Are you a student at Harvard University who would like to get paid $11 dollars an hour? Talk to the administration-they’re looking for students to facilitate ‘brave spaces’ on campus.
According to the Harvard Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI), ‘brave spaces’ are focused on “social justice, diversity, and inclusion issues”. These spaces will be initiated by students hired to the new position of “Diversity Peer Educator” (DPE). Harvard plans to hire 20 DPEs for the 2017-2018 school year.
According to a job listing by the university, “DPEs lead trainings around issues of diversity and inclusion, host special events to promote social justice on campus, and serve as ambassadors for the Office for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion.” They will work 8-10 hours a week.
Some specific duties include:
- Work as part of the EDI and DPE team to plan and facilitate peer-to-peer dialogues that address a wide range of social justice, diversity and inclusion issues and topics.
- Plan and implement at least one House/Dorm Project each semester
- Seek out opportunities for collaborative projects with departments, Houses and student organizations.
- Serve as an ambassador of the Office for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion within other communities on the Harvard College campus.
Explaining the mission of DPEs, EDI states:
“We work to create a better community by centering student voices, and fostering brave spaces across campus where we can show up for each other with a sense of urgency. We hope to use our voices to advocate and amplify the voices that need to be heard the most in creating the community that we deserve.”
At Harvard University, the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion seeks to, “foster understanding, community and belonging, but more importantly, we commit to living out our values as an inclusive community through a broad array of programs and initiatives that permanently embed equity, diversity, and inclusion in the fabric of Harvard College’s academic, residential, and work environments.”
This program began in the fall of 2016, but it is unclear when it became a formalized and paying position. The university has hosted several events focused around the topics of safe spaces and social justice. One such event was created to help students cope with the election results after Donald Trump won the 2016 Presidential Election.
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(H/T: Campus Reform)