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The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Graduate Student Services Assistant (DEI GSSA)  position reports to Joana Dos Santos, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer. Along with your resume, please submit a cover letter addressed to Joana that outlines your specific interest in the position, your familiarity with DEI efforts at Taubman College and the University of Michigan, and related skills/experiences. Your cover letter will be used to evaluate your writing ability. 

Email your materials to Joana at as a single PDF document (cover letter first, followed by resume). You can convert documents to PDF using this free online tool and combine them through Include in the subject line: Application for DEI GSSA.

The application deadline is Monday, May 24, 11:59pm ET.

If you have any questions about this position, email Joana at

Job Summary

As the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Graduate Student Services Assistant (DEI GSSA), you will work with students, faculty, and staff to decolonize and bring an anti-racist lens into Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning curriculum and pedagogy. You will be tasked with collecting data and evaluating the syllabi review work that took place during the 2020-2021 academic year. After the assessment and evaluation process is completed, you will produce a report with best practices and recommendations. You will then work with the chairs and faculty to start institutionalizing some of them. This may include creating a database with new articles, resources, precedents, speakers, etc., and helping professors integrate them into their syllabi and lesson plans. In addition, you will support Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) in implementing some of the changes. You will also work with a student-led, faculty-supported team on a lecture series that explores anti-racism and decolonization in the built environment.

Who We Are

Taubman College promotes the public good by engaging a diverse constituency in purpose-driven learning and research addressing the built environment. Consistently named among the best architecture and planning schools in the country, the college prepares graduates to lead the professions, organizations, and institutions that shape our world at every scale. Investments in digital and material making, new master's degrees, and enhanced facilities have made the college a leading site of advanced work, particularly in robotics, fabrication, and material systems. Capacity-building in community engagement, pathways programs, and justice initiatives has made Taubman College a leader in promoting equity. Faculty fellowships and research grants have cultivated a robust experimental design culture. Through interdisciplinary work with field-leading units at one of the world's greatest public research universities, Taubman College faculty and students are prototyping a better future.

Taubman College affirms the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as we organize resources and priorities that align with our values. We seek to have a diverse group of persons at all levels of the college - students, faculty, staff, and administrators - including persons of different race and ethnicity, national origin, gender and gender expression, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religious commitment, age, and disability status. We strive to create a community of mutual respect and trust, a community in which every and all members and their respective backgrounds, identities, and views are represented without any threat of bias, harassment, intimidation, or discrimination. Learn more about Taubman College's DEI efforts.

Course Description

This is a graduate student position dedicated to implementing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategic plans at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. 


  •  Assessment, evaluation, and production of a report with recommendations to decolonize and embed anti-racist practices into curriculum and pedagogy
  • Begin to institutionalize the recommendations
  • Support GSIs with the implementation of recommendations
  • Support a student-led, faculty-supported lecture series focused on anti-racism and decolonization of the built environment
  • Participate and facilitate DEI development opportunities
  • 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.


Required Qualifications*

  • University of Michigan graduate student in good standing (you need to be at least in your second semester of study-incoming students are NOT eligible to apply)
  • Ability to work 20 hours per week average commitment
  • 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*

  • Experience with assessment and evaluation
  • Experience with event planning
  • Familiarity with architecture/urban planning/design fields and Taubman College DEI efforts

Additional Information

  • Appointment Period: 2021-2022 academic year (September 2021-April 2022)
  • Estimated FTE: 50% (20 hours a week)
  • Compensation: This appointment provides tuition, salary (at the GEO negotiated GSSA monthly rate), GradCare health insurance and dental insurance (Option 1).

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.
  • Candidates will be interviewed June-July 2021 via videoconference (candidates do not need to be physically present at Taubman College for the interview).
  • The selected candidate for the position will be asked for a letter or e-mail from their academic advisor confirming they are  in good academic standing, not on fellowship support, and approved for a 50% appointment. This letter DOES NOT need to be submitted at the time of application.

Selection Process

Every effort will be made to have a hiring decision by August 1, 2021. The starting date is August 30, 2021.

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.