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CommUniverCity graduate student assistant position announcement

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  • Dayana Salazar
    CommUniverCity San José Position Announcement: Project Coordinator CommUniverCity San José is seeking a SJSU graduate student to assist with the development
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 18, 2008
      CommUniverCity San José
      Position Announcement: Project Coordinator
      CommUniverCity San José is seeking a SJSU graduate student to assist with
      the development and management of community-based projects in the Five
      Wounds/Brookwood Terrace community.
      Time base: Half time (up to 20 hours per week)
      Salary: $17.5 / hour
      Starting date: September 1, 2008
      End date: August 31, 2009.
      CommUniverCity San José is a partnership to improve community connections,
      health and education in low-income neighborhoods in central San José. The
      partnership includes the City of San José?s Strong Neighborhoods
      Initiative, The Health Trust (THT), Neighborhood Housing Services Silicon
      Valley, and other community partners. The area served is culturally
      diverse; more than 60% of residents are immigrants or children of
      immigrants and only 22.5% of households speak primarily English at home.
      CommUniverCity San José works with faculty, students and community
      partners to create and sustain meaningful course-based service-learning
      opportunities and to encourage civic engagement of students while
      increasing community connections among residents.
      The project coordinator will help to identify community assets and needs
      related to health, education and the neighborhood environment, assist with
      efforts to build community leadership and involvement, link student
      service-learners and volunteers to community collaborative efforts,
      evaluate program impacts, and carry out publicity and fundraising
      activities to sustain those efforts.
      CommUniverCity San José?s projects are based on priorities set by
      neighborhood residents. CommUniverCity San José?s goals are to create,
      support, and enrich sustainable community service-learning projects in the
      following areas:
      Education: Enrich and expand educational opportunities for residents and
      youth, encouraging a ?College-Going-Culture? throughout the community.
      Community Health: Support all aspects of the neighborhood that contribute
      to healthy environments and lifestyles.
      Neighborhood Environment: Foster a physically safe and socially connected,
      empowered community.
      The following is a sample of the type of projects the successful applicant
      will be assisting with:
      Community Planning: A yearlong project in which residents developed their
      goals for FWBT facilitated by students of Urban and Regional Planning.
      Neighborhood Walkability: A block-by-block study of pedestrian access
      relating to health issues and supplementing the community-planning project
      facilitated by students of Health Sciences and Urban and Regional
      Civic Engagement: Voter registration and a candidate forum facilitated by
      students of Political Science.
      Annual Neighborhood Public Opinion Surveys: Statistically valid surveys
      of opinions about neighborhood issues by students of Urban and Regional
      Planning and Political Science.
      College Going Culture: Workshops for parents and elementary school
      students on access to college; tutoring; supervised activities in
      elementary schools by students of Counseling, Sociology, etc. Campus
      visits for San José High Academy sophomores.
      Education: Tutoring, supervised recess activities, events for families
      and children at McKinley and Olinder Elementary Schools.
      Inquiry in Action: SJSU Chemistry students guide elementary school
      students through chemistry experiments.
      Intimate Violence Prevention Training: Workshops facilitated by
      Psychology students.
      Annual Days of Service: Primarily physical service projects completed
      each year by SJSU students, faculty and staff with local residents,
      including house painting, neighborhood and park clean-ups, mural painting,
      school projects and more.
      BART/Town Square Planning: In a series of workshops, residents develop
      their own plan for a future BART station near the Church of Five Wounds,
      facilitated by students or Urban and Regional Planning.
      Housing Initiative: Home repairs and painting by student volunteers from
      the College of Engineering.
      Renewable Energy: Energy efficiency audits and a solar power project
      facilitated by students of the College of Engineering.
      Family Health Night: Public Health and Health Science students cook and
      serve dinner for McKinley Elementary School families, and provide
      information on health issues such as oral health, lice treatment,
      preventing colds and flu, tobacco, exercise, 5-a-day, anti-smoking, and
      healthy restaurant choices.
      Required Qualifications:
      Graduate student standing at San José State University.
      Experience working in a diverse, multi-cultural setting.
      Strong organizational and time management skills.
      Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
      Self-motivation, especially when working with students and community
      Commitment to CommUniverCity?s mission.
      Leadership potential.
      Desired Qualifications:
      Bilingual in English and Spanish, Vietnamese or Portuguese.
      Experience with community planning and development.
      Knowledge of issues affecting poor communities and/or communities of
      To learn more about CommUniverCity, please visit our website at
      To Apply:
      Submit the following materials to dayana@... by
      August 15, 2008:
      Statement of intent.
      Resume or CV.
      Names and contact information (phone numbers and email addresses) for 3
      references (work and/or academic), and your permission to contact them.

      Dayana Salazar
      Executive Director
      CommUniverCity San Jose

      Professor and Chair
      Urban and Regional Planning Department
      San Jose State University
      San Jose, CA 95192-0185
      Phone: (408) 924-5854
      Fax: (408) 924-5872

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