DEI GSSA - School of Social Work

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How to Apply

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

  • A cover letter addressing your specific interest in the position and outlining skills and experience that directly relate to the GSSA position. Please include your University affiliation and year in graduate studies
  • Current resume
  • A professional reference letter that addresses your qualifications for this particular position.
  • Contact information (email and phone) for three to five professional references.

Please submit all materials as a single document in a PDF format. 

Application Deadline: July 1, 2022


The School of Social Work’s Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) invites applicants to apply for the DEI Graduate Student Staff Assistant (GSSA) position.   The GSSA will work toward achieving goals outlined in our School’s DEI Strategic Plan. The position will be grounded in social work values and ethics and would support the student’s educational and professional development. We envision this position as contributing to student development while also advancing our School’s overall DEI plan. 

Appointment Period:  Fall 2022 (this position is guaranteed for one term, with renewal for Winter 2023 contingent upon completion of performance expectations).

Estimated FTE: 50% (20 hours per week)

Compensation: This appointment provides tuition, required fees, stipend (at the GEO negotiated GSSA monthly rate), GradCare health insurance and dental insurance (Option 1).

Course Description

The School of Social Work DEI GSSA would contribute to the implementation of the DEI strategic plan in the following ways:

Education and Scholarship

  • Ongoing assessment of the implementation of the DEI Strategic Plan; Updating the strategic plan based on progress and issues
  • Create reports on the survey outcomes of relevant student, faculty or staff DEI trainings or workshops
  • Be a student representative on the PRAXIS (Promoting Action for Intersectional Social Justice) Committee that is chaired by the DEI Office
  • Coordinate efforts among SSW Units (ex. Office of Global Activities, Continuing Education, PhD Program, Community Action and Social Change Minor, Office of Student Services, etc.)
  • Provide a content analysis of the SW 505: Diversity and Social Justice course evaluations to ensure that instructors are consistent in delivering DEI topics
  • Assist in the DEI Year 6 evaluation process, through collection and evaluation of existing data 

Recruitment and Retention

  • Work with the Office of Student Services on the planning and execution of a welcome session for underrepresented admitted students
  • Aid in the coordination and implementation of  a webinar or panel for underrepresented prospective and admitted students
  • Meet with prospective students who are invited for individual visits to the SSW as part of the DEI recruitment efforts
  • Track the enrollment outcomes of attendees from special DEI recruitment events

Coordination of DEI Activities

  • Publicize and document relevant DEI resources in the school, on campus, and in the community
  • Help plan and facilitate student DEI discussions
  • Provide resources and support for students who experience incidents of discrimination or “othering”, based on their lived identities
  • Engage in outreach and support to relevant student organizations to collaborate and to further the mission of their organizations, as well as the DEI Office (ex. Association of Black Social Work Students, LatinX Social Work Coalition, Common Roots, Black Radical Healing Pathways, Queer Alliance Coalition, Jewish Communal Leadership Program etc.).
  • Increase transparency by disseminating DEI progress reports to students through quarterly Newsletters
  • Develop marketing materials that incorporate DEI themes and appeals to a diverse set of audiences (website, social media, etc.)
  • Develop various methods of gathering ongoing feedback on the strategic plan from students, faculty and staff

Professional Development

The DEI GSSA would work closely with the DEI Office Director and Program Manager, both licensed MSWs, who would provide professional level training and supervision. The GSSA will receive both individual supervision, along with group supervision during weekly DEI Team meetings.  The DEI Program Manager would also work with the DEI GSSA to create a post-MSW work plan, to ensure that the student felt prepared to showcase their newly honed skills during their job search and interview processes.
In addition, we would support the GSSA attending relevant DEI events and trainings as outlined below.

  • Attend the Undoing Racism workshop in the Fall sponsored by the School of Social Work
  • Participation in the Rackham DEI Professional Development Certificate Program
  • Ability to attend other SSW initiated DEI events and report back impact of these events to their work
  • Attendance at a local professional conference

To meet the demands of this position and balance the workload of being a full-time graduate student, some flexibility of scheduled work hours is possible, including evenings or weekends on a previously scheduled basis.


Appointing Office: Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The GSSA position will focus on two key areas in our DEI strategic plan -- Education and Scholarship and Recruitment and Retention -- in addition to overall coordination of our DEI plan. We have identified these activities as being particularly suitable for student learning and development and for the strengths and perspectives that a graduate student would offer.

Required Qualifications*

Applicants must be currently registered in a graduate program at the University of Michigan. Preference will be given to students who can work both Fall 2022 and Winter 2023 semesters.

  • Familiarity and experience with diversity, equity and inclusion issues.  
  • Workshop and/or event planning and facilitation experience
  • Ability to handle multiple projects
  • Ability to collaborate in a teamed staffing approach on various efforts
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, prioritization, and follow-through
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work and communicate effectively and professionally with the University community as well as external constituents
  • Ability to work collaboratively or independently, as the task requires.
  • 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
  • Experience with DEI issues in graduate education, student development, leadership development, and diversity issues in higher education
  • An understanding of the challenges faced by underrepresented populations in higher education
  • Project management experience
  • Previous experience developing resource materials
  • Skills in graphic design, photography, video production, and competence with social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) a plus
  • Basic data analysis and familiarity with Qualtrics a plus


Contact Information

Questions regarding this position may be emailed to

Decision Making Process

If selected for an interview, a letter or e-mail from your academic unit will be requested confirming that you are in good academic standing, not on fellowship support, and are approved for a 50% appointment.

Application Deadline: July 7, 2022

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed following the application deadline and selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Every effort will be made to have a hiring decision by August 26, 2022.

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.

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