Graduate Assistant for Community and Belonging

Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA

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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Position Type: Staff Temporary

Hours per week: 20/30 hours per week during academic periods and 30/40 hours during training weeks   

Weeks per year: 43.1

Work Schedule: Hours are generally 8:30am-5:00pm with flexible evening and weekend hours to meet the needs of the students and Professional Staff On-Call obligations. 

Department Summary & Job Purpose:

Division Summary
The Division of Student Life cultivates a dynamic, engaged, and inclusive community that enriches the student experience, promotes wellness and belonging, and supports the purposeful development of every student.

The student life team does this through complementing the academic program and enhancing the Mount Holyoke College student experience through co-curricular opportunities, community building, and cultivation of student leadership as well as by providing resources and support that enable student well-being. We work closely with the academic centers and our campus partners on specific initiatives such as Be Well at Mount Holyoke. We also coordinate many College-wide initiatives including New Student Orientation, Family & Friends Weekend, our Living Learning Communities, the MoZone Peer Education Program, Interfaith Lunches, and the Leadership & Service Awards. This position pays a salary of $8,750 and includes room and board.


Core Job Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • This Graduate Assistant for Residential Community and Inclusion is a 30 hour a week position responsible for developing and implementing initiatives in the residence halls and cultural centers on campus through an intersectional lens. This position will support the diversity and inclusion work on campus by advising affinity-based Living Learning Communities, supporting cultural centers by providing administrative support for various Student Life functions. This position will serve in an on-call rotation for one week a month, responding to student crises and concerns as needed. The person fulfilling this role will be supervised by the Associate Dean of Students, Co-Director for Community and Belonging who assists in leading Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives in Student Life and will also have dual reporting to the Associate Dean of Students & Director of Residential Life.
  • Provide programmatic and administrative support for affinity based Living Learning Communities (Mary Woolley Floor, Shirley Chisholm Floor, MiGente Floor, and Mosaic Community)
  • Serve in Professional Staff on Call rotation, will spend one week a month on call as a Tier 1 responder.
  • Assist in the development, coordination and implementation of DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) programmatic initiatives which provides educational and cultural programming for students through the cultural centers and religious and spiritual life center, identity-based student groups (i.e, students of color committee, lavender committee, first-gen/low-income students, undocumented students)
  • Assist with the development and implementation of identity-based leadership training for cultural and/ or religious, and spiritual organizations. 
  • Co-supervising the Cultural Center student employees. 
  • Advise assigned Affiliated Cultural Center Student Organizations 
  • Assist in researching DEI best practices and data which supports the retention and persistence of historically marginalized communities and prepare reports of findings.
  • Develop creative engagement with students through various social media platforms
  • Serve on committees, work groups, and task forces at the request of supervisors
  • Attend various Division of Student Life meetings
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisors in addition to assisting with general office tasks.

Employment Dates and Compensation:

  • Hrs/Wk: 20/30 hours per week during academic periods and 30/40 hours during training weeks
  • Stipend: $8750.00 plus Apartment and Meal Plan per academic year.
  • Dates of Appointment:
  • August 1, 2022 - May 31, 2023 
  • Fall Semester including training and orientation: August- December
  • Spring Semester: January - May
For more information about this position you may contact the following:

Latrina L. Denson

Associate Dean of Students, Co-Director for Community and Belonging

[email protected]



Rachel Alldis

Associate Dean of Students, Director for Residential Life

[email protected]




  • Bachelors Degree from an accredited 4 year college or university.
  • Experience working in residential life and managing crisis situations
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Demonstrate experience with academic, social, and/or cultural program development and implementation
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Comfortable with leading presentations, discussions, and dialogues
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Willingness to work with individuals from different gender, sexual orientation/expression, national, ethnic, ability, social, religious, and economic backgrounds.
  • Comfortable and grounded in one’s own social identities and/ or experiences.
  • An understanding of identity development through an intersectional lens
  • Regular evening and some weekend work required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Enrolled or in a post-graduate program
  • Proficient in social media platforms.
  • Developing and creating flyers, posters, and other publicity and public relations experiences
  • Special attention given to someone with experience advising and developing programs to support students of color and/ or LGBTQIA+ communities.
  • Experience facilitating dialogues across difference


Compliance Requirements: 

Physical Demands: 

• Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/ or leg control requires exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated as light work.

Working Conditions:   

Background Checks:

Mount Holyoke College is committed to providing a safe and secure environment, supported by qualified employees that will allow all of its students, faculty, staff and those associated with them to successfully carry out the mission of the college. As a condition of employment, the College will conduct appropriate background checks for all new hires. Mount Holyoke has designated the Office of Human Resources as  the office responsible for ensuring that background checks (CORI, SORI, Credit History, & Driver Credential) are completed and utilized in the hiring process and Five College Office of Compliance and Risk Management as the office responsible for facilitating background checks as articulated in this policy.

Special Instructions for Applicants: 

Apply online by application deadline. Application materials must include:

  • A cover letter summarizing interests and qualifications
  • A complete resume or curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for 3 professional references
  • Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse. The College is committed to providing equal access and opportunity in employment and education to all employees and students. In compliance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law. The College does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the recruitment and admission of students to its graduate program.

    Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


    Mount Holyoke College is a highly selective liberal arts institution with a long tradition of educating women for active engagement in the world. A diverse community of approximately 2000 students (13% international, 17% U.S. women of color), the College is committed to the creation of a powerful learning environment which seamlessly links the curricular and co-curricular dimensions of campus life in a way that affirms identity, builds community and prepares women for leadership in a pluralistic world.mount_holyoke_college1.jpg

    Mount Holyoke is located in the beautiful Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts. The College, which has just completed the third year of an ambitious six-year strategic plan, is committed to educating a diverse community of women at the highest level of academic excellence and to fostering the alliance of liberal arts education with purposeful engagement in the world. Mount Holyoke is in a particularly strong position having received the highest numbers of applications in its history. Mount Holyoke is a member of the Five College Consortium (along with Amherst, Hampshire, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst).

    mount_holyoke_college2.jpgAs the first of the Seven Sisters—the female equivalent of the once predominantly male Ivy League—Mount Holyoke established higher education for women as a serious endeavor. Our long, distinguished history of educating leaders arises from a powerful combination of:

    • academic excellence in a global learning environment
    • a tight-knit, diverse, and international community
    • a worldwide network of alumnae
    • the conviction that women can and should make a difference in the world.

    Mount Holyoke College is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review Guide's 2010 edition of its annual guidebook, The Best 371 Colleges. Mount Holyoke rates highly in a number of categories, among them "best classroom experience" (#6), "best college library" (#12), and "dorms like palaces" (#13).

    Our 2,200 students hail from 48 states and nearly 70 countries. One in three students is an international citizen or African American, Asian American, Latina, Native American, or multiracial. Sixty-two percent of incoming first-year students were in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.



    • 49 departmental and interdepartmental majors
    • Option to design your own major
    • 33 percent of all majors are interdisciplinary
    • Majors of current MHC students: humanities, 32 percent; social sciences, 42 percent; natural and applied sciences, 26 percent

    Class Size

    • 15 percent of classes have 10 or fewer students
    • 64 percent have 20 or fewer
    • 82 percent have 25 or fewer

    Student-to-Faculty Ratio
    9 to 1

    After College
    Six months after graduation, 86 percent of the class of 2008 were working or in school. Of those students, 16 percent were attending graduate/professional schools of their choice. Typically, 75 percent of MHC graduates enroll in graduate/professional school within ten years.

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