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DPA Selection for 2020-2021


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

 

About the Position:

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.  DPAs serve an integral role creating a vibrant community within the residence halls..

The Diversity Peer Advisor Program (DPA) at Swarthmore College was originally proposed by a small group of students asking that there be structured 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 lead by two OSE Residential Community Coordinators  and was implemented by eight peer advisors across three residence halls. The DPA program continues to exapand and has added advisors serving in a 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.

PROGRAM MISSION
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.

GOALS OF THE PROGRAM

  • 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 residential peer leaders (RAs, SAMs, GAs).
  • Providing community connection to the Office of Student Engagement.
  • Serve as a CSA (Campus Security Authority) and Responsible Employee for the college.

ABOUT THE DPA STUDENT LEADERS
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.

Requirements to serve as a dpa:

  • Candidates must have a class standing of Sophomore, Junior or Senior for the next academic year.
  • Candidates must be willing to serve for the entire academic year; candidates who are planning to study abroad or take a leave from the college are not eligible to apply.
  • To be considered for employment and to serve in any type of Residential Peer Leader role, which includes the DPA position, students must be in and remain in good standing throughout their employment.  A student is not in good standing when the student has been found responsible for a student conduct policy violation and as a result is serving a sanction of probation, suspension, or expulsion.  In addition, students are not in good standing if they are on academic probation.  Please consult with the Student Handbook for more information about policies related to academics and student conduct.
  • Candidates (both returning and new) who are offered the position must attend the Inclusive Leadership Conference, which is held on Saturday, April 4, 2020.  It is an all-day commitment; while exact times and location are yet determined, please plan on being involved for the entire day.  Candidates who are currently abroad will not be able to attend and will be informed of additional trainings they may be required to attend. 

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. 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 upload a recent copy of their resume.  Please feel free to seek out the Career Center Office for assistance with developing your resume.  Candidates must submit their application by the deadline of Friday, February 7, 2020, 11:59 p.m. EST.  
  2. The DPA Application utilizes JobX, which will soon become the College's new Student Employment system. For more information on JobX, please visit the The link to the DPA Application is located under below.  To be able to submit your DPA Application, you will need to complete all required questions in the application.  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 upload a recent copy of their resume.  Please seek out the for assistance with developing your resume.  Candidates must submit their application by the deadline of Wednesday, March 20th, 2019, 11:59pm EST.  
  3. DPA Recommendations
    DPA Candidates are required to have two recommendations from Swarthmore community members who can strongly attest to your interest in exploring areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion, leadership, responsibility, resourcefulness, and compassion for your peers.  This could be a friend, supervisor, or professor.  This CANNOT be a current Diversity Peer Advisor, DPA Graduate Assistant, or the Director of the  Diversity Peer Advisor Program.  Recommendations are due Monday, February 10, 2020, 11:59 p.m. EST.

    The two recommendations needed are: (1) One recommendation from a current Swarthmore student and (2) the second recommendation from a faculty or staff member.  The DPA Recommendation form can be found in the "DPA Application Materials" section of this website.
  4. Participate in Interviews
    Once your application is received, you will receive an invitation via email regarding the interview process.
  5. DPA Offer Notification
    Candidates who are selected to be DPAs will be notified within the week of March 16, 2020 (March 16-20).  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 Monday, February 10, 2020, 11:59 p.m. EST)

Remuneration:

Students serving as a DPA will receive compensation comparable to the 2019-20 $2800 stipend. Compensation will be determined via the Spring 2020 College budgeting process.

Compensation for this role is considered income and is taxable.  This remuneration includes the responsibilities outlined in the DPA program position descriptions, including:  position responsibilities during the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters, Spring 2020 Training, Fall Pre-Orientation 2020 Training, 2020 Orientation Week, 2021 Winter Break Training, 2021 Spring End of Semester Procedures, and on-going in-service opportunities.

The Office of Student Engagement and/or the Dean's Office will need to verify your campus employment eligibility and work aid eligibility with the Student Employment Office and/or The Financial Aid Office. This information will not be shared publicly and is necessary for the accuracy of the selection process. Employment as a DPA will be reflected in the Financial Aid Award you receive from the College and may alter the component of the original award. Students seeking employment as a Diversity Peer Advisor may wish to be in contact directly with the Financial Aid Office with any questions related to student employment and financial aid awards.


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 a DPA, as they are a requirement of the position.  These dates and times are based on 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 4, 2020 (tentatively from 9:00am - 7:00pm)

Friday, August 14, 2020: DPAs can arrive beginning at 12 noon (note: this is the earliest time an DPA can return to campus)
Saturday, August 16, 2020: DPA Training Begins at 12 noon
Saturday, August 16, 2020 - Monday, August 24, 2020: DPA Training
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - Sunday, August 30, 2020: Orientation for New Students
Friday, August 28, 2020: Upper-Class Move In
Monday, August 31, 2020: Classes begin
Questions about the DPA Position?
If you have any questions regarding the DPA Selection Process, please contact Michelle D. Ray, Director of the Diversity Peer Advisor Program.