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The Michigan School of Public Health (SPH) Dean’s Office, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Program is seeking one 50% (20 hours/week) Graduate Student Staff Assistant (GSSA) to work with the SPH DEI Leads to assess DEI educational materials and design a DEI educational program foundation.

We are seeking an experienced and dynamic student with a commitment to contributing to a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all members of our community. Appointment Period: Fall 2021 and Winter 2022

To apply, please submit the following materials (applicants who do not meet these requirements will not be considered):

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 to five professional references
  • Current transcript

Course Description

The GSSA will assist with the overall DEI program with various DEI initiatives and issues across the school.


  • Develop a toolkit of best practices for inclusive syllabus design
  • Collaborate with the School of Public Health Instructional Services to offer monthly topic-specific seminars to discuss resources within the repository
  • Partner with DEI team to schedule DEI task-driven group meetings and take comprehensive meeting notes
  • Partner with DEI team to create a plan to engage students around DEI
  • Partner with DEI team to implement anti-racism recommendations
  • Other responsibilities as assigned to further integrate DEI strategies into the School of Public Health

Required Qualifications*

  • Applicants must be currently registered in a Rackham graduate program. Preference will be given to doctoral students who have reached candidacy.
  • Ability to create evaluation assessments
  • Knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion professional development standards
  • Understanding of the multiple areas of programming and resources, such as anti-racism, sexual misconduct, and accessibility.
  • The work described above for this position must be considered academically relevant by the department or degree program in which the student is enrolled.
  • Familiarity with University of Michigan Diversity, Equity and inclusion initiatives
  • Demonstrated competency with modern computer productivity tools including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation programs

Desired Qualifications*

  • In addition to the required qualifications listed above, successful candidates will have:
  • The ability to work, problem solve and make decisions with limited supervision
  • Excellent organizational skills with demonstrated ability to prioritize, work under pressure to meet deadlines, attention to detail, and thorough and reliable follow through while handling multiple projects simultaneously
  • Project management experience
  • Previous experience developing resource material

Contact Information

Questions regarding this position may be emailed to

Decision Making Process

To enhance our progress toward making an inclusion environment. It is essential for our students to find the intersection in the education portfolio and being a DEI leader. This position will allow a graduate student the opportunity to enhance their overall educational portfolio. All applicants will be reviewed by the DEI Manager along with two DEI committee members.

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 August 29, 2021.

If selected as a finalist, a letter or e-mail from your academic advisor confirming that you are in good academic standing, not on fellowship support, and are approved for a 50% appointment (PLEASE NOTE: this letter may be submitted separately to


GEO Contract Information

The University will not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, marital status, familial status, parental status or pregnancy status, sex, gender identity or expression (whether actual or perceived), 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, medical conditions including those related to pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, arrest record, 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 for 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 their preferred assignment, they 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.

Standard Practice Guide 601.38, Required Disclosure of Felony Charges and/or Felony Convictions applies to all Graduate Student Assistants (GSAs). SPG 601.38 may be accessed online at , and its relation to your employment can be found in MOU 10 of your employment contract.


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