DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION (DEI) FELLOW

POSITION DESCRIPTION

2020-2021

Introduction and Overview of Position

The University of the Arts is home to students from many backgrounds, including a diversity of race, ethnicity, ability, socioeconomic status, age, religion, sexual orientation, values, and perspectives. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Fellow role was developed to empower students to play a meaningful and active role in University-wide diversity initiatives. DEI Fellows advocate for their student peers, participate in the development of diversity-related education, programming, and strategic planning, and provide a direct means of communication between University leadership and the student body. The DEI Fellow program comprises one undergraduate student from each school at the University, as well as one graduate student from any program.

Roles and Responsibilities

Community Building

  • Successfully complete Social Justice Leadership program facilitated by the Diversity and Inclusion Programming Coordinator.

  • Assist the Diversity and Inclusion Programming Coordinator in the planning and implementation of social justice facilitations.

  • Devise and facilitate a minimum of one (1) campus-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion program/workshop in collaboration with the Diversity and Inclusion Programming Coordinator and DEI Task Force.

  • Provide guidance and feedback on current Campus Life Diversity Programs and Events.

 

DEI Task Force

  • Serve as a member of the President’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force.

  • Attend two (2) DEI Task Force meetings per semester.

Communication

  • Serve as a liaison between the DEI Task Force, the President’s Office, and student body on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • Provide information and transparency to students on University diversity initiatives.

  • Facilitate discussions with peers to understand and explore issues of inclusion and concern.

  • Support peers and the campus community in developing an understanding of community norms that embrace diversity and social justice.

  • Serve as a resource that helps to facilitate an environment free of hate and intolerance and that is conducive to student growth and success.

  • Promote a community where diversity is valued through mutual respect, communication, and shared empathy.
     

Role Model

  • Model positive behavior that aligns with University values and serve as a role model in the exploration of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Be knowledgeable about the Student Code of Conduct and campus and community resources.

  • Work collaboratively with other DEI Fellows.

 

Terms of Employment

  • DEI Fellows are expected to uphold University policies and the Student Code of Conduct.

  • DEI Fellows must follow the guidelines and policies enumerated in the University Work Study Program Student Employment Handbook.  

  • DEI Fellows will attend the Social Justice Leadership program once weekly, led by the Diversity and Inclusion Programming Coordinator.

  • DEI Fellows will meet together with the Chairs of the DEI Task Force and the Diversity and Inclusion Programming Coordinator twice per month.

  • DEI Fellows may be asked to be available for DEI programming and events throughout the year.

  • DEI Fellows will present to the DEI Task Force on one topic relevant to the student body per academic year.

  • The DEI Fellow position is considered an appointment for a maximum of two complete academic years, subject to review and evaluation, and the student maintaining full-time enrollment and satisfactory academic progress. Please note, a DEI Fellowship cannot be held by students who are no longer enrolled full-time including those who take a leave of absence or withdraw from the University.

  • The DEI Fellow position is compensated at a rate of $15/hour and Fellows are expected to work for roughly 33 hours per semester.

 

Qualifications

  • Must be a positive role model and have experience or character to enable success in developing relationships with one’s peers and supporting a positive community experience.

  • Must be committed to learning and personal development on the job.

  • Must be full-time students having completed at least two full semesters prior to beginning the position (rising sophomores, juniors and seniors only).

  • Must be in good academic standing with the University.

Termination
Termination, by mutual agreement, may be affected at any time.  This appointment is also subject to termination prior to its normal expiration if the enrollment of the student employee at the University of the Arts ceases. The appointment may also be terminated for serious failure to satisfactorily meet position responsibilities and/or commitments, failure to meet academic or employment standards, or conduct that violates University policies or that does not meet the standards of behavior set by the University.  Upon termination of employment by the student employee, the University, or mutual agreement, remuneration will be pro-rated to cover only that period for which the individual was employed.

Application Procedures
Students who are interested in the position may submit a letter of interest using the following application form, complete with two faculty recommendations, by September 18 (deadline extended!) for priority consideration. Recommendations may be uploaded and submitted by the student using the link above, or directly by the faculty members using the following faculty recommendation form.

Please note: an application is not complete until both references have been received. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure references are submitted on time for consideration. 

Selection Process
Applications will first be reviewed by each School Dean, who will nominate no more than 3 candidates for the DEI Fellow position. Finalists will be forwarded to the DEI selection committee, comprised of DEI Taskforce members. Candidates selected to advance may be invited to participate in personal interviews. DEI Fellows will be announced by October 2020.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Task Force diversity@uarts.edu.