OIE: SPARQ! Peer (S9657C)

Summary, Scope, and Responsibilities


SPARQ! (Support, Perspective, Allyship, Representation, and Qmunity) strives to support and create a more inclusive environment for queer* and trans students. By providing peer support and ally development opportunities, SPARQ! will foster a true sense of safety and belonging amongst students, faculty, and staff.

Reporting to the Assistant Director of the OIE and working within the Office of Intercultural Education (OIE), SPARQ! Peer Mentors will play an essential student leadership role to provide peer support for queer and questioning students and educational opportunities for queer and straight allies.

Through 1-1 mentoring sessions, drop-in hours, and facilitated discussion, SPARQ! Peers will provide private support to queer and questioning students focused on positive identity development.

Peer Mentors will also be hired within 1 of 3 speciality aspects of the program:

1. Advertisement & Outreach : Social Media, Classroom visits, Orientation, Recruitment, etc.
2. Qmunity : QConnect Dinners, Closed Discussion Groups, etc.
3. Ally Education : Active Ally Trainings, Out2Lunch
Students who identify as queer are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
*For the purpose of this position, queer includes individuals who identify as a sexual or gender minority, including, but not limited to: Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans (including transgender, non-binary, genderqueer, genderfluid, agender, etc.), Gay, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, and Pansexual.

This position is a full-year commitment. Those going abroad are encouraged to apply next year.*

The Basics

Department: Intercultural Education
Supervisor: Lexie Mucci
Office Location: 142, Chase Hall
Email: amucci@bates.edu
Pay Grade: C
Hours: 3-7
Workers: 3-4

Qualifications, Requirements, and Responsibilities


The SPARQ! program is looking for SPARQ! Peer Mentors who are dedicated to supporting queer and questioning students both personally and professionally. SPARQ! Peer Mentors should be: -out, and comfortable with their identity -outgoing -passionate about their positions -have the ability to work with a diverse population of students and have a strong sense of teamwork Preferred, but not required: -previous mentoring and leadership experience -Van certified, or the ability to be -familiar with photoshop, indesign, and social media


Responsibilities: -Attending a robust training during both short term and before the start of Fall Semester -Act as OIE & SPARQ! liaison throughout the Bates and greater community (this requires full visibility of your work and identity) Participate in all required meetings -Work collaboratively with other SPARQ! Peer Mentors, OIE Staff, and other campus constituencies -Help to plan, participate, or design specific programming and outreach related to your specific specialty -Must be willing to use personal social media (or create “professional” social media accounts) to complete administrative tasks such as posting articles, videos, and events on facebook. -Attend majority of SPARQ! programming -Host Two Weekly Drop-In Sessions -Provide personal outreach to Individual students in need, including scheduled 1-1, email check-ins, and casual conversations. -Provide mentoring to queer and questioning students around topics such as, but not limited to: sexual & romantic orientation, gender identity & expression, coming out, being out, being abroad, academic & social concerns, etc. -Maintain required documentation and assessment materials for peer support services -Complete administrative tasks as needed such as: research, communications, paper work, cleaning of the Qube, etc. -Act as student advocate -Assist Assistant Director with other duties as needed