Two graduate assistants to the Senior Advisor to the President

The position of Senior Advisor to the President of the University of British Columbia on Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence has been established with responsibilities that include advising the President on developments and strategies on anti-racism and inclusive excellence at UBC and beyond; coordinating anti-racism and related work with Senior Administrators; liaising with local racialized community groups.

The inaugural Senior Advisor, Dr. Handel Wright, is advertising two graduate assistantships designed to assist in the work involved.



Both positions will span 1st February to 30th April, 2021. Workload will be 10 hours per week. Both positions are renewable thereafter upon review of performance.


Both positions open until filled, but applications are due by Friday 22nd January, 2021 for first consideration.


Position 1Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) to the Senior Advisor.

Responsibilities include working closely with the Senior Advisor (and the GAA) on Senior Advisor work; writing up and reporting on historical and cutting edge anti-racist theorizing and praxis; conducting literature reviews, collating existing literature and research on diversity at UBC, collecting and generating data on UBC units strategies on anti-racism and inclusive excellence, contributing to design and planning of online and face-to-face academic and community events, establishing and maintaining relationships with the local racialized communities, organizations, and municipalities.

Education: Applicants must be currently enrolled in a Masters or Doctoral program at UBC. Field open but background in critical approaches in the humanities, social sciences and/or professional fields such as education and social work are an advantage.


Skills and Experience: Excellent academic and community communication skills; ability to work independently and collaboratively; theoretical knowledge and experience working on and with critical/integrative anti-racism and related discourses and praxis (e.g. critical race theory, critical multiculturalism, Indigeneity and decolonial thought, feminism, LGBTQ+ identity and queer politics and activism); knowledge of and ability to work with intersectionality; knowledge of local racialized communities and social justice organizations; knowledge of theory and practice of conducting and evaluating empirical research (quantitative and/or qualitative and/or mixed methods); knowledge of local, national and global politics of identity, representation and justice.


Position 2Graduate Academic Assistant (GAA) to the Senior Advisor.

Responsibilities include working closely with the Senior Advisor (and the GRA) to design and plan events and contributions to events and to document the work and contributions of the Advisor and others; to digitally document such contributions via the Centre of Culture, Identity & Education; to coordinate and collaborate with the administrators of various UBC websites on cross-reporting of anti-racism and inclusive excellence events and projects; to establish and maintain contacts across both campuses at UBC and racialized communities locally and beyond (nationally, internationally) re addressing issues related to anti-racism and inclusive excellence, including digital and media presence.

Education: Applicants must be currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program at UBC. Academic background is open.

Skills and Experience: Excellent academic and community communication skills; expertise in digital media and social media, including web design; experience using a wide range of social media platforms especially Twitter, Facebook and Instagram; ability to work independently and collaboratively.


PAY FOR THE FEBRUARY 1 – April 30, 2021 PERIOD (Renewable)

10 Hours Per Week

Masters Students: $3,900

Doctoral Students: $4,000



Please submit your letter of application and curriculum vitae and have letters of reference submitted to Dr. Wright by email at by deadline of 22nd January, 2021.

  • Submit your cover letter (no longer than 2 pages, as email attachment) that clearly indicates which position you are applying for, speaks to your interest in the position and indicates your related qualifications and experience and includes your contact information.
  • Include with your application an email attachment of your up to date Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Have three referees (including one community/non-academic work referee, if possible) send letters of reference directly to Dr. Handel Wright by email.


Candidates may be interviewed before final decisions are made.


Applications are strongly encouraged from graduate students who are Black, Indigenous and/or members of other visible minority groups and other groups that have been traditionally underrepresented and are marginalized on the grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code including sexual orientation, sex, gender identity or expression, disability, racialization, age, religion, marital status, or political belief.