University of Central Oklahoma

  • Graduate Assistant - Diversity & Inclusion

    Posted Date 3 months ago(4/2/2018 4:19 PM)
    Job ID
    Org Number
    Office of Diversity and Inclusion
    Vice President for Student Services
    Job Type
    $14.65 per hour
    Hours Per Week
    Weeks Per Year
    Weeks Per Year
    8-5 M-F
  • College/Department Overview

    The Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) fosters an inclusive university community by providing services, programs, and support to engage, empower, and educate the highly diverse student population and campus partners at the University of Central Oklahoma. The ODI does so by advancing cultural competency while implementing opportunities for our diverse populations to learn, thrive, and succeed. The ODI provides intercultural dialogues, signature programs, lecture series opportunities, university programming partnerships, and diversity workshops that advance diversity education and cultural competence.

    Position Overview

    The Graduate Assistant (GA) is a 20 hour per week graduate assistantship. The primary responsibilities of the Graduate Assistant are largely based on the specific duties from a college or division. The position will apply theory to practice for the specific office or area in which the position is housed. The Assistantship shall be for the academic year (10 month position), with the opportunity to continue for the following academic year if agreeable to the supervisor and the Graduate Assistant. GA positions are academic and should include significant mentoring and professional development. Graduate assistant should be considered part-time professionals in the field and given projects reflective of that role. Individual may not hold other employment on campus without prior permission from college or division and HR.

    Department Specific Essential Job Functions

    The ODI Graduate Assistant position will include four specific jobs duties that function within two main roles: Advising and Program Implementation. The Graduation Assistant expectations are as follow:


    Advising (50%) - The Graduate Assistant has the opportunity to empower, collaborate, advocate for, and support students to help them learn, thrive, and succeed. The Graduate Assistant builds relations (both interpersonal and intrapersonal), pushes students to see their personal goals as well as goals for programming within student organizations, and enhances their abilities to empathize and collaborate. This position will primarily advise the Black Student Association (BSA) and the Native American Student Association (NASA).


    Programming (40%) - The Graduate Assistant will aid BSA and NASA organize, create, and implement programming, to promote cultural inclusion and sensitivity, social justice awareness, and critical self-reflection. This programming is done on a small-scale level (cultural education - i.e. ribbon shirts, shawl-making, Black love matters, etc.) and on a university-wide level (Welcome Black Week, Heritage Months, Powwow, Multicultural Pageants, etc.)


    Presentations (5%) - At times, students organizations, campus offices, or classes will ask for an overview of the ODI, introductory diversity activities, and cultural awareness activities.


    Assessments (5%) - At times, the Graduate Assistant will assess the varying levels of success on all aspects of programming. These are typically assessed through surveys and critical reflection.


    Also, other duties as needed.

    Qualifications/Experience Required

    Preference will be given to students enrolled through the University of Central Oklahoma's Graduate College in pursuit of a Master's Degree in a related field. ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS Fall/Spring Semesters All student employees must be enrolled at least half time to be eligible to work any UCO student position. Half time enrollment for Fall/Spring is considered 5 hours for graduates and 6 hours for undergraduates. Summer Semester Undergraduate Work-Study students must be enrolled in 6 hours to work on campus and Graduate Work-Study students must be enrolled in at least 5 hours. All other students must be enrolled in at least 3 hours to work on campus. Students not enrolled in summer classes must be enrolled in Fall classes in order to work on campus, but will be required to pay FICA taxes. If the number of hours needed to graduate is less than the minimum hours required to work, the student must obtain a letter from his/her advisor stating the number of hours needed to graduate. Call Human Resources Dept. for further information.

    Qualifications/Experience Preferred

    Pervious experience working with student organizations preferred. Works well in a high pace and high traffic space. 


    Administative skills
    Basic event planning
    Communications skills
    Cultural awareness

    Physical Demands

    Repetitive movement of hands and fingers – typing and/or writing. Frequent standing, and/or sitting. Occasional walking, stooping, kneeling or crouching. Reach with hands and arms.

    Visually identify, observe and assess. Ability to communicate with supervisor/students/colleagues. Regular physical attendance required.


    The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


    Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


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