The Graduate Assistant for Diversity and Equity Initiatives serves as an advisor in support of the Office of Student Life and its sponsored multicultural student organizations.
This position will assist in the advocacy, accountability, and success of the Asian American Student Association (AASA), Black Student Association (BSA), Latinx Student Union (LSU), Spectrum, and general Student Life programs and services.
This position reports to an Assistant Director of Student Life and may be a one-year or two-year role. Annually, there will be one to two positions available for incoming graduate students.
- Co-advise assigned organizations and their executive boards (two of four: AASA, BSA, LSU, and Spectrum).
- Ensure assigned multicultural student organizations adhere to University policies.
- Attend weekly executive board and general body meetings.
- Conduct routine, productive one-on-one meetings with executive board officers.
- Advocate for student leaders and the missions of the multicultural student organizations.
- Assist in the planning and implementation of various programs and events.
- Support and challenge student ideas, their effectives, scope, and impact.
- Provide mentorship and assistance in an effort to retain our students and their engagement.
- Develop opportunities for students to aid in their growth, including retreats and workshops.
- Attend and oversee delegations at student leadership conferences and retreats.
- Advise student organization communication, including social media platforms.
- Oversee paperwork, rosters, and planning and event calendars.
- Assist with Student Life responsibilities as determined by annual goals. May include advising SGA, working with Summer Bridge Programs, supervising the Digital Communications Intern, or developing evaluation plans.
- Other duties as assigned.
- experience and interest in student advocacy and supporting marginalized affinity groups
- an inherent interest in mentoring, developing, and supervising students
- strong ability to work as part of a team and autonomously
- ·outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships
- willingness to work evening and weekend hours
- excellent task, priority, and time management skills
- demonstrated experience within a student organization and event planning
- strong problem-solving and conflict management skills
- demonstrated knowledge of leadership develop theories
- experience coordinating and facilitating leadership activities, retreats, and programs
Graduate Assistants in the Office of Student Life will work approximately 20 hours per week. They are expected to fulfill all responsibilities on a weekly basis, so some weeks may require more hours to fulfill duties.
In exchange, they will receive the following compensation and benefits package:
- graduate tuition waiver (in or out-of-state tuition)
- graduate stipend (paid out bi-weekly during the academic year)
- 50% discount on a two-bedroom apartment rent in University Apartments; rent is inclusive of all utilities, cable, and internet (a value of $3,550)
- Ball State Bookstore discounts for books (10%) and other merchandise (20%)
- eligibility for professional development funds from Teacher’s College and the Graduate School
Skills, Knowledge, and Competencies Developed Through Assistantship
The graduate staff member will develop the following skills, knowledge, and competencies as a result of serving as the Graduate Assistant for Leadership Programs:
- conflict mediation – promoting reconciliation, settlement, or compromise between parties who are experiencing incompatible or opposing needs or wishes
- group dynamics– interacting effectively within small groups of people who have unifying relationships to each other
- instruction/programming – effectively imparting knowledge or information in educational contexts
- advising – giving recommendations to others to help them make a decision or plan a course of conduct.
- working effectively with diverse and/or underrepresented populations – working effectively with diverse subgroups of students, faculty and staff
- management – skillfully directing or implementing organizational tasks and responsibilities
- problem solving – analyzing problems from several perspectives, identifying and evaluating alternative solutions, and implementing selected solution(s)
- self-knowledge – understanding your own capabilities, character, feelings, or motivation, and how these affect your professional effectiveness
- supervision – critically watching, overseeing, or directing activities or a course of action in an organizational context
- utilizing resources – creatively employing or applying appropriate resources (physical, personal, educational, etc.)
- ·verbal communication – verbally communicating information, ideas, and contrasting points of view in an effective and professional manner (including nonverbal forms of expression)
- written communication – effectively communicating information, ideas, and contrasting points of view in written form