Department: Office of Multicultural Student Success (OMSS)
The Office of Multicultural Student Success seeks to cultivate retention and persistence to graduation for students of color, students who demonstrate financial need, first-generation college students, undocumented immigrant students, and students with marginalized genders and sexualities.
Through the area of College Transition in the Office of Multicultural Student Success, the Graduate Assistant will work directly in support of the STARS program, a peer to peer mentorship program for first year and new transfer students that positively impacts the retention and graduation of first-generation, low-income and students of color at DePaul University. This graduate assistantship provides mentorship, advising, and leadership development for STARS Peer Mentors and works to directly engage participants in the STARS program and other OMSS initiatives.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
- Understand the mission of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and serve as a role model for the mission in your work as the Graduate Assistant to the STARS program
- Conduct bi-quarterly 1:1 meetings with STARS peer mentors to assist with their leadership and professional development including referrals to additional resources as needed
- Attend weekly 1:1 meetings with the STARS supervisor and weekly peer mentor meetings, participate in check-ins, and lead selected experiences during the Peer Mentor meetings
- Check BlueStar notes daily; escalate critical issues to the STARS supervisor immediately
- Develop authentic, engaged relationships with the mentors so that the GA can serve as a resource in times of crisis for the mentors. Develop broad relationships with the mentee community so as to foster greater mentee participation in STARS social programming and academic progress interventions
- Contact and book outside presenters to conduct professional development workshops for the Peer Mentors throughout the academic year
- Determine what professional development the mentors need after Spring training and work with the STARS supervisor to design those workshops for the Fall quarter or contact outside facilitators to address those needs. Create “resource handouts” to improve mentor effectiveness with mentees
- Build and maintain mentor database with the mentor’s demographic information and tutoring subject areas; as needed, populate the mentee database with mentee demographic information and regularly update this database as the mentee population changes
- In the fall quarter, conduct assessment project for mentors and mentees to determine the gender, race, commuter-status, etc of our mentor and mentee populations
- In the winter quarter, play a key role in the selection and hiring process for each year’s Peer Mentor class including, but not limited to, assisting with interviewing candidates, handling paperwork and files associate with hiring, and participating in decision making for final hires and alternates selection
- Process quarterly survey data collected from the STARS program in order to inform the quarterly planning process
- Design end of contract appreciation experience for the Peer Mentors
- Other duties as assigned
- The student will have an opportunity to put theory to practice in a student affairs office setting, specifically with the STARS Program.
- The student will have an opportunity to engage in one on one leadership and professional development with student employees.
- The student will develop practical programming skills.
- The student will develop strong large group, small group, and 1:1 facilitation skills
- The student will connect how effective mentorship and engagement in the first year leads to higher rates of retention and success for our target population
Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point.
- Excellent skills in collaboration and communication.
- Ability to adhere to a clearly defined work calendar and to manage multiple deadlines.
- Facilitation experience with large and small groups and 1:1 advising
- Providing identity-conscious services and programs to STARS participants
- Previous experience working with students of color, first-generation and or low-income college students is highly recommended
- Proven commitment to diversity, cultural competence, and social justice minded pedagogy
- Must be currently pursuing a Master’s degree in the College of Education at DePaul University
- Must be enrolled in 8 credits per quarter during the duration of the appointment
Work hours are 20 hours per week (800 hours total - , served primarily Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00am – 5:00pm). Some evening and weekend hours are required. Renewal of the position may be possible if The Office of Multicultural Student Success staff feels that the student is satisfactorily progressing in their academic program, and are satisfied with the quality of work being provided. The position is based on the DePaul University academic calendar.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this work. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. DePaul management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs.