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Diversity center continues to search

On April 3, 2014

The position for the new USU Access and Diversity Center’s multicultural program coordinator remains open after months of searching.

The prior multicultural program coordinator took a position at Brigham Young University in November after working at USU for 18 months. Since then, the Access and Diversity Center has reviewed applicants and recently chose a candidate to fill the position.

After a visit to campus and due to the lack of some specific qualifications, the candidate did not receive the job.

“We want to make sure we find the very best candidate that will work well and be supportive of our students,” said Michelle Bogdan, the Access and Diversity Center director. “We realized it wasn’t the best fit, so we are starting over.”

The candidates go through a hiring committee that reviews applicants based on a scoring system, telephone interview and a formal interview. The finalists are asked to give a presentation to students based on what they will add to the Access and Diversity Center.

“It takes a really special person,” Bogdan said. “It’s very important this person wants to stay at USU long-term, since it takes a while to build that trust with students.”

The position will reopen in two weeks following the same protocol. Bogdan said the goal is to have someone selected prior to fall semester.

“I am hoping to find someone dedicated to students and their development as leaders, someone who will encourage them and develop their potential as students as well as the student organization,” said Rachel Brighton, the nontraditional and multicultural program coordinator.

The multicultural program coordinator works closely with students. Their role is to coordinate events put on by the multicultural clubs, educate campus about the challenges students may face while attending school and provide students with the resources to become successful.

“We are excited to find a new member of our team that will bring in a fresh perspective and help our office thrive,” Brighton said.

The staff is assuming all the roles and responsibilities of the empty position, she said.

Brooke Lambert, the program coordinator for LGBTQA students, said it has been difficult without the extra help. She said everyone has worked hard and has done a good job.

“I am sure the students will be excited to see someone being hired full-time,” Lambert said.

The Access and Diversity Center is looking for someone who has initiative, is flexible, has the ability to work with diverse team environments, understand student life, expresses creativity, seeks opportunities for personal growth and organizational growth, has emotional intelligence and can constructively display thoughts and feelings.

Bogdan said it has been a long process. However, she feels it is important they choose the best candidate for their students.

cass.stephens12@yahoo.com

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