Equity and Inclusion

Dwight Greene’70 Internship for Equity & Inclusion

 

Guided by the principles of affirming identity, building community, and cultivating leadership, the Dwight Greene ’70 Internship for Diversity and Community Engagement is designed to hire one student every year who has demonstrated the knowledge, interpersonal skills, and commitment to social justice and institutional advancement at Wesleyan University and direct the student’s efforts towards fostering a sense of belonging and well-being for all students at Wesleyan University.

The internship provides an opportunity to participate in the assessment, programming, and analysis of several contemporary issues confronting higher education in the United States.

As a valuable member of the office, the intern is expected to perform the duties of the position with a high level of creativity, professional skill, confidentiality, and personal integrity. The intern’s familiarity and professional skills in the areas of higher education and social justice will be enhanced during the course of executing the objectives and duties of the position.

Core Duties:

Assessment

  • The intern will gather data about student participation in various academic and co-curricular programs and services at Wesleyan University. In prior years, interns have gathered data about concerns during individual discussions with their peers and during community meetings and forums.
  • The intern will be responsible for finding and collecting posts for the Campus Climate Log and reaching out to salient students and organizations to encourage them to post as well
  • The intern will coordinate at least one community meeting or forum each semester
  • The intern will Co-Coordinate the Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee with the WSA Committee for Inclusion and Diversity Chair

Programming

  • The intern will promote and/or participate in the core programs that are sponsored (or co-sponsored) by the Office of the Dean for Equity and Inclusion. Annual programs include: New Student Orientation – Student of Color Reception and the Queer Reception (held in late August), Dwight Greene Memorial Symposium and the Alumni of Color/Student of Color Dinner and Recognition Ceremony (held in November), Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium (held in February), and the Trustees of Color/ Student of Color Meeting (held in February). Additionally, the intern will promote the use of the Campus Climate Log, the activities of the Dwight Greene Internship for the Oral History Project, and the Wesleyan Diversity Education Facilitators (WesDEFs).
  • The intern may coordinate additional programs with the approval of the Dean for Diversity. A modest budget ($25 per additional program, for a maximum of 4 programs per semester) is available for refreshments.
  • By the 1st day of Fall classes, the intern must describe in an email to the Dean for Equity and Inclusion, any specific issues or goals related to higher education and social justice that the intern wants to pursue during the course of the year.
  • The Dean and the intern will work together to identify a set of activities (core programs and additional programs) that is mutually agreeable and attainable within the structure and timeframe of the internship.

Analysis

  • The intern will participate in semi-weekly meeting with the Dean for Equity and Inclusion to discuss the issues, programs, and services associated with higher education and social justice at Wesleyan University.
  • The intern will submit written analysis of some of the issues, programs, and services (related to higher education and social justice) that students experience at Wesleyan University. This may be done utilizing a blog.

Qualifications

  • This internship is open to students in their sophomore or junior year at Wesleyan University
  • Students who are interested in the position may contact the Dean for Equity and Inclusion at any time during the academic year. The Dean seeks students who have prior experience in leading student groups and in social justice activism at Wesleyan University.
  • The ideal candidate for the internship must be able to do the following:
    • Communicate effectively in person and in writing to a diverse audience of people
    • Execute strong organizational and time management skills in order to negotiate the multiple demands of being a student, an intern, and any additional roles and responsibilities the student may have
    • Demonstrate maturity as the intern may participate in professional meetings
    • Exercise discretion and confidentiality with student and university information.

Payroll

  • The intern will submit payroll sheets (with hours worked and a short description of activities) to the Dean for Equity and Inclusion on a semi-weekly schedule
  • The pay rate will be $10/hour for a maximum of 4 hours per week.
  • The internship begins in late August and ends on May 1st. The intern and/or the Dean may terminate the internship prior to May 1st if the student and/or the Dean decide that either party is unable to fulfill the goals and expectations of the internship.