CME Employment: Graduate Assistantship
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As a department in the Division of Educational and Student Services, the Center for Multicultural Education provides programs and activities of a culturally diverse nature to the campus and wider communities in order to promote cultural awareness and cross-cultural understanding—particularly as they relate to African Americans, Hispanic Americans or Latinos, Asian Americans, Alaskan Natives, and Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans or American Indians.
Rationale for Assistantship
A primary task of the CME is to develop programs and activities that highlight cultural diversity with the aim of increasing intercultural awareness, understanding, and appreciation. In anticipation of moving into new facilities during the latter part of the Fall 2003 semester, there are many opportunities to clarify the widening mission and role of the CME through dynamic public relations and educational events. The Director for Multicultural Education and the clerical and student staff of the CME look forward to hiring a person who is capable of taking initiative in planning, developing, implementing and coordinating programs and activities.
Initiates, plans, develops, implements, and coordinates programs, activities, and services of the Center for Multicultural Education under the direction of and in consultation with the Director for Multicultural Education; works closely with the clerical and other student staff of the CME in the creation of publicity for its programs and activities; reserves the CME for different campus and community organizations and responds to inquiries related to racial and ethnic group relations through CME resources or referrals; generally supervises CME student staff with regards to programming; works with student workers and students generally to survey the types of programs and activities they wish to have on campus; and assists the Director and clerical staff in the presentation of CME programming to University divisions and departments, student organizations, and community agencies.
Characteristic Duties & Responsibilities
- Plans and coordinates programs and activities that highlight cultural diversity in accordance with the mission and vision of the CME and the strategic plan of the University.
- Helps to identify sources of funding for programs and activities; reviews budget priorities with the Director and secretary; prepares budgets for programming and authorizes expenditures upon final approval of the Director; works with support staff (full-time) and helps to supervise student workers and volunteers of the CME, particularly those involved in its day-to-day operations.
- With the help of clerical staff, arranges schedules for workshops, training sessions, conferences, seminars, etc., to be conducted by either the Director or other facilitators authorized by the Director; identifies alternatives for the location of CME programs and activities.
- Contributes to, sets up, and disseminates communication media that inform the University and wider communities of the programs and activities of the CME; in consultation with the Director, keeps abreast of state-of-the-art communications and computer technologies in order continually to improve the efficacy of the publicity of CME events; responds to questions posed to the CME regarding its programs and activities via telephone, email, website, and other technologies.
- Assists in the location of informational resources on culture, cross-cultural understanding, and multicultural education; recommends the procurement of such materials and establishes and/or maintains a procedure for the use of said resources by the campus and general public.
- Works with and relates to the student population, with special emphasis on racial and ethnic minority organizations, to ensure the CME is responding to their needs and concerns.
- Acts as an official representative of the CME in the absence of the Director or full-time staff.
Bachelor degree and pursuit of master/doctoral degree required; experience designing cultural programming and working with a diverse student population preferred; knowledge of current issues of multiculturalism, diversity, and race and ethnic group relations necessary; some supervisory skills and experience strongly recommended and preferred.
The Center for Multicultural Education is a state-of-the-art facility with an environment conducive to fostering intercultural communication. It is an educational space where programs and activities promote healthy and inclusive community. The CME seeks to satisfy cultural curiosity and remove cultural ignorance and incompetence as well as to pursue justice and fairness for all people. In addition, academic and co-curricular events are a staple feature of the Center.