The University of Illinois is looking to hire an administrator that will focus on “social justice education” and multicultural advocacy.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking to fill a new administrative role to expand their “social justice education” efforts, according to a new job listing on the university website.
According to the listing, the administrator will be in charge of the Social Justice and Leadership Education team as well as the student Multicultural Advocates program.
The Program Director is a member of the Social Justice and Leadership Education (SJLE) team within Residential Life / University Housing. They are responsible for supervision of student Multicultural Advocates and assist in the creation, implementation, evaluation, and administration of both formal and informal student involvement, leadership skill development, and social justice education programs in the residence halls using a residential curriculum model.
The administrator will “serve as one of the contacts for Residential Life with various Student Affairs units responsible for social justice and leadership education efforts for students, such as the Illinois Leadership Center, Office of the Dean of Students programs, the Illini Union program staff, and the campus cultural houses and resource centers.”
The publicly-funded University of Illinois already employs 13 staffers in the school’s diversity office, which focuses on affirmative action and advancing social justice policies.
The new position seeks candidates that hold a master’s degree in a field related to higher education or diversity. The selected candidate will also be tasked with general administrative duties, such as assisting on fall move-in days and coordinating the micro-fridge program, which allows students to rent tiny refrigerators for their dorm rooms.
According to the listing, an overwhelming 24 percent of those enrolled at the university are international students. “The diversity of our campus student population currently includes 44,880 total students: 33,467 undergraduate and 11,413 graduate and professional students, 54% men, 46% women, 5% African-American, 9% Latinx, 15% Asian, .08% Native American, 3% Multiracial and 24% International,” the listing reads.