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.*
Department: Intercultural Education
Supervisor: Lexie Mucci
Office Location: 142, Chase Hall
Pay Grade: C
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
-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
-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
-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
-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