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Graduate: DEI Transdisciplinary Fellow 2021-2022


In alignment with the mission of Michigan Housing, the DEI Transdisciplinary Fellow (DEI TF) is a student staff position that specifically focuses on the development of a community that is inclusive and supportive for Graduate and Professional students across all social identities in both the Munger Graduate Residences or in Northwood Community Apartments. The DEI TF works to strengthen a transdisciplinary living – learning environment in Munger and Northwood and strives to create an inclusive community using a diversity, equity, and inclusion framework. 

The DEI TF works to create an inclusive community by building relationships with residents and conducting educational, cultural, and social programs that promote the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and restorative practices. Further, they serve as a resource to support residents who are targeted in their identities and social memberships by responding to concerns or behaviors that negatively affect the community and campus climate. Supervision of the DEI TF position is by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Residence Education (Graduate Academic Initiatives). 

Position Description:


Each DEI TF will focus on Residential Community Outreach Programming through the following responsibilities:

  • Create large scale residential community programs that further the mission of Diversity and Inclusion and Residence Education through educational programming that celebrates cultural heritage/ social awareness months
    • Create digital signage, public posting boards, and utilize community spaces to further this mission 
    • Support event execution by playing an active role in reserving spaces, event setup, greeting guests, event setup and breakdown, and facilitation. 
  • Facilitate monthly community discussions, series, and other signature programming to talk about how social identities and current events affect residents’ experience at Michigan.  
  • Work with Diversity and Inclusion staff to develop ResStaff training sessions that address campus climate issues, identity exploration, conflict resolution, intercultural communication, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and restorative practices.
  • Engage wider residential community campaigns such as You Belong Here, Expect Respect and Inclusive Community programming.
  • Work with Diversity and Inclusion and Residence Education staff, Fellows and ResStaff to assess the effectiveness of Diversity and Inclusion programs and initiatives in graduate residential communities.  


  • Follow Diversity and Inclusion Concern and Campus Climate Incident procedures, follow up with impacted residents, and work with ResStaff to support and address harm within the community using restorative practices.
  • Serve as an advocate for marginalized residents and groups in the community by referring them to appropriate resources and campus offices
  • Assist in conflict resolution, problem-solving, and crisis management related to identity within the residential community using restorative justice principles.

Position Requirements:

  • Must be enrolled as a full time graduate or professional student at the University of Michigan in good academic standing.
    • All Graduate student staff members will be expected to maintain a minimum 5.0 term GPA if on an 8.0 scale, or a 5.5 term GPA if on a 9.0 scale.
    • Graduate Student Staff members (Masters/Certificates) must be enrolled and complete at least 6 credit hours each semester they are appointed. Ph.D. candidate Resident Staff members must provide proof of enrollment each semester they are appointed.
  • Strong preference will be given to students living on-campus in either Munger Graduate Residences or in Northwood Community Apartments.
  • Must comply with all local, state, and federal laws.
  • Must uphold all policies and procedures as defined by the University of Michigan Standard Practice Guide, the Michigan Housing Community Living at Michigan, and any other applicable University policies and procedures.
  • May not simultaneously hold another student staff position in Michigan Housing. 

Time Commitment and Compensation:

  • DEI TFs is a year round, 12 month position 
  • Candidates will ideally begin working in June 2021; hiring is done on a rolling basis and start dates will be determined by hire date 
  • Approximately 10-15 hour per week commitment.
  • Attend and participate in all required onboarding, training, and preparation (typically in June/July/August and January).
  • Attend bi-weekly DEI Fellow staff meetings (time to be determined) and weekly monday night (6-8pm) meetings. 
  • DEI TFs will have 1 hour monthly supervisory meetings with their D&I supervisor and 1 hour bi-weekly supervisory meeting with their Graduate Academic Initiatives supervisor.  
  • Pay is $14.00 an hour.
  • Effective 09/05/2021 – The Transdisciplinary Fellows position will be compensated at $14.50 per hour.

Contact Information:

Jeannene Jones-Rupert, Program Manager of Diversity and Inclusion

The Connector, 603 E. Madison Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109 Phone: 734-734-5637 or [email protected]

Michael Jones-Rupert, Program Manager for Graduate Academic Initiatives

Munger Residences, 540 Thompson St, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 Phone: 734-764-2262 or [email protected]