DPA Selection for 2018-2019

About the Position
How to Apply
DPA Application Materials
Important Dates for DPA Candidates


About the Position:

The Diversity Peer Advisor Program (DPA) at Swarthmore College was originally proposed by a small group of students asking that there be structures avenues for dialogue on issues of power, privilege, and oppression. Modeled after similar programs at Bryn Mawr College and the University of Michigan, the program officially launched in Fall 2015 with eight peer advisors across three residence halls. In the 2017 -2018 academic year, the DPA program expanded to 17 advisors serving in the majority of campus residence halls. DPAs strive to cultivate student dialogue, student group diversity connections, and campus cultural center collaborations throughout the overall residential system.

Diversity Peer Advisors are student leaders who contribute to the goal of an inclusive campus community by educating about and promoting awareness of diversity and social justice.


  • Serve as a resource for students who are targeted and/or marginalized on the basis of identity and social memberships.
  • Expand the notion of what it means to be diverse and inclusive.
  • Promote multi-partiality to interrupt the dominant narratives.
  • Educate the campus community, disrupt the culture, and enhance the climate around power and privilege.
  • Build intergroup dialogue skill-sets.

DPAs are selected sophomores, juniors, and seniors students who serve in the residence halls. DPAs offer programming, guidance, and support around topics of diversity, inclusion, and social justice.  Some of the main day-to-day responsibilities of the DPAs are:

  • Developing and leading diversity-based conversations in the assigned residential community
  • Collaborating on programmatic and discussion-based opportunities with other DPAs as well as other peer leaders (RAs, SAMs, GAs)
  • Providing administrative support the Office of Student Engagement via weekly shifts 
  • Serve as a CSA (Campus Security Authority) and Required Reporter for the college

How to Apply:

Candidates will need to complete the following steps to successfully apply for the position:

  1. Apply for Position
    The DPA Application utilizes JobX, which will soon become the College's new Student Employment system. For more information on JobX, please visit the JobX and Student Employment page. The link to the DPA Application is located under "DPA Application Materials," below.  To be able to submit your DPA Application, you will need to complete all required questions in the application.  Additionally, the application requires each candidate to complete and submit the "DPA Short Answer Supplemental", which is a word document that contains a collection of short-answer questions pertaining to the position.  This document is available for candidates to download within the "DPA Selection Materials" section of this website.  Once candidates complete the supplemental, they will "attach" it to their formal application in JobX.  Candidates must submit their application by the deadline of Monday, March 5, 2018 11:59pm EST.
  2. DPA Recommendations
    DPA Candidates are required to have two recommendations from Swarthmore community members who can strongly attest to your leadership, responsibility, resourcefulness, and compassion for your peers.  This could be a friend, co-worker, supervisor, or professor.  This CANNOT be a current Diversity Peer Advisor or the Interim Director, Diversity Peer Advisor Program.  Recommendations are due Wednesday, March 7, 11:59pm EST.
    The two recommendations needed are: (1) One recommendation from a current Swarthmore student and (2) the second recommendation from a faculty/staff member.  The DPA Recommendation form can be found in the "DPA Application Materials" section of this website.
  3. Participate in Interviews
    Once your application is received, the Interim Director, Diversity Peer Advisor Program, will be in touch with you via email regarding the interview process.
  4. DPA Offer Notification
    Candidates who are selected to be DPAs will be notified within the last week of March (March 25-30).  Candidates who are offered the DPA position will also learn of their community placement in their offer letter.  Individual floor placements will be determined over the Summer.


DPA Application Materials:

DPA Application via JobX Student Employment Portal 
JobX Instructions
DPA Recommendation Form (due Wednesday, March 7, 11:59pm EST)
DPA Application Short Answer Supplemental


For the 2018 - 2019 academic year, students serving as a DPA will receive a stipend in the amount of $2,800. This stipend will be disbursed once in September and once in January, evenly split between the two semesters. This stipend is considered income and is taxable.  This remuneration includes the responsibilities outlined in the program position descriptions, including: weekly duties during the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters,  Spring 2018 Training, Fall Pre-Orientation 2018 Training, 2018 Orientation Week, 2019 Winter Break Training, 2019 Spring End of Semester Procedures, and on-going in-service opportunities.

Important Dates for DPA Candidates:

The following are tentative dates and times of required trainings that candidates selected as DPAs must attend.  If you cannot fully attend these trainings, you cannot serve as an DPA, as they are a requirement of the position.  These dates and times are based off of last year's required trainings.  These dates and times will be finalized at a later time and will be communicated in a timely fashion to all candidates who are offered positions.  We ask that you do not finalize travel plans until you receive confirmed dates of trainings, specifically Fall DPA Training:

Tentative Dates:

Spring Peer Leader Inclusive Leadership Conference:
Saturday, April 7 (tentatively from 9:00am - 7:00pm)

Fall RA Training:

Saturday, August 18th: DPAs can begin returning to campus at 12PM
Sunday, August 19th: DPA Training Begins at 9:00am

Sunday, August 19 - Monday, August 27: DPA Training
Tuesday, August 28 - Sunday, September 2: Orientation for New Students
Friday, August 31: Upper-Class Move In

Fall Closing:
Saturday, December 22: Residence Halls Close for Fall Semester - DPAs should plan to depart from campus on the 22nd

Winter DPA Training:
Saturday, January 19: DPA Winter Training Begins promptly at Noon
Saturday, January 19 - Sunday, January 20: Winter DPA Training (all-day)
Saturday, January 19: All students can return to campus at Noon

Questions about the DPA Position?

If you have any questions regarding the DPA Selection Process, please contact Sha Duncan-Smith, Associate Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, & Community Development and Interim Director, Diversity Peer Advisor Program.