Apply to be a First-Year Initiatives Diversity Workshop Leader

Each year, we recruit a team of 25-30 Diversity Peer Educators who facilitate our diversity workshop for new students as part of the Essential First-Year Initiatives series hosted by the Office of First Year Experience . Diversity Peer Educators

Position Overview
This is a prestigious role, as the Diversity Peer Educators lead workshops for ALL incoming freshmen and help set the tone of community that is the hallmark of W&M.  In this role, workshop leaders are paired with a fellow Peer Educator to co-lead one-hour workshops in the first weeks of the fall semester each year.  First-year students attend in groups ranging from 15 to 35 students, usually but not always with their residence hall. After the workshops, Peer Educators will follow up with Freshman Hall RA's to provide ongoing support.
Minimum Qualifications for this Position
  • An understanding of the goals of the program (described here) and the expectations outlined below
  • Students with sophomore, junior, or senior standing for the upcoming academic year
  • Commitment to supporting the mission of the Center for Student Diversity and ability to serve as an ambassador for the Center and our programs
  • Willingness to prioritize this role and ability to manage your time consciously to meet your commitment to the program (time expectations outlined below)
  • Dependable, organized, professional, attentive to detail, and good follow through on commitments
  • Comfortable with public speaking and overall good communication skills
  • Ability to demonstrate that you have an understanding of yourself:  that you have thought about and reflected on how your identity, culture and background have shaped your life and perspectives
  • Ability to demonstrate that you have tried to deepen your understanding of others’ identities and experiences so that you have a fuller understanding of diversity beyond your own personal experience
What We are Looking for in Workshop Leaders

We’re looking for people who are a good fit for facilitating discussions about diversity.  The list of traits and characteristics below are helpful to do well in this role – but you don’t have to have everything on the list to be successful!  If you see yourself in at least some of the items listed here, you may be a good fit.  We’re not expecting you to be an expert – that’s why we provide training.  We have had successful Peer Educators with widely varying personalities, personal styles, and levels of experience.

  • A learning mindset:  interest in deepening your understanding of yourself, others, and the social systems that relate to diversity, and an interest in developing your skills in this role
  • A reflective mindset:  interest in exploring how identity, culture and background have influenced the experiences and perspectives of yourself and others
  • Interest in and enthusiasm for diversity and its positive role in a strong community, and active efforts to learn about different types of diverse identities and experiences
  • Traits that help others relate to you, such as openness, enthusiasm, positive attitude, supportive, encouraging
  • Ability to work collaboratively with different personalities and styles
  • An educational mindset:  interest in creating an environment that encourages meaningful exchange and willingness to support others in a learning process
  • Thoughtful approach to communication:  active listening and being mindful about what you say and the impact of your communication on others
  • Comfortable talking about sensitive or difficult topics where people may disagree and ability to be neutral in a discussion with multiple perspectives
  • Understanding of or interest in learning about dynamics of social privilege and social justice
What We Require of Workshop Leaders

If selected to be an EFYI Diversity Workshop Leader, you will need to be able to meet the following expectations:

  1. Attend MANDATORY training workshops on Sunday, March 19 from 3 - 6 pm and Sunday, April 9 from 1 - 5 pm
  2. Participate in 2 MANDATORY one-hour small group meet ups scheduled based on participant availability
  3. Attend a MANDATORY individual meeting with the program supervisor after training in the spring semester
  4. Maintain email contact periodically over the summer to receive and provide information
  5. Read resource materials provided over the summer in preparation for the fall
  6. Attend MANDATORY training near the beginning of fall semester
  7. Co-facilitate 4 to 6 one-hour first-year diversity workshops in the first half of the fall semester (Sessions are held on Sunday through Thursday evenings before fall break; you MUST be available between the hours of 5 pm and 10 pm Sunday through Thursday on at least 7 to 8 dates)
  8. Attend a MANDATORY individual meeting with the program supervisor after the workshops before the end of fall semester
  9. Serve as a liaison to 2 Freshman Hall RA's to provide ongoing support in creating an inclusive hall community
  10. Attend on-going training if you want to be considered for leading further workshops throughout the year
  11. Use your W&M email address for ALL communication related to this program
  12. Inform the program supervisor of any concerns or problems in fulfilling the responsibilities of the position
  13. Assist with the evaluation of workshops
  14. Provide feedback about your experience for the improvement of the program
  15. Represent the Center for Student Diversity in a professional and appropriate manner
  16. Maintain confidentiality regarding any personal or sensitive information shared with you in your role by students, other program staff, and program coordinators.
Application Process
  • Complete and submit the online application. Applications received by the priority deadline of Thursday, February 23 at noon will receive first consideration.  Applications will remain open until our team is complete.
  • Participate in an interview.
  • NOTE: Because of the timing of the application deadline and the interview process, we may be attempting to contact you over spring break. Please check your W&M email during break.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Selected applicants MUST attend MANDATORY training workshops on Sunday, March 19 from 3 - 6 pm and Sunday, April 9 from 1 - 5 pm

We strongly recommend that you reserve these times on your calendar at the time of your application in the event that you are selected.  MANDATORY means you MUST attend the entire training. The only exceptions would be for illness, emergency, or other significant occurrence outside your control.  We expect that you will prioritize training over any elective activities such as organization events, study time, or other activities.

Please direct any questions to Roxie Patton, Associate Director, Center for Student Diversity, 757-221-2301 or [[jdpatton,]]

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