Tri-Co Student Resource Persons (SRPs) for Summer 2013

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I am pleased to announce the process for recruiting and selecting Student Resource Persons (SRP's) for the Tri-College Equity, Identity, and Social Justice Institute for 2013. The Tri-College Institute is a five-day orientation sponsored by Swarthmore, Haverford and Bryn Mawr for first-year students. The program will consist of a series of interactive workshops and seminars led by administrators, faculty, staff and SRP's selected from the college. The workshops provide opportunities for students to engage in discussions around issues of multiculturalism, build skills for negotiating cross-cultural differences, and become agents of social change. Haverford, Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore students will reside on their home campuses and will circulate between the three colleges for workshops and activities.

All entering first-year students accepted at Swarthmore College are invited to apply. The Program is scheduled for August 21-26, 2013. SRP training will take place twice during the spring semester — Friday, April 19 at 6:00pm on one of the Tri-Co Campuses and another date TBD. SRP's will then be expected to arrive on campus Monday, August 19 for two day training and are employed full time through new student orientation.

Applicants must have sophomore status by the fall of 2013, and must be in good standing with the College. Completed application materials are due in the Dean's Office (Parrish 140) by 4:00pm Friday, March 8, 2013. Candidates must judge for themselves if they can meet the following responsibilities:

  1. The SRP is responsible for participating in all SRP training sessions; attending all workshops, events, meetings, debriefing, and preparation sessions.
  2. The SRP is responsible for mentoring students during the course of the program i.e. serves as a role model for students; is familiar with program resources in response to student questions or concerns.
  3. The SRP is expected to be a team member and serve as social director. S/he knows and is able to communicate with all program administrators; and is able to plan fun evening activities.
  4. The SRP is expected to be a co-facilitator with administrators for the various workshops held throughout the week.
  5. The SRP is expected to be familiar with the campus, including locations of meeting rooms, dining facilities, and the office of Campus Safety and Security. S/he greets students when they arrive, directs them to their room, and monitors all students for homesickness, illness, injury, and emotional well-being.
  6. The SRP is expected to be comfortable with and interested in discussing issues which are often difficult or controversial. Specifically, an SRP must be open to ideas, opinions and experiences that are different from their own.

Significant personal responsibility and commitment of time are required; one must exercise tact, initiative and sound judgment to be effective in this position. The SRP position is full time from through new student orientation on Tuesday. SRP's may not have other jobs during this time. All SRP's will receive room and board and $550 as compensation.

If you have any questions about the Student Resource Person position or the application process, please contact Dean Henry khenry1@swarthmore.edu or Betsy Durning edurnin1@swarthmore.edu in Parrish 140, extension 5744.