International Student Advocate

ASUO Women’s Center


International Advocate Job Description


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

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 2015– June 2016, $250 a month



This position creates the vision for the office around issues of global feminism and how they are expressed through the center. They also act as an advocate for the international community at the University of Oregon. The International Advocate is responsible for advocating for the best educational and social environment for international women students on campus. The International Advocate raises issues from a non-US feminist lens to ensure that global perspectives are heard.  International Advocate ensures that all Women’s Center events are inclusive of international women and strives the make the Women’s Center a place where all international students feel is a place for them.


The Global Feminist Issues 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 4.5 scheduled office hours in the center
  • Attend weekly staff meetings (1.5 hours)
  • Meet with the director for a weekly check-in (.5 hour)
  • Attend weekly Mills staff meeting, International Affairs or American English Institute and report back during WC staff meeting (1 hour)
  • Attend International Coffee Hour on Fridays from 4-5PM (1 hour)
  • Co-facilitate International Women’s Support Group (1.5 hour)


Principle Duties/Job Functions:

  • Organize and co-facilitate the weekly International Women’s Support Group
  • Plan one program for each International Student Orientation to promote awareness of the Women’s Center and our services.
  • Plan International Women’s Day in conjunction with ISO and academic departments
  • Attend/host/co-organize International Coffee Hour or other ISA endeavor (film series, etc) three times per year
  • Act as liaison between Mills International Center and ASUO Women’s Center by attending staff meetings
  • Act as a liaison on women’s issues with International Affairs by assisting with the promotion and organization of international women support groups and events. Prepare a presentation on this topic for at least one International Student and Scholar Services staff meeting.
  • Serve as the liaison between international students and university groups/departments that deal with international student issues.  Clarify liaison and stay connected to groups. Represent Women’s Center in international union spaces, meetings and activities and report back to WC during our weekly staff meeting.
  • Write one article for the Siren Magazine
  • Keep abreast of center events, national and international events that affect women and bring them up to the center staff as necessary


Inter-office support:

  • 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 2015
    • Women’s Center Open House: October 2015
    • Women of Color Speaker Series: Winter 2015
    • Attend mandatory budget hearing during Winter term
    • International Women’s Day: March 8, 2016
    • Take Back the Night: April 30, 2016
    • OUT/LOUD Queer Women’s Music Festival:  May 16, 2016
  • 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 create partnerships with international student unions, academic departments, and offices serving international students.  Event planning and budgeting skills though coordinating the International Women’s Day. Professional development through extensive training and mentorship.



  • Demonstrated background in working on issues effecting international students.
  • Understanding of feminism from a non-United States perspective.
  • Background in programming, conference planning and implementation preferred
  • Ability to dedicate at least 10 hours a week to the Center.
  • 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.


Selection Method:

Applications due May 18 by 5pm. Selection is based on knowledge of issues facing international women students at UO and familiarity with women’s issues. This position reports to the Director of the Women’s Center.

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