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Women’s Center Graduate Assistantship

Department: Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, Office for Inclusive Excellence, Office of the Provost

Primary Contact: Rory Dicker

Position Summary:

The Graduate Assistant is part of the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center in the Office for Inclusive Excellence division at Vanderbilt University. The Graduate Assistant will support the Center’s outreach; gain practical experience in the administration of a campus identity center; and collaborate with diverse populations of students, faculty, and staff. This position works directly with the staff of the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center to support the initiatives of the Center.

Time Commitment:

The position will begin in August 2021 and last for 9 months. Continuation of the assistantship will depend upon satisfactory performance of your assigned duties and progress toward your degree. You will be expected to work 20 hours per week excluding university breaks. This may include some evening and weekend hours.

About the Women’s Center:

Founded in 1978, the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center is a resource for programming, support, and referrals related to gender equity topics such as sexual health, pregnancy, body image, disordered eating, healthy relationships, and women’s leadership. Home to undergraduate student internships such as Vandy Sex Ed, the Body Project, and the Women’s Center Ambassadores, as well as to signature events including the Cuninggim Lecture on Women in Culture and Society, the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center is an affirming space for women and for all members of the Vanderbilt community that actively resists sexism and all forms of oppression.

About Inclusive Excellence:

The Office for Inclusive Excellence serves the Vanderbilt community with a strategic emphasis to promote academic success, professional and cultural education, and inclusivity and belonging among its students, faculty, and postdoctoral fellows.

Key Functions and Expected Performance:

  • Assist in the planning and delivery of programs produced by the Women’s Center, such as the Cuninggim Lecture, Women’s History Month, Work–Life Workshops, and more
  • Compile information for and design monthly e-newsletter
  • Collaborate with the Career Center on Womxn Who Work, a professional development program aimed at undergraduates
  • Update social media and AnchorLink pages
  • Support and mentor student leaders
  • Assist in developing research and programs to address needs identified by the Center
  • Represent the Center at various events and outreach activities
  • Staff the Women’s Center reception area as needed
  • Develop and/or maintain a working knowledge of feminism and current social justice topics
  • Participate in division-wide events as needed (Move-In Day and Diverse ‘Dores Day) to support colleagues and ensure these events run smoothly.
  • Other duties, as determined by the Center’s needs and GA’s interests

Supervisory Relationships:

This position reports administratively and functionally to the Assistant Director of the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center.

Education and Certifications:

  • Full-time enrollment in a graduate degree program at Vanderbilt University is required.
  • Enrollment in the M.Ed. Higher Administration Education program in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations at Peabody College is strongly preferred.

Experience and Skills:

  • A firm commitment to ethnic diversity and cultural pluralism is essential.
  • Ability to work independently is necessary.
  • High level of attention to detail is necessary.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are strongly preferred.
  • Facility with Canva (or other graphic design platform) and WordPress/Email Creator
  • Coursework or interest in gender or sexuality studies, ethnic or cultural studies, or higher education administration is preferred; experience in student affairs, intercultural work, sexuality education, or social justice programming is preferred.


The compensation for this assistantship includes an annual stipend of $11,700 paid over the 9-month period and a 66% tuition scholarship, (33% paid by the Office of the Dean of Students/Office of the Provost and 33% paid by Peabody College) paid directly to your student account. The tuition benefit is for the total minimum number of hours needed to complete your academic program.

NOTE: It is required that you apply for financial aid and request that any available work-study funding be used towards these positions.