Full-Time DEI Program Coordinator Position @ CSSW

Full-Time DEI Program Coordinator Position @ CSSW

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Jonathan Chang started this petition to Columbia University School of Social Work

On February 7, 2019, CSSW posted a new job opening for a Part-Time Program Coordinator position to support the newly found (as of January 2019) CSSW Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Within the last several months, the office has taken on new initiatives to provide professional development for faculty and administrators, provide supportive spaces for students of color, and has several other initiatives in the works to create an inclusive climate at the school in response to the 2016 Demands Movement. Initiatives include:

  1. Converting Room 531 into a programming space for the office to carry out its work and a lounge space for marginalized students.
  2. Mandating racial sensitivity trainings and difficult conversations trainings for professors, deans, and faculty members.
  3. Providing affinity spaces for people with marginalized identities, including faculty and students.
  4. Institutionalizing a student-led diversity task force with members of the administration, faculty, student body, and alumni network. [Collective work amongst other offices & student groups as well].
  5. Sending school-wide emails and collaborating with student caucuses to highlight culture/history months.

The changes listed above have solely been carried out by one person -- Assistant Dean Karma Lowe. While CSSW has strived to become a more inclusive and less oppressive institution through institutionalizing this office and its initiatives, an assistant dean position and a part-time coordinator position is insufficient to support the needs of students and faculty.

We demand that CSSW change the Program Coordinator position from an Officer Part-Time Regular position to an Officer Full-Time Regular position.

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