Apply to Become an Africana Studies Student Assistant for Fall 2024

May 1, 2024

Apply to become an Africana Studies Student Assistant for Fall 2024.

Position Description

  • The Department of Africana Studies (AFAS) invites applicants for the paid position of Student Assistant. This position will serve to assist faculty and staff in the department with the promotion of the Department of Africana Studies’ and events.

Position Description/Highlights

  • The Department of Africana Studies (AFAS) is housed within the College of Humanities (COH). The Department offers an interdisciplinary major and minor, a minor in hip-hop studies, a certificate in Caribbean Studies and a variety of internships and study abroad opportunities.
  • The Student Assistant will work with the Head of Africana Studies, faculty and staff to support day-to-day promotional activities within the department.
  • The Student Assistant should be an excellent communicator with great organization and social media skills.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Collate information to be shared on AFAS online platforms
  • Assist with the planning of student events
  • Spearhead bi-weekly planning meetings
  • Perform a variety of administrative support activities
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Africana Studies major or minor
  • 2.0+ GPA

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working or interning on-campus in roles that require leadership, organization, public speaking, and event planning
  • Membership in student organizations and/or community groups
  • Familiarity with MS Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher; Adobe, Social media sites, Box, Google Docs, Sheets, etc.

Diversity Statement

  • At the College of Humanities (COH), we pursue diversity and inclusiveness not as mere objectives for reaching social and institutional equity, but as philosophical principles for human understanding. We view all human stories and identities as complex, recognizing that they emerge in situated social, geographical, historical, and material circumstances. We recognize that it is impossible to engage diversity with a single language, a single story, a single history, or a single point of view. Hence, in COH we dedicate ourselves to multiculturalism, multilingualism, expansive narratives, and diverse perspectives. In recognition of the fact that human stories and identities through history are shaped by unjust social relations that still exist today, all of our practices—hiring, promotion, research, teaching, training, learning, outreach, and beyond—are guided by the principles of equity and inclusion.
  • We are committed to attracting and retaining students, faculty, and staff who embrace and sustain diverse practices, beliefs, and backgrounds. In aspiring to create a context that respects the academic freedom and civil rights of all COH members and partners, we are steadfast in our goal to advance the ideals of diversity, inclusivity, and equity in everything that we do.

Please note that the Africana Studies office will be closed during the summer months.  This position will become available in fall 2024.  If interested in the position, please email a one (1) page resume to Marcela Thompson (  Your resume will be reviewed by the committee in August 2024.

Your resume should include:

  1. Two brief statements
    1. Why you are interested in becoming an AFAS Student Assistant
    2. What qualifies you to be an excellent AFAS Student Assistant
  2. Your social media handles or links to your social media profiles
  3. Memberships in clubs and organizations (if any)
  4. Your intended graduation date along with your major/s and/or minor/s
  5. Awards or achievements (if any)
  6. Talents/ Skills (if any)
  7. Languages (if any)