Brown University Tribal Community Member in Residence (TCMR) 2021/22 Academic Year

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The Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative (NAISI) at Brown University seeks a Tribal Community Member in Residence (TCMR) to serve in a position that will provide culturally centered support and mentoring for Native American and Indigenous students on campus, and enrich the campus community through knowledge sharing. In addition to engagement with students, the TCMR will serve in an advisory role for NAISI-affiliated faculty and staff on critical topics such as how to deepen representation of Native and Indigenous peoples and cultures and include Indigenous epistemologies and knowledges within our curriculum, programming and activities. The TCMR will also provide guidance to NAISI and campus staff and faculty regarding the best ways to support the University’s Native community and students.   The appropriate candidate will have the experience and skills to provide culturally-based support in an academic setting to undergraduate students, in addition to serving as an advisor to graduate students and helping to foster relationships across the campus community (and beyond).   Position Description and Responsibilities:  
  • Academic-year position (mid-August through mid-June)
  • Serve as a mentor, cultural advisor and counselor to Native and Indigenous students, as well as to faculty and staff affiliated with NAISI
  • Assist with developing a mentor network involving undergraduate, graduate students, and alumni
  • Meet with students, speak in classes and meet with other campus faculty and staff according to evolving needs of the position and campus climate
  • Provide weekly drop-in and scheduled appointment sessions for students and University community members
  • Lead gatherings and workshops for students and community members
  • Residential requirement (on-campus office and residency in the Providence, R.I., area during the academic year), as well as access to online platforms to connect with students and others remotely as needed
  • Some weekend and evening hours may be required
  • Serve as an advocate for Native and Indigenous students and as a liaison between NAISI, Campus Life, Dean of the College and other offices across campus as needed
  • Participate in NAISI events (weekly NAISI Open Hours, gatherings and other events)
  • Assist NAISI staff or other offices with surveying undergraduate students and with developing an implementation plan for increased student support and retention, as well as improving campus climate and community building
  • Other responsibilities, projects and tasks as determined in collaboration with the NAISI office, Provost’s Office and NAISI Steering Committee
  Education, Experience and Qualifications:  
  • Experience working with young adults or youth in culturally-based support, education, mentoring or counseling positions
  • Demonstrated engagement and experience working with tribal/Indigenous communities
  • Experience facilitating (or participating in) workshops, focus groups and/or co-curricular (or curricular) program and activities
  • Ability to work collaboratively across units in an academic setting with a variety of individuals and groups (e.g., students, faculty and administrators)
  • BA degree in any discipline, combined with the experience noted above, or the equivalent experience in engaged practice with youth in a tribal, community and/or academic setting
  This is a one-year, grant funded position made possible through a grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the development of an undergraduate concentration in Native American and Indigenous Studies at Brown University. Over the three-year grant period, the University is expanding in the areas of teaching and course development, community engagement, student support, and programming in the area of NAIS.  Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, C.V. or resume, and any other relevant information or documentation to Rae Gould, Executive Director, NAISI at Brown University, Inquiries or requests for more information should also be directed to Dr. Gould at that email address.