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LEAD Graduate Assistant Position Description and Application

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The LEAD Project: Building Cross Cultural Collaborations
Leading through Education, Activism and Diversity
Graduate Assistant Position Application
Application Deadline: TBA

LEAD is a two quarter (fall and winter) leadership development project/course for 24-32 lower division undergraduate students, and was created by staff in the four Ethnic Community Centers:  The Asian American Activities Center (A3C), Black Community Services Center (BCSC), El Centro Chicano y Latino, and Native American Cultural Center (NACC).  School of Education Professor Anthony Antonio serves as the Faculty Advisor.  The project is designed to provide emerging leaders with training in the Social Change Model of Leadership, which is a values-based, non-hierarchical paradigm to promote collaboration across diverse communities in order to effect social change.  Undergraduate students receive two units of academic credit each quarter on a Credit/No Credit basis. 

Position Benefits

This position allows students (preferably graduate students with certain exceptions made to some undergraduates) who are committed to diversity, educational equity, and social change the chance to work directly with undergraduates as they develop and refine their critical thinking and leadership skills through the LEAD curriculum, which was inspired by the Social Change Model for Leadership Development. Integral to the mission is the experience of collaboration across cultural and ethnic identities to identify common goals and developing a core competency in 21st-century leadership skills. In this way, the LEAD Program is designed to equip GAs with their own leadership and professional skills within a diverse working environment -- either in academia or beyond.  



Position Overview & Responsibilities

Graduate Assistants serve as advisors and facilitators for a small group (6-7) of undergraduates working to develop a final LEAD group project that seeks to effect social change. GAs are responsible for attending class sessions and will work with professional staff members from the four Ethnic Community Centers to help implement the LEAD Program and curriculum. GAs are also responsible for creating and evaluating short written assignments submitted by members of their small group. Significant student organization leadership experience and community service is particularly valued, as is familiarity with developing student-initiated projects. 

Graduate Assistants must commit to both fall and winter quarters, and can expect to work approximately 3 hours per week.

Fall Quarter:

  • Attend a training session led by Program staff (staff members from the four ethnic community centers).

  • Attend up to four evening meetings: a training meeting with Community Center Staff, and at least 2 introductory meeting with LEAD participants (dates to be confirmed);

  • Attend and participate in the two-day off-campus overnight retreat on November 4 and 5;

  • Attend one post-retreat meeting with students and staff (date to be confirmed);

  • Facilitate discussions of assigned readings and grade 2 student reflection papers;

  • Assist students with the development of small group Social Justice project outline for winter quarter.

Winter Quarter:

  • Attend all group meetings/classes (3-4), typically on Tuesday afternoons from 5-6 p.m. (possibly 7 if dinner is included);

  • Facilitate small group discussions (at least once every two weeks) and grade reflection papers;

  • Assist small groups in design and execution of final social change project; attend final presentations.

  • Assist with final grading and assessment. 

Spring Quarter:

  • Assist with assessment, evaluation, and reporting.
  • Assist with program development for following year.


Successful candidates for this position should possess the following:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, especially in discussion facilitation
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with undergraduates from diverse backgrounds
  • Significant experience as a leader or mentor to undergraduates or graduate student peers 
  • Commitment to fostering cross-cultural collaboration for social change

Application and Selection Process

Space is limited to a total of four graduate student assistants. The staffs of the community centers will select students, with consideration given to our aim of selecting a diverse, representative group of assistants. Follow-up interviews may be requested and applicants will be notified shortly after.

To Apply to the Position:

  • Please complete the online application form or complete a hard copy application form and submit to the professional staff at one of the ethnic community centers.
  • Submit a curriculum vitae that includes information about your experience with mentoring, leadership, teaching and discussion facilitation. You may submit your CV as a PDF file via the online application form or in person to a member of the professional staff at one of the ethnic community centers.

Deadline to submit all forms and supporting documents will be announced.