OIE: SPARQ! Peer (S9658C)

Summary, Scope, and Responsibilities


SPARQ! Peers are one component of the new LGBTQ+ Initiative out of the Office of Intercultural Education (OIE) called SPARQ! SPARQ! stands for “Strengthening Perspectives of Allyship and Representations of the Queer Community.”  SPARQ! will incorporate peer support, discussion, events, and education to integrate the Queer Community into the Bates campus narrative. Reporting to the Program Coordinator and working within the Office of Intercultural Education (OIE), SPARQ! Peers will play an essential student leadership role to promote and support positive identity development, and peer support for queer and questioning students, ensuring their access to the full Bates experience. SPARQ! Peers will provide confidential support to queer and questionings students on concerns around sexual identity, gender identity, expression, coming out, and the ways these concerns intersect with individuals’ daily lives and various other personal and social identities.


How To Apply:

Please apply by March 27, 2015. (Do not apply via the link below.) Please click here for application materials. Students who are currently abroad may apply and should indicate availability to interview via phone/Skype on Eastern Standard Time. Application review will begin immediately.

The Basics

Department: Intercultural Education
Supervisor: Lexie Mucci
Office Location: 56 Campus Ave, Chase Hall
Email: amucci@bates.edu
Pay Grade: C
Hours: 5-7
Workers: 3

Qualifications, Requirements, and Responsibilities


SPARQ! Peers must be rising Sophomore, Junior, or Senior student who have demonstrated personal and academic growth over their time at Bates. GPA will be considered as part of a holistic selection process.

Required Experience:

-Commitment to diversity, inclusion, and intra/intergroup relations

-Mentoring or working with students; individually/groups

-Organizing and promoting campus programs and event

-Creativity and professional etiquette

Preferred Experience:

-Mediation/Bystander Training

-Organizing and promoting campus programs and events

-Previous student leadership experience

Students who identify as queer are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. For the purpose of this position, queer includes individuals who self-identify as 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 peer will report to Lexie Mucci and work closely with: Student and Professional Staff of the Office of Intercultural Education.


Specific responsibilities include, but may not be limited to:

-Attend a robust training during both short term and before the start of Fall Semester

-Have flexible weekday and weekend Hours

-Host Drop-In hours to provide 1-1 peer support

-Provide individual outreach to students in need

-Organize and facilitate identity specific discussion groups (United in Color- Queer persons of color, Curiosity- Queer and Questioning Men, Family Table- All Queer and Questioning Students)

-Serve as a visible SPARQ! representative online and at various campus functions

-Attend regular meeting with Program Coordinator and fellow SPARQ! Peers

-Maintain required documentation and assessment materials for peer support serves

-Participate in general SPARQ! and OIE work such as- programing, research, attending programs, marketing, social media, and promotion

-Serve as a liaison to the OIE- update the OIE of all current campus and student needs, trends, and concerns related to Queer diversity

-Assist Program Coordinator with other duties as needed