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Graduate Assistant - Diversity Initiatives and Cross-Cultural Services

Part-time,  Year Round, 20 Hours Per Week

The student must be enrolled full-time during the Fall and Spring Semesters
(9 credits required in Fall, 9 credits required in Spring, up to 9 optional credits in Summer).

Summary of Duties:

The incumbent in this position works collaboratively with the Vice President for University Life and the Multicultural Initiatives Coordinator and assists in the development of resources, materials, and programs to fulfill the University's strategic plans for diversity, and collaborates in all other University Life activities and partnerships as a member of the University Life Division team.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Research and develop resources and materials to support the implementation of diversity initiatives and strategic plans, particularly those centering on multicultural and international education.
  • Develop proficiency in and conduct campus programming centering on diversity and multicultural and international education, with particular emphasis on the promotion of cross-cultural competence among our students and other members of the University community.
  • Support student empowerment, working with student leaders to organize and initiate a variety of activities and events that will strengthen their cross-cultural competence and encourage them to live committed lives of moral leadership.
  • Serve on specific committees and duties as assigned by the Vice President for University Life.
  • Promote Franciscan ideals and adherence to the Mission of the University.


Principal Internal Working Relationships: University Life Division, Holleran Center for Community Engagement, Students, Faculty, extradivisional staff, as appropriate. 

External Working Relationships: Community organizations, including but not limited to the Hispanic Center, the Berks County Chapter of the NAACP, the African-American History Museum, and others.

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree and current enrollment in an Alvernia graduate program.
  • Knowledge of and ability to promote cross-cultural competence among students
  • Ability to think creatively and innovatively
  • Ability to prioritize work, manage time, and multitask appropriately
  • Ability to function autonomously and as a member of a team
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to role model appropriate behavior
  • Proven PC skills
  • Flexible schedule, to allow for frequent evening/weekend work
  • Collaborative working style

Send application/resume to:

Lisa Venkler
Office of Student Financial Planning
Alvernia University
400 Saint Bernardine St.
Reading, PA 19607


Alvernia is a growing co-educational Catholic Franciscan institution dedicated to academic and professional leadership based in the liberal arts tradition. Its suburban 85-acre campus outside Reading is within a ninety-minute drive to New York, Princeton, and Philadelphia. Alvernia University is committed to equal opportunity. Applicants who would enrich the diversity of our campus are encouraged to apply.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

Posting Date: May 20, 2015

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