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How to Apply

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and must be attached as the first page of your resume. The letter should address your specific interest in and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. Please include your University affiliation and year in graduate studies.
  • Current resume
  • Contact information (email and phone) for three professional references

Course Description

Job Summary:

Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning is seeking a DEI Graduate Student Services Assistant (GSSA) to provide leadership and support in the development of the college’s DEI student engagement efforts. The GSSA will serve as a bridge between students and the Taubman College DEI team, develop programming which provides opportunities for leadership for students and instills DEI values for the professional fields from educational grounds. Furthermore, the GSSA will provide support to student organizations in developing DEI campaigns and initiatives. The GSSA will provide support for ongoing visibility and socialization campaigns as they pertain to Taubman College’s DEI Strategic Plan. The appointment provides the Graduate Employees' Organization negotiated salary and benefits. 




  • Facilitate and/or support DEI-related events
  • Developing structures for social components of Taubman College’s DEI strategic plan that foster inclusivity in the fields of urban planning and architecture
  • Development of a Taubman College Student Government
  • Development/support of student peer mentorship programming
  • Support student groups in developing DEI campaigns and initiatives and strong partnerships with industry leaders and professional associations that emphasize diversity, equity and inclusion through their work in the field
  • Assist with ongoing DEI visibility and socialization campaigns
  • Participate in and facilitate DEI development opportunities
  • Work with administrative staff on program logistics (rooms, food, materials, etc.)
  • Lead and facilitate meetings of students related to the College DEI efforts
  • Perform related office work such as data entry, data management, photocopying, and responding to email
  • Attend meetings as assigned
  • Other duties as assigned 

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed and are not an exhaustive list of all associated responsibilities. Some flexibility of scheduled work hours is required, including evenings or weekends on a prior scheduled basis.

Required Qualifications*

  • University of Michigan graduate student in good standing
  • Availability for 20 hour per week average commitment
  • Passion for and commitment to advancing diversity, equity & inclusion as part of professional interests and goals
  • Strong knowledge of issues and context of diversity, equity, & inclusion work in higher education
  • Experience working in settings that require confidentiality, discretion, and appropriate handling of sensitive information and data
  • Experience working face-to-face with college student populations in venues such as Student Life or other forms of student outreach and/or support
  • Demonstrated strong collaboration and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated strong writing skills
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, project management skills, reliability and follow through
  • Solid technical skills e.g., use of online systems and tools, spreadsheets etc.
  • Familiarity with architecture/urban planning/design fields and Taubman College DEI efforts
  • The work described above for this position must be considered academically relevant by the department or degree program in which the student is enrolled.

Desired Qualifications*

  • The ability to work, problem solve and make decisions with limited supervision
  • An understanding of the challenges faced by underrepresented populations in higher education
  • Student life/student engagement experience
  • Experience with mentorship programs and event planning


Contact Information

Questions about the position can be emailed to Joana Dos Santos 

Decision Making Process

Applications will be reviewed following the posting deadline and selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. References will be contacted for finalists. Every effort will be made to have a hiring decision by September 1, 2018.

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed following the posting deadline and selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. References will be contacted for finalists.
Every effort will be made to have a hiring decision by September 1, 2018.

GEO Contract Information

The University will not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, familial status, parental status or pregnancy status, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, height, weight, disability, citizenship status, veteran status, HIV antibody status, political belief, membership in any social or political organization, participation in a grievance or complaint whether formal or informal, or any other factor where the item in question will not interfere with job performance and where the employee is otherwise qualified.  The University of Michigan agrees to abide by the protections afforded employees with disabilities as outlined in the rules and regulations which implement Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Information for the Office of Institutional Equity may be found at and for the University Ombuds at

Unsuccessful applications will be retained for consideration in the event that there are last minute openings for available positions.  In the event that an Employee does not receive his or her preferred assignment, he or she can request a written explanation or an in-person interview with the hiring agents(s) to be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time.

This position, as posted, is subject to a collective bargaining agreement between the Regents of the University of Michigan and the Graduate Employees' Organization, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO 3550.


U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.