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Graduate Assistantship

​​​Graduate Assistant Position for MA Students in Department of Women’s and Gender Studies


Below is ONE Graduate Assistant (GA) position currently available for new and continuing students in the MA Program in Women’s and Gender Studies for the academic year 2022-2023. Please note that there is a possibility that other GA positions may become available later in Spring 2022. It is also possible that the stipends for GA positions may increase.

For priority consideration for these GA Positions, applicants must submit materials by February 15, 2022, which is also the priority deadline for admission into our graduate program. Please submit the GA applications along with your other required admission documents.  The GA application will only be reviewed with a complete application to the MA-WGS program.  Continuing MA-WGS students should apply for the GA positions directly to the department.

Application Process

  1. In order to be considered for the GA position, please submit the following documents:
    • A letter of application that answers the following questions: Why are you interested in this position? What are the skills, background knowledge, and experience that you would bring to the position? How is this position related to your broader goals within the MA Program?
    • A resume that includes the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of 2 individuals who could speak to your skills and abilities applicable to this position. If you intend for the same referees who are writing your letters of recommendation for admission into our MA program to be referees for the GA position please advise them to address your qualifications for this position in their admission letter.
    • A short essay response to the following questions: (a) What have been your experiences working in service and/or activist or educational groups? What are some of the challenges and triumphs you have experienced? (b) In your experience of groups or organizations, what are the best ways to build a group that is inclusive and affirming of different perspectives, ideas and identities? (c) In your experience, how have you approached disagreements and/or conflicts within a group, and what have you learned in the process? Give an example.
  2. Applications are due by February 15, 2022.
  3. Review of applications will begin after the February 15th deadline with decisions made by March 15, 2022.
  4. Applicants who are offered the GA positions along with admission are requested to let us know as soon as possible but latest by April 5, 2022 if you are going to accept the position.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Sanjukta Mukherjee, Director of Graduate Program in Women’s and Gender Studies at smukher8@depaul.edu.

Graduate Assistantship Opportunity

The position will fund 12 hours of academic credit (1 course per quarter for 3 quarters) for the 2022-23 academic year and will provide a stipend of $8000. There is ONE assistantship opportunity in this category this academic year. 

The Building Communities, Ending Violence (BCEV) project is a community-building justice project grounded in community accountability and transformative justice.  The project offers spaces for community members (i.e., students, faculty, staff, and members of the broader Chicago community) to learn about and practice everyday collective & community-based responses to oppression and violence that do not rely on police or other external authorities.  The project creates and facilitates activities geared toward reflection, dialogue and skill building for healing, intervention, accountability, and transformation.  

The graduate assistant will work with Dr. Ann Russo to create activities and spaces for the practice of healing, intervention, accountability and transformation in response to oppression and violence at DePaul and beyond.  The assistant will take leadership by initiating, creating, organizing, and facilitating strategy workshops on building skills for intervening in oppression and violence, peace circles (e.g., support, reflection, conflict, and/or community-building circles), reflection and skill building exercises around racism and white privilege (Dismantling White Privilege and Racism Group), healing arts and performance events (Dandelions in the Concrete), and Chicago community-wide skill sharing in transformative justice.  In addition, the assistant will work to maintain and build upon the BCEV Blog and Twitter social media to expand critical consciousness around transformative justice.

 The following strengths are required for this position:  (a) experience with social justice, anti-oppression frameworks that address interlocking systems of oppression and privilege, (b) experience with restorative and/or transformative justice practices; (c) self awareness, reflexivity, and willingness to engage in difficult conversations; (d) strong interpersonal communication skills, (e) strong writing skills for emails, publicity, and outreach materials; (f) demonstrated organizational skills needed for coordinating meetings, communicating with participants, taking care of logistics, and overall keeping track of multiple events and activities; 

Position Hours and Duration: This graduate assistant position will require a commitment of approximately 10-12 hours per week during the academic year.  The assistant must be available to work sometimes in the evenings and sometimes on weekends.