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About the position

The Graduate Assistant is a vital member of the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) team who, under the supervision and direction of the Senior Director for Education, Operations, and Initiatives, is a major contributor to all events related to diversity education and student access and success. The Graduate Assistant will help with the planning and implementation and assessment of D&I access and success and diversity education initiatives. The Graduate Assistant will help in leading and mentoring D&I work-study students and the Student Committee for Access and Success (SCAS) volunteers. The Graduate Assistant will work to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within D&I and across campus, with emphasis among graduate and professional students, as well as recruit graduate and professional students from a diversity of backgrounds to volunteer with SCAS. The fall semester will be remote.

The appointment will be for one academic year, from August 2020 to April 2021, and includes a stipend of $9,500. Applicants must be full-time graduate students in good disciplinary standing with the University. The Graduate Assistant will be directly supervised by the D&I Office Manager and Assistant to the Senior Director. During the academic year, the Graduate Assistant will work 20 office hours per week and work all assigned programs and events. Applicants must understand that this position carries an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to their position as representative of the University and to live and work in accordance with, uphold, and abide by all University policies and regulations. Any violation of these policies will be reviewed and addressed on a case-by-case basis and may result in immediate termination.



The following is a summary of expected duties. The list is not comprehensive and additional duties may be assigned at any time during appointment.

  • Assist in the planning, implementation, and assessment of assigned programs and initiatives
  • Planning, implementation, and assessment assistance will include, but not be limited to: recruiting, selecting and organizing volunteers or counselors, collaborating with student organizations or faculty, participating in program debrief reports, and assisting with developing creative solutions to improvement needs
  • Assist with the supervision and professional development of office/program assistants
  • Assist with administrative tasks as delegated by D&I staff; these tasks will include, but not be limited to: assisting with registration, parking and check-in, distributing materials, distributing and collecting evaluations, assisting with program presentations, attending various program sessions, making signs, collating materials and assembling nametags, running errands, assisting with cleaning event spaces after sessions, assisting with all check-out duties, answering phones, printing, entering data, and greeting visitors
  • The Graduate Assistant will be assigned the following programs and initiatives to assist with: THINKposium, MLK Banquet, R3, MLK Lecture, Diversity Awards and large scale access and success programs (ACE, Tar Heel Talks, Experience Carolina, Beyond Carolina, Behind the Scenes, Tar Heel Preview Day, and Summer Institute planning)


Learning outcomes

As a result of employment in this position, students will:

  • Understand the basic pedagogy of establishing and creating a safe, supporting, and academically curious living and learning community
  • Learn proper group facilitation techniques through experiential learning opportunities
  • Develop a deeper awareness of implicit bias and an increased comfort level in addressing concepts and language regarding diverse communities
  • Exemplify creative problem solving skills through day-to-day troubleshooting
  • Connect transferable skills gained through this role to professional career goals
  • Be able to effectively mitigate risk and respond appropriately in emergency and/or crisis situations



  • Possess a positive attitude, high energy level, and knowledge of and enthusiasm for Carolina
  • Ability to work with students representing a wide variety of backgrounds and interests
  • Demonstrate an interest in providing educational access to rising high school seniors and exposing them to activities unique to college life
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office with heavy emphasis in Word and Excel
  • Experience with WordPress and website management
  • Candidates should be well skilled in the following areas:
    • Critical thinking and creating problem-solving
    • Detail-oriented and time management skills
    • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills
    • Public speaking skills
    • Strong decision-making skills and the ability to prioritize plan, manage, and coordinate activities and major functions
    • Experience with data collection and analysis
    • Ability to work with sensitive information
    • Ability to work independently and with a group
  • Have a working knowledge of University resources
  • Agree to abide by all University policies and civic laws


To apply

Submit a letter of interest and resume/CV to for immediate consideration. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until it can be filled.

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