University of Oregon
ASUO Women’s Center
The ASUO Women’s Center seeks to provide leadership skills through employment and empowerment. Our center focuses on bridging classroom learning and student activism. Student Coordinator positions comprise the heart of the center’s services and programming efforts.
The center provides information, support, and services to facilitate education around issues of feminism, women and gender. It fosters an atmosphere where students, staff, and faculty can engage in discussions and activities that empower women as individuals and as a community. Services include, but are not limited to: resources and referral, advocacy, events planning and coordination, support groups, the center’s quarterly magazine, community outreach, and cultural events co-sponsored with other student organizations.
Integral to all of our work is the commitment to examining intersecting oppressions and creating conditions that allow for all people to share safely and equally in the opportunities and resources provided by UO. These support services are designed to reflect and enhance the unique goals, expectations, and aspirations of all students. Programs and services also assist students in addressing contemporary issues confronting them.
The ASUO Women’s Center acknowledges and serves women of different racial, ethnic and class backgrounds, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, political view, and national origin, and is committed to being a multicultural program that sustains and integrates different perspectives and sensibilities. The center is committed to promoting an environment of mutual understanding where all individuals are respected.
The mission of the ASUO Women’s Center is to advocate for the best educational and working environment for the women at the University of Oregon. We accomplish this by working toward societal change, the ending of oppression and by supporting personal growth.
Term of Contract:
9 months (September through June)
Stipend: 9 month stipend beginning September 2013– June 2014, $250 a month
This position creates the vision for the office around issues of diversity and how they are expressed through the center. The Diversity Coordinator is responsible for promoting and giving space to multiple voices that have historically have been excluded from feminist conversations. This is accomplished through the following activities: In winter the Diversity Coordinator will bring a speaker to campus as part of the Lyllye B. Parker Speaker Series. Throughout the year the Diversity Coordinator organize a month meetings with representatives the following student unions: LGBTQA, Mujeres, Black Women of Achievement, MESA and NASU to create a solid alliance between women of color on campus.
The Diversity Coordinator will maintain a minimum of 10 office hours per week and attend all mandatory events including retreats, budget hearings and student coordinator produced events. Specifically, they will:
- Keep a minimum of 6.5 scheduled office hours in the center
- Attend weekly staff meetings (1.5 hours)
- Meet with the director for a weekly check-in (.5 hour)
- Serve on the MCC Board of Directors, attend weekly MCC Board Meeting (1.5 hour) or other meeting tbd
Principle Duties/Job Functions:
- Bring a winter speaker as part of the Lyllye B. Parker Speaker Series/Conference
- Attend MCC retreats when possible.
- Facilitate the monthly women of color meeting between student unions.
- Organize the Women of Color Retreat.
- Keep abreast of center events, national and international events that affect women and bring them up to the center staff as necessary
- Write one article for the Siren Magazine
- Work with Women’s Center staff and volunteers to ensure that the Center is meeting the needs of women of color.
- Assist with the functioning of the center (answering phones, taking messages, greeting people, etc.)
- In conjunction with Office Coordinator, manage budget that includes coordinating center events and reviewing and approving requests for co-sponsorships made to the center.
- Attend mandatory Women’s Center events throughout the year (one per issues/related coordinator), including:
- Domestic Violence Awareness Month toiletry drive and Red Zone sexual assault awareness campaign: October 2014
- Women’s Center Open House: October 2014
- Women of Color Speaker Series: Winter 2014
- Attend mandatory budget hearing during Winter term
- International Women’s Day: March 8, 2015
- Take Back the Night: April 30, 2015
- OUT/LOUD Queer Women’s Music Festival: May 16, 2015
- Develop budget request and defend for upcoming year (winter term)
- Attend three mandatory staff trainings/retreats (one per term)
- Fall Training October 3-5
- Winter Training January 10
Learning and Leadership Opportunities:
Opportunity to work closely with nationally known women of color. Past guests include Caleen Sisk, Dr. Angela Davis, Yellow Rage, Cherrie Moraga, Winona La Duke, Adelina Anthony, and bell hooks. Great experience in coordinating large scale events on current issues. Skills include but are not limited to professional communication, promotion of events, raising awareness of speakers’ topic, scheduling and booking. *
- Demonstrated background in working on multicultural issues and with diverse populations.
- Background in programming, conference planning and implementation preferred
- Ability to dedicate at least 10 hours a week to the Women’s Center, realistically closer to 15 hours during conference planning
- Strong aural, oral and written communication skills
- Successful experience in a work setting that requires teamwork and cooperative working relationships.
- Ability to establish time-lines and priorities for completing projects.
- Must have a personal commitment and sensitivity to creating a welcoming environment for all women (including, but not limited to, women of color, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and questioning women, nontraditional students, international women, parents, women with dis/ablilities and members of all religious and ethnic groups)
- Enrolled for a minimum of 8 undergraduate credit hours or 6 graduate credit hours at the University of Oregon.
Prospective coordinators must complete an application, which is then followed up by an interview. Selection is based on event planning experience and familiarity with women’s issues. All Coordinators report to the Director of the Women’s Center.
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