 

1. Programming: help directors and coordinators with educational programing to promote diversity, equity and inclusion 

2. Proactive: seek innovative opportunities to engage the entire campus community in promoting inclusion 

3. Preventing: assist directors and coordinators with researching best practices to honor freedom of expression to ensure that all members of the campus community feel included 

4. Promoting: assists with the management and development of social media posts, and eMagazine publications. 

Application materials: introductory letter of interest and resume 

Application Deadline: May 7, 2021 

Apply to: Dr. Veleka S. Gatling, Director of Diversity Initiatives 

More details about this position:


20% work hours 

The GAA will report to the Director of Diversity Initiatives in the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity. The GAA will help with organizational and administrative work as requested by the Directors. Examples of such work: assisting in the development of programming related to diversity, equity and inclusion, researching best practices; assisting in the development and management of social media posts and other campus communication. 


20% work hours 

This can include developing the marketing and publicity for the events as well as preparation for them. Duties will include organizing workshop materials; ordering event supplies, attending events to help with logistics; maintaining statistics tied to events in terms of attendance; and, following through with event attendees after an event concludes. The GAA will also responsible for archiving all artifacts tied to events in hard copy and digital formats so that they can be referenced or reused. 


25% work hours 

The GAA should become familiar with the process of uploading web content on the office web page through Adobe CQ. Some knowledge of web design is preferred. It is important that the GAA stays informed about all the new developments regarding the web pages, as well as the university’s policies regarding web content uploading. 

The GAA will also work with the director on graphic design and serve as a graphic designer for the office website. A good understanding of Adobe Creative Suite and Canva is preferred for the GAA to perform the duties as described above. 

The Internet presence needs to expand for the diversity side of the office. The GAA will participate in enhancing the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity’s impact through Instagram and other social media outlets. 


10% work hours 

The GAA will work with the director to create the Office of Intuitional Equity newsletters. The GAA will also work with the directors on news highlights. The newsletters are published twice during the academic year and are distributed primarily through email and the office website. The newsletter is expected to give critical and timely information about matters of campus-wide interest. 

The GAA will work with the director to develop story ideas for the newsletter and research and write some of the content. The stories must be diverse to represent campus-wide diversity efforts. The stories must be written in a style that combines human interest and technical scientific writing. 


10% work hours 

The GAA will also perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Diversity Initiatives. 


Collaboration: The successful GAA must work well in teams. 

Communication: The successful GAA must have the ability to communicate clearly in written and spoken English. Excellent proofreading skills are essential. 

Research: The successful GAA must have the ability to conduct independent research. 

Software Experience: The GAA must know Microsoft Office suite (including Excel and Publisher), PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat Pro. 

Workload: The GAA will work 20 hours per week for the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity. 


The payment for this position is $3000.00 for the summer semester with the possibility for renewal during the 2021-2022 academic year. There is no tuition waiver connected with this position.