Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Justice Graduate Assistant, Southern Oregon University (Ashland)

The Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Justice Graduate Assistant (EDIJ-GA) is a graduate assistant position within the Environmental Education Graduate Program at Southern Oregon University (SOU). This graduate student position is tasked with the administrative oversight of EDIJ and will be responsible for the coordination of projects directly related to the department’s EDIJ strategic directions centered on:
1. Ensuring the infrastructure to continuously and sustainably grow and improve in its capacity to offer safe, inclusive, diverse and successful learning experiences.
Increasing access to and engagement with our Environmental Education program, “Fall in the Field” (FITF), by historically underserved K-12 communities within Southern Oregon.
2. Increasing access to and representation within our graduate program for prospective graduate students of historically underrepresented communities within the field of Environmental Education.
3. Developing culturally responsive pedagogy and curriculum (how and what we teach) to enhance the success of its environmental education graduate students and FITF participants.
4. Reporting to the Environmental Education Graduate Program Coordinators and working closely with other graduate assistants, this position is empowered to facilitate the program’s graduate student-educators in the development of a K-12 Environmental Education program committed to fostering access, equity, inclusion and diversity in thought and practice.

Examples of tasks and potential projects by the EDIJ-GA may include:
• Support other graduate students as they apply an EDIJ lens to their respective work.
• Coordinate workshops in culturally responsive programming for graduate students.
• Support a Fall in the Field planning process rooted in EDIJ.
• Develop free family programs designed with the intent to build more trusting relationships with families of Fall in the Field.
• Build and maintain community relationships, such as with the Shasta Takelma Learning Garden.
• Update all EDIJ documents, such as the EDIJ Strategic Plan and EDIJ Program Handbook.
• Support equitable recruitment of prospective graduate students, such as through outreach, marketing, and graduate assistant interviews.

Job Category: Graduate Assistantship

Graduate Assistant Position Timeline: 16 hours/week over 3 academic terms: Fall-Spring, Annually (September 2023-June 2024) with possibility for extension (please inquire about extension if desired).

Graduate Program Timeline: July 2023-December 2024

Compensation: ~$936 monthly stipend + 80% tuition remission on all course credits for SOU MSEE program during terms employed (employed 3+ out of 6 total MSEE terms)*
*The GA must maintain 9 credit hours per term of employment.

Last Date to Apply: January 15 (priority), May 31 (rolling). Decisions made on a rolling basis.

Required Qualifications for the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Justice Graduate Assistant:
• Acceptance to and enrollment in the SOU MSEE Program.
• Expressed passion for equity, diversity, inclusion, justice and accessibility work.
• Ability to work creatively and independently, as well as collaborate and build relationships.

Preferred Qualifications for the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Justice Graduate Assistant:
• Experience living or working within communities that experience systemic barriers to access and representation within Environmental Education, STEM, and the outdoor recreation sector in general.

Don’t meet every requirement? Research shows that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. The SOU MSEE program is committed to our role in addressing barriers to engagement in EE as we work collectively toward a future of environmental wellbeing for all. If you are excited about this role, we encourage you to apply. You may be just the right candidate.

Learn more:
Full position description: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KaBU-prYNHNNjJLLsFlOtEMnTXRLyXQP/view?usp=sharing
To apply: https://sou.edu/academics/environmental-education/environmental-education-ms/

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