Graduate student position open at the OBSD for 2020-21

by Sam del Castillo, Diversity and Outreach Peer
Thursday, May 07, 2020 10:30 AM

The Office of Black Student Development (OBSD) is seeking a​ Graduate Student Intern for 2020 - 2021.

Established in 2020, the Office of Black Student Development at UC Santa Barbara is housed within the Division of Student Affairs, under the Student Academic Support Services cluster. Through intentional partnerships with campus and community resources, the Office of Black Student Development works to ENGAGE purposefully with campus partners to support the academic, personal, and professional growth of our Black student community; DEVELOP talented student leaders who promote social change; SHARE and promote opportunities for academic research through an intentional community with academic units; and ACTIVATE the campus community to respond thoughtfully on eradicating anti-blackness policies and procedures to promote a sense of belonging. 

Under the leadership and direct supervision of the Director, the Graduate Intern for OBSD (2020-2021) will support the professional staff in their efforts to support and advocate the Black student community at the University of California, Santa Barbara, while upholding the mission of the institution and the SASS cluster.


Reports To: Director, Office of Black Student Development

Length of Graduate Internship: This position requires a commitment of 10 hours per week and the flexibility to work weeknights and weekends as necessary. The graduate intern contract year runs from late September through early June and is eligible for renewal on a yearly basis. 

Number of Available Positions: 1

Pay Rate: Stipend; $6,000.00/academic year


(30%) Program Development/Planning/Advising - Support specific department programs by developing and implementing workshops, presentations and providing information as it relates to graduate school preparation and graduate studies for the Black student body undergraduate population (i.e. "The Black AND...Series", OBSD Village Mentorship Program); Provide support for all graduate student-related programs including Graduate Restorative Retreat, Graduate Writing Workshops, and other OBSD graduate initiatives and programs.  

(25%) Program Evaluation & Assessment - In conjunction with OBSD staff support the development of department program assessment for small and large signature programs; compile & interpret data; make recommendations based on findings.

(20%) Black Student Survey & Focus Groups - In conjunction with OBSD staff, support the department in developing assessment instruments including developing questions and structure for the Black student survey and focus groups; Assist in acquiring IRB approval; Assist in collecting, evaluating and interpreting survey and focus group results; generate reports and recommend best practices that support the retention and success of Black students' experience based on findings; Contribute to dept report on the Black student experience.

(15%) Education and Advocacy - In conjunction with OBSD staff, support the facilitation of selected Anti-Blackness trainings and workshops that specifically relate to graduate intern's goals.

(10%) Outreach - Coordinate and maintain communication strategies for the Office of Black Student Development (i.e. listserv updates, social media management, Emma newsletter, and Shoreline). Assist with the Office of Black Student Development social media presence (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.). Assist in the distribution of OBSD’s weekly newsletter.  Foster relationships with campus partners and colleges to create a greater sense of community for the Black student community.


  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Full-time enrollment UCSB's Master’s or Doctoral program in Education or other related field required.
  • Available to work evenings and weekends as necessary for special events/programs.
  • Knowledge of student development theory specifically as it pertains to success strategies for historically underrepresented students - African -American students, in particular.
  • Demonstrated cultural competence in working with students from diverse backgrounds. 


  • Ability to work in a team environment and independently.
  • Ability to prioritize job tasks and responsibilities.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to reason logically, draw valid conclusions, and make appropriate recommendations. 
  • Must have the ability to interact with diverse students, families, and staff with equity and civility. 
  • General knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods and methodology preferred. 
  • Working knowledge of equity, diversity and inclusion as it pertains to higher education. 
  • Strong familiarity with Excel, Word, PowerPoint, preferred experience with online resources (i.e. Google Calendar, Documents), and survey software.
  • Ability to function well in and contribute to a professional environment that promotes teamwork, collegiality, communication and collaboration. 
  • Must maintain confidentiality in all duties assigned. 
  • Effective organization/multi-tasking skills. 
  • Ability to program various events for large groups of students, faculty/staff, alumni with diverse needs and interests. 


  • Experience in a high visibility UC Santa Barbara Campus Community Center.
  • Familiarity with UC Santa Barbara campus resources, faculty, staff, and administrators. 
  • Experience in collecting and analyzing research.
  • Opportunity for personal growth and development.
  • Rewards of making a positive impact on diversity programs and services.

To apply, please complete this form. Students can reach out to Dahlia G. Hylton, Director of OBSD, with questions. Applications are due ​by ​​Friday, May 29th, 2020.