Social Justice Advocates

Social Justice Advocates Recruitment Information

The Social Justice Advocates (SJA) Position is one that is grounded in the multicultural competency framework and allows student staff to gain the awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary to work effectively with students and residents across cultures and identities. The position calls for an understanding of social identity groups, experiences, histories, and practices as it relates to every day life and life at the University of Arizona.

The position also aims to increase understanding of one’s own self through critical reflection of power and privilege, identity and intersectionality, systems of socialization, cultural competency and allyship as they pertain to the acknowledgement, understanding and acceptance of differences. Finally, this position intends to increase a student staff member’s ability to openly lead conversations, discuss differences and confront diversely insensitive behavior. 


 

Job Abstract

Social Justice Advocates (SJA) will be responsible for instituting monthly programmatic efforts within the residence halls that focus specifically on social justice issues – including the mosaic of diversity, multiculturalism and inclusivity. They will also create bulletin boards in the halls and maintain their upkeep as necessary. SJA’s will hold Social Justice (SJ) Modules once a month for the RAs that will take place during RA staff meetings and host dialogues twice a semester within the community to maintain an understanding of the residents’ comfortability while in the halls. SJAs will meet with the Assistant Director of Social Justice Education each month for module training and preparation. SJAs will also arrive to campus in August for SJA training before the Fall term begins. The Social Justice Advocate position is an at-will position, and thus, all applicants must reapply annually.

 

Job Expectations

Social Justice Advocates will:

  • Create an environment that enables Residence Life student leaders to dialogue around topics related to diversity, multiculturalism and social justice;

  • Increase awareness and knowledge of diverse identities and how they influence interactions;

  • Promote inclusive communities through positive interactions and increase resources available for staff on topics relating to diversity, multiculturalism and social justice;

  • Honor and complete all other duties as assigned;

  • Be punctual in all position-related functions and tasks;

  • Report any bias incidents or claims to appropriate Residence Life staff.

 
Job Responsibilities

Social Justice Advocates will:

  • Plan and execute one active and one passive social justice program per month within the halls;

  • Work an average of 15 hours per week

  • Plan and host residence hall ‘Real Talks’ twice a semester;

  • Lead Social Justice Act to React (A2R) modules for Resident Assistants (RAs) at one staff meeting per month or as assigned;

  • Partner with Advocates Coming Together at least once a semester to do programming;

  • Report directly to the Assistant Director of Social Justice Education and as necessary, the Graduate Assistant for Social Justice Education;

  • Create and maintain SJA Bulletin boards in the halls;

  • Attend monthly meetings with the Assistant Director of Social Justice Education and/or Graduate Assistant for Social Justice Education.

Position Requirements
  • Must have a moderate knowledge and understanding of social justice issues;

  • Must be enrolled at the time of the application process (Spring) and enrolled for the following Fall semester;

  • Must be enrolled in at least 6 units at the University of Arizona for Spring and Fall semesters;

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5;

  • Must be available for training on Wednesday, Aug 16th.

Compensation

Along with being recognized as a top percentile student leader on campus, the Social Justice Advocate position will serve as a paid position through the department of Housing & Residential Life where Advocates would receive an hourly rate of $10.00.

Application Information

Please apply through Wildcat JobLink (search #797824). You will be asked to submit a resume and writing sample (2-3 paragraphs) addressing the following topic: "How has Social Justice issues impacted your life?"