Greetings

Thank you for your interest in Student Employment with the Department of Multicultural Life (DML). We offer students the opportunity to apply for several positions through a centralized process. You will be able to rank and apply for all the positions that interest you. The Department of Multicultural Life, through the Lealtad-Suzuki Center, the Cultural House, the Emerging Scholars Program, and other initiatives, believes that campus diversity can lead to intentional educational opportunities both in and out of the classroom. Macalester strives to encourage and maintain an optimal learning environment that honors multiple perspectives and works toward equity and social justice, and the DML provides leadership to the campus community to help address these efforts.

Our Mission

The mission of the DML is to provide transformative leadership in creating a Macalester community that is equitable, inclusive, and socially just for everyone.

The goals of the DML are:

  • To foster and promote a welcoming and pluralistic environment that is inclusive of the entire college community,
  • To Identify, assess, and promote social justice for the campus community,
  • To  integrate and affirm the peoples, discourses, thoughts, and experiences of marginalized people into the fabric of the  Macalester community,
  • To create partnerships with academic and administrative departments to infuse anti-oppression education throughout all aspects of campus life.

Areas of Student Employment

Student employees are integral to the work of the DML in actualizing our mission and goals. The DML has 6 areas of student employment:

  1. LSC Program Assistant

  2. C-House Program Assistant

  3. GSRC Program Assistant

  4. DML Student Success Program Assistant

  5. DML Marketing and Social Media Assistant

  6. Scholar Mentors in the Emerging Scholars Program

The DML requires every student staff member to engage fully in department-wide initiatives. For more information about the work and programs of the DML, please review our website at www.macalester.edu/multiculturallife.

In addition, there are 10 student spaces available to live in the Cultural House. There is a place in the application for you to mark your level of interest in living in the Cultural House. All students selected to work in the DML will be expected to move-in and be present at our mandatory training on, Sunday, August 26, 2018, no later than 3:00pm. C-House Program Assistant along with DML Marketing and Social Media Assistants will be required to move-in Thursday, August 23, 2018 for more targeted training.

Apply to work in the DML

Please read carefully all of the instructions that follow before applying to the chosen positions on the links provided for each status and position below, and be sure to complete the JobX application as well as the online DML application. Please note that the JobX (Macalester’s Student Employment Website) applications will only be available later in the semester. A notification from our office will be sent to applicants when the date is set. However, the DML online application is due within the selected timeline below.

Please ensure you apply for a minimum of two positions. These options provide the DML with flexibility to more equally distribute staff based on skills and interest in positions.

Questions?

651-696-6243
benwahoud@macalester.edu

Selection Timeline & Important Dates to Remember

  • Monday, January 15, 2018 | DML online applications available online
  • Thursday, February 1, 2018 | Applications for returning DML student staff due, with individual interviews beginning the week of February 5
  • Thursday, February 15, 2018 | Applications for new student applicants for all DML Student Staff positions due, with individual interviews beginning Thursday, February 22, 2018
  • Thursday, February 15, 2018 | Applications for new & returner student volunteer due, with individual interviews beginning Thursday, February 22, 2018
  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 4:30-6:00 pm | Group interview process for all applicants, Kagin 1st floor
  • Monday, March 5, 2018 | Position offers will begin with responses due Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by the end of the day
  • Tuesday March 27, 2018, 4:30–6:00 pm | Spring Orientation for selected student staff
  • Thursday, August 23, 2018 | DML Marketing and Social Media Assistants, C-House Program Assistant will be expected to be on campus
  • Sunday, August 26, 2018: DML Student Staff Training begins

Eligibility & Expectations

In order to be an effective addition to the Department of Multicultural Life, student applicants should meet the following eligibility requirements and expectations:

Eligibility

  • Be in good academic standing with the college.

  • Be actively involved in the Macalester community.

  • Have experience and/or interest in multicultural education and social justice work.

  • Not be committed to being an RA, or an ISP Mentor.

All of the positions within the Department of Multicultural Life offer excellent opportunities to develop skills in leadership, facilitation, program planning, event coordination, and time management.

Expectations

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively with a staff team

  • Demonstrate leadership and initiative

  • Willingness to learn and accept new challenges

  • Demonstrate project management skills

  • Responsible, dependable and self-motivated

  • Maintain ongoing communication with supervisors through regular contact (i.e. email, phone, in person)

  • Act as an ambassador for the Department of Multicultural Life both on and off campus

  • Be a good steward of the Cultural House.

DML Available Positions for 2018-19

 1. LSC Program Assistants | 8–10 hours/week

Students in this position will assist in the development of programs and workshops to increase the multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skills of Macalester students and to create an inclusive campus community. Students in this position will also provide outreach and collaboration with other departments, residence life staff, and student organizations.

Qualifications for LSC Program Assistants

  • Knowledge of the mission and programs of the DML (LSC, C-House and the GSRC)

  • Experience with facilitation, program planning, and event coordination

  • Knowledge of Macalester College policies, resources, and services

  • Experience with receptionist duties (i.e., answering calls, filing, scheduling appointments, etc.)

  • Experience working on or leading a collaborative team

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software

Job Responsibilities for LSC Program Assistants

  • Create and facilitate programming (i.e. SPEAK!, Trenzas, C-House Block Party, C-House Poetry Slam, (An)Other Story Circle, Soup & Substance, and C-House Arts Open House).

  • Promote student awareness and participation in DML programs and services.

  • Staff DML office hours and perform front desk functions (schedule appointments and administrative duties).

  • Update and maintain departmental resources.

  • Work in collaboration with DML Marketing and Social Media Assistants, C-House, GSRC, and Student Success Program Assistants, ESP Scholar Mentors, Cultural Organizations, and community groups to provide students opportunities to engage in dialogue and conversation across cultural differences

  • Participate in Department of Multicultural Life events .

  • Other duties as assigned.

2. C-House Program Assistant | 8–10 hours/week

The C-House Program Assistant, in conjunction with the Assistant Director,  is responsible for the implementation of C-House signature events (C-House Block Party, Poetry Slam, Arts Open House and In the Kitchen With). This position is also responsible, in conjunction with the RA, for the management of C-House as a private space for residents and as a Macalester community space for centering the voices/experiences of indigenous students and students of color.

Qualifications for C-House Program Assistant

  • Strong facilitation, time management, and communication skills.

  • Knowledge of the mission and programs of the DML (LSC, C-House and the GSRC).

  • Knowledge of Macalester College policies, resources, and services.

  • Program management and event planning.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software including Publisher.

Job Responsibilities for C-House Program Assistant

  • Provide leadership in the program planning of C-House Signature Events.

  • Report  directly  to  the  Assistant  Director  of  the LSC.

  • Update and maintain departmental resources.

  • Participate in and be present at DML events and at the LSC.

  • Work in collaboration with DML Marketing and Social Media Assistants, LSC, GSRC, and Student Success Program Assistants, ESP Scholar Mentors, Cultural Organizations, and community groups to provide students opportunities to engage in dialogue and conversation across cultural differences.

  • Participate in Department of Multicultural Life events.

  • Other duties as assigned.

3. Gender & Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC) Program Assistant | 8–10 hours/week

The GSRC Program Assistant is responsible for the development, planning and implementation of GSRC programming in collaboration with DML program assistants, and the LGBTQIA Services Graduate Assistant. In addition, the GSRC Program Assistant is responsible for the marketing and social media of GSRC events. The GSRC Program Assistant reports to the Assistant Director of the Lealtad-Suzuki Center.

Qualifications for Gender & Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC) Program Assistant

  • Strong facilitation, time management, and communication skills.

  • Knowledge of the mission and programs of the DML (LSC, C-House and the GSRC).

  • Knowledge about and comfort with LGBTQIA communities.

  • Program management and event planning.

  • Ability to work collaborative team.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software including Publisher.

Job Responsibilities for Gender & Sexuality Resource Center Program (GSRC) Assistant

  • Managing the GSRC space; maintaining cleanliness, and considering ways to make space feel more engaging.  

  • Create and facilitate programming around LGBTQIA identities.

  • Attend and participate in weekly LSC Student Employee meetings.

  • Collaborate with LSC Program Assistants, Graduate Assistant, and other campus entities on GSRC programming.

  • Provide leadership in the marketing and program planning of the various GSRC programs and events

  • Update and maintain departmental resources.

  • Promote student awareness and participation in DML programs and services

  • Participate in and be present at DML events.

  • Work in collaboration with DML Program Assistants,Marketing and Social Media Assistants, ESP Scholar Mentors, Cultural Organizations, and community groups to provide students opportunities to engage in dialogue and conversation across cultural differences.

  • Participate in Department of Multicultural Life events.

  • Other duties as assigned.

4. DML Student Success Program Assistant | 5-8 hours/week

The Student Success Program Assistant will collaborate with staff members in the College Access, Retention, and Success (CARS) facet of the Department of Multicultural Life. They will work with the Program Coordinator for Student Success to develop and implement programming designed to support first-generation college students, students from mixed-status families, and low-income students. The Student Success Program Assistant will also be responsible for the marketing and social media strategies used to promote CARS events.

Qualifications for DML Student Success Program Assistant

  • Excellent program management and event planning skills.

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to deconstruct and summarize jargon and newspeak-heavy news sources using accessible language.

  • Desire to increase college access for students from historically underrepresented backgrounds

  • Advanced understanding of the higher education experience of the following communities: first-generation college students, low-income students, and students from mixed-status families

  • Ability to work collaboratively within the DML and across departmental lines.

  • Knowledge of the mission and programs of the DML.

Job Responsibilities for DML Student Success Program Assistant

  • Develop and design bi-weekly immigrant rights-themed newsletter, to be distributed electronically to mixed-status students.

  • Assist with creating and organizing immigrant rights-themed campus events.

  • Assist with creating and organizing first-generation college student events .

  • Collaborate with Marketing & Social Media Assistants to develop PR strategy for first-generation  gatherings.

  • Work in collaboration with DML Program Assistants, Marketing and Social Media Assistants, ESP Scholar Mentors, and other departments on campus for programming.

  • Attend and participate in weekly LSC Student Employee meetings.

  • Participate in and attend DML events.

  • Assist with special projects as needed.

  • Others duties as assigned.

5. DML Marketing and Social Media Assistant | 8–10 hours/week

The DML Marketing and Social Media Assistants play a central role in the marketing of the department.  They are responsible for creating and disseminating marketing materials for all of the department's events and regular publications.

Qualifications for DML Marketing and Social Media Assistant

  • Knowledge of, or willingness to learn publication software (e.g.  Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe In-Design, Adobe Acrobat).

  • Experience with creating and disseminating advertisements on the Macalester campus.

  • Knowledge of Macalester College policies, resources, and services.

  • Able to participate and be present at DML events.

  • Ability/Interest in creatively taking people's ideas and goals and represent them in legible and attractive publications.

Job Responsibilities for DML Marketing and Social Media Assistant

  • Create marketing materials (events calendar, social media, flyers, table tents, banners, daily piper, emails to collaborators and interest groups).

  • Work collaboratively with the LSC, C-House, GSRC, and Student Success Program Assistants to ensure that DML programs are properly represented and advertised on campus.

  • Hold office hours in the Lealtad-Suzuki Center during the day.

  • Participate in DML programs and events.

  • Meet weekly with the DML Student staff and with your supervisor.

  • Serve as an ambassador for the Department of Multicultural Life both on and off campus.

  • Other duties as assigned.

6. Emerging Scholars Program Scholar Mentor | 5–8 hours/week

As a part of the Emerging Scholars Program (ESP), Scholar Mentors assist historically underrepresented first-year students with the transition to college life at Macalester. Special emphasis is placed on academic enhancement, community and identity development, and preparation for future internship and scholarship opportunities.  

Our  primary  goal  is  to  facilitate  and  encourage  collegiality  among  first-year scholars, which is achieved through individual and small group interactions, reflection circles, group meetings, and monthly colloquiums. ESP mentors collaborate with other student services and academic departments to ensure these objectives are met.

Qualifications for Emerging Scholars Program Scholar Mentor

  • Maintain minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

  • Understanding of effective learning strategies.

  • Strong interpersonal skills.

  • Creativity in assessing and meeting the academic and life needs of ESP mentees

  • Cultural sensitivity.

  • Knowledge of the MAX Center and other campus resources.

Job Responsibilities for Emerging Scholars Program Scholar Mentor

  • Attend all reflection circles, group meetings, and monthly colloquiums.

  • Engage in weekly contact with assigned mentees.

  • Work closely with assigned staff mentor to enhance mentoring skills.

  • Develop activities that assist mentees with the transition to college.

  • Work in collaboration with the DML Program Assistants, DML Marketing and Social Media Assistants, Cultural Organizations, and community groups to provide students opportunities to engage in dialogue and conversation across cultural differences.