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First Year Advising Center

North Foundation Hall, Room 121
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-3227
FYAC@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays with extended hours 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Winter 2020 Open Drop-In Hours:
Mon: 10 a.m. - noon
Wed: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Thur: noon - 2 p.m.

Orientation & New Student Programs
North Foundation Hall, Room 105
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(248) 370-GOLD
gold@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays with extended hours 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

First Year Advising Center

North Foundation Hall, Room 121
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-3227
FYAC@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays with extended hours 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Winter 2020 Open Drop-In Hours:
Mon: 10 a.m. - noon
Wed: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Thur: noon - 2 p.m.

Orientation & New Student Programs
North Foundation Hall, Room 105
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(248) 370-GOLD
gold@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays with extended hours 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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Student Leader Recruitment

Student Leader Recruitment is the joint effort of  Orientation and New Student Programs (ONSP), the  Center of Multicultural Initiatives (CMI) and the Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC). The goal of Student Leader Recruitment is to streamline three recruiting and hiring processes into one simple procedure for students interested in attaining leadership positions within ONSP, CMI and GSC. If you are interested in becoming an Orientation Group Leader, Gender and Sexuality Center Peer Educator or Mentor, CMI Peer Mentor, CORE Ambassador or Success Coach you'll only have to apply once using the steps below. 
Position descriptions
CMI Peer Mentor
CMI Peer Mentors provide guidance and model academic and social success to their mentees and to the campus community. They meet weekly on a one-on-one basis with CMI scholarship recipients to assess and monitor academic and social progress.

Position Qualifications:
  • Must be enrolled at OU full time
  • Must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Must be in good disciplinary standing with the university and residence halls
  • Must be in sophomore standing by fall 2020
  • Must have the ability to perform responsibly in a leadership role
  • Must have solid interpersonal skills
  • Must be a positive role model
Compensation and Contract Commitments:
  • One full week of training during summer 2020
  • CMI Early Experience sessions end of August/beginning of September 2020
  • Represent CMI office at orientations and other university events
  • Work up to 8 hours bi-weekly during the 2020-21 academic school year
  • Compensation starts at $9.65/hour
  • Attend paraprofessional training sessions throughout the academic year
  • CMI Peer mentors can only take Summer I courses
Orientation Group Leader
Orientation Group Leaders (OGLs) guide groups of students and guests through the orientation experience. OGLs assist with student advising and registration, facilitate small group discussions, and create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for new students and parents.

Position Qualifications:
  • Must have a minimum of a 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Must be in good disciplinary standing with the university and residence halls
  • Must be in sophomore standing by fall 2020
Compensation and Contract Commitments:
  • Four month contract beginning in late April through the first week of classes in fall 2020
  • Limited hours during month of July
  • Room in residence halls
  • Compensation is $9.65/hour
  • Meals at all New Student Orientation programs
  • Leadership training in May from 8-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • Orientation Group Leaders can only take Summer II courses
Success Coaches
Success Coaches assist conditionally admitted Emerging Scholar students with the transition from high school to college. Coaches meet with each assigned student once per week on a one-on-one basis to discuss relevant topics for success. Support also includes, but is not limited to, attendance at a weekly COM 1100 course with assigned student, as well as providing guidance and modeling academic and social success to their mentees and to the campus community. 

Position Qualifications:
  • Must be enrolled at OU full time
  • Must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Must be in good disciplinary standing with the university and residence halls
  • Must be in sophomore standing by fall 2020
  • Must have the ability to perform responsibly in a leadership role
  • Must have solid interpersonal skills
  • Must be a positive role model
Compensation and Contract Commitments:
  • Attend training sessions end of April 2020 and August 2020
  • Attend Welcome event for Emerging Scholar students in May 2020
  • Attend Meet & Greet event for Emerging Scholars in August 2020
  • Work 8 hours weekly during Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 
  • Compensation is $9.65/hour
  • Attend paraprofessional training sessions throughout the academic year
CMI CORE Ambassador
CMI CORE Ambassadors meet weekly in one-on-one sessions with program participants to assess and monitor academic and social progress. Ambassadors provide program participants with information about classes, support services, academic programs and counseling.

Position Qualifications:
  • Must be enrolled at OU full-time
  • Must have a minimum of a 2.65 cumulative GPA
  • Must be in good disciplinary standing with the university and residence halls
  • Must be in sophomore standing by fall 2020
  • Must be involved in the campus community
  • Must have solid interpersonal skills
Compensation and Contract Commitments:
  • One full week of training during summer 2020
  • CMI Early Experience sessions end of August/beginning of September 2020
  • One week of work during summer 2020 supporting Summer Bridge
  • Work up to 8 hours bi-weekly during the 2020-21 academic school year
  • Compensation starts at $9.65/hour
  • Represent CMI office at university events
  • CMI CORE Ambassadors can only take Summer I courses
Gender and Sexuality Center Peer Educator

As a Peer Educator for the GSC, you will play a significant role in the support and retention of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and ally (LGBTQIA) students in addition to the peer-led workshops and trainings you will be planning and facilitating. You will commit to doing at least 3-5, 30-90 minute workshops for the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 semesters. This will include organizing workshops and tailoring your facilitation to fit the audience that requests said workshop. Workshops may explore: navigating the gender binary, a coming out panel, gender and sexuality mapping, queer sex ed, pronouns, asexuality, and many more. 

Position Qualifications:
  • Must be available to attend; summer training in May, refresher training in January, and mandatory monthly all-staff meetings
  • Strong organization and time management skills
  • Must have a cumulative and semester GPA of 3.0
Preferred Skills:
  • Prior workshop or presentation facilitation experience
  • Experience developing educational curriculum
  • Knowledge about LGBTQIA+ topics surrounding intersectional identities, race and class, and issues on OU’s campus 
  • Knowledge about social justice concepts like social identity, power, privilege, and oppression

Anticipated Hours:

  • 5-15 hours a week

Additional Details:

You will be expected to attend bi-weekly meetings with all other peer educators and the GSC Coordinator and/or Graduate Assistant, where you will have the opportunity to get to know one another, practice facilitation, prepare for upcoming workshops and engage in workshop/training brainstorming and planning. 

It is required that you maintain regular contact with the Coordinator of the GSC and other peer educators via bi-weekly one on ones, GroupMe, email, and/or other forms of communication. You will also be expected to participate and create pre and post assessment surveys. 

Anticipate other duties as assigned. You will be required to attend and support the Gender & Sexuality Center at at least two of our events a semester. You may be expected to table, and participate in other forms of outreach for the GSC or the Peer Educator Program. 

Gender and Sexuality Center Peer Mentor

As a Peer Mentor for the GSC, you will play a significant role in the support and retention of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and ally (LGBTQIA) students in addition to the one-on-one mentoring relationships you will be a part of. You will commit to helping plan and/or facilitate at least one Serving Up Knowledge Session and one Q*mmunity Discussion & Support Group meeting a semester. 

Position Qualifications:
  • Have 28 credits or more by Fall 2020
  • Must be available to attend; mandatory team meeting in March 2020 (date TBD), summer training in May 2020, refresher training in January 2021, and mandatory monthly all-staff meetings
  • Meet once a week with mentee(s)
  • Meet once a month with the Coordinator of the Gender & Sexuality Center
  • Must have a cumulative and semester GPA of 3.0
  • Attend and support the Gender & Sexuality Center at at least two of our events a semester
  • Strong organization and time management skills
  • Be a positive role model
Preferred Skills:
  • Have the ability to perform responsibly in a leadership role
  • Have solid interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge about LGBTQIA+ topics 

Anticipated Hours:

  • 5-10 hours a week

Additional Details:

You will be expected to attend monthly meetings with the GSC Coordinator and/or Graduate Assistant, where you will have the opportunity to get to know one another, discuss mentee concerns and successes, and prepare for any upcoming sessions you are helping with.  

It is required that you maintain regular contact with the Coordinator of the GSC via bi-weekly one on ones, GroupMe, email, and/or other forms of communication. Anticipate other duties as assigned. You may be expected to table, and participate in other forms of outreach for the GSC or the Peer Educator Program. 

Recruitment Process

The student leader recruitment process begins each November. There are four general steps for students that are interested in applying:

  1. Optional, but recommended: The Recruitment Fair highlights important student leadership positions in offices around campus. Come learn more about working on campus and what to expect from the process. Attendance is optional, but recommended. Details below:

    Student Leader Recruitment Fair
    When: November 13 | 11:30 am - 1 pm
    Where: Oakland Center, The Habitat

  2. Required: Info Shares for each type of position take place so students can learn specifically what they'll be doing in each job and openly ask questions to the leadership for each position. Attending an info session is required. See details below for dates, times and locations of upcoming info shares:

    November 19 | 3 - 4 pm
    Oakland Center, Ambassador Room AB

    December 4 | noon - 1 pm
    Oakland Center, Ambassador Room AB

    January 9 | 5 - 6 pm
    Oakland Center, Lake Huron Room

    January 21 | noon - 1 pm
    Oakland Center, Lake Huron Room

  3. Required: To apply, fill out the Student Leader Recruitment online application. The application deadline is January 24, 2020 at 5 pm. 

  4. Required (if selected): If you are selected to move forward in the application process, the next step is to attend the Group Process. Details for the Group Process will be outlined upon selection for this stage.*

* After Group Process, CMI, GSC and ONSP will move forward in their interview and selection processes separately.

FAQ
Can I work in more than one position?
Yes. Students can hold multiple positions, but only one position in each department.

For example, students can be an OGL, Success Coach and CMI Peer Mentor. Students cannot be both a CMI Peer Mentor and CMI CORE Ambassador.
What positions run during the summer months and which are during the school year?
  • The Orientation Group Leader positions are summer positions running between May and August.
  • CMI Peer Mentor, CMI CORE Ambassador, and Success Coach positions run during the fall and winter semesters.
How many position openings are available for each?
There are approximately 10 CMI Peer Mentor, 10 CORE Ambassador, 21 Orientation Group Leader, 10 Success Coach, up to 3 GSC Peer Mentor, and up to 3 GSC Peer Educator positions available.  

*Note: the number of positions available is an estimation. A more accurate count of position openings will be available later in the application process.
What are the position GPA requirements?
  • CMI Peer Mentor - requires a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Orientation Group Leader - require a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA as of the end of fall semester 2019
  • CMI CORE Ambassador - requires a minimum of a 2.65 cumulative GPA
  • Success Coach - requires a minimum if 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • GSC Peer Mentor and Peer Educator - requires a minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA
What is the interview process?
Interested students must first attend an Info Share to learn about the various positions, pay rates and the application process. Students may then fill out the online application. One application will be used to apply for multiple positions.

Once the applications have been reviewed, a limited number of students will be called back for a large group interview. From there, the applicants will participate in individual interviews and further group sessions with either the Center for Multicultural Initiatives, Gender and Sexuality Center, and Orientation and New Student Programs.
Can I take classes and work at the same time? (How many credits do I need to take to be eligible?)
Since the Orientation Group Leader positions are full-time positions between May and August, students cannot take classes during Summer Session I, but are allowed to take one class during Summer Session II. CMI and Success Coach positions require students to be a full-time OU student while employed.
What if I cannot attend an Info Share?
If you cannot attend an Info Share, please contact the appropriate office that presides over the position you wish to apply to. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
What should I wear to the Group Process?
Showcase your OU Spirit by wearing OU gear! Please dress comfortably and in casual attire. You will be moving around.
What should I wear to the interview?
Please remember that this is a formal interview, therefore business casual attire is appropriate. Although we appreciate and value school spirit, OU attire is not required or necessary.
I have a question about one of the positions, who should I contact?
For questions about the Peer Mentor or CORE ambassador positions, visit the Center for Multicultural Initiatives in North Foundation Hall, Room 104 or contact them by phone at (248) 370-4404 or email, cmi@oakland.edu.

For questions about the Orientation Group Leader position, visit Orientation & New Student Programs in North Foundation Hall, Room 105 or contact them by phone at (248) 370-4653 or email, gold@oakland.edu.

For questions about the Peer Educator and Peer Mentor positions, visit the Gender and Sexuality Center in Oakland Center, Room 47 or contact them by phone at (248) 370-4336 or email,  gsc@oakland.edu.
How can I prepare for the interview?
Career Services offers a variety of resources to help you stand out amongst other candidates, such as assistance with your resume and tips for your interview.
Apply Now
To apply, fill out  the Student Leader Recruitment online application . The application deadline is January 24, 2020 at 5 pm.
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