Loyola University Maryland

Office of Human Resources

ALANA Services: Research & Retention Graduate Assistantship


The graduate assistants (GAs) for ALANA Services are expected to assist in the development and implementation of multicultural and diversity initiatives for ALANA Services and the Division of Student Development. There are three positions in our office: Leadership Development Graduate Assistant, Research & Retention Graduate Assistant, and Academic & Career Enrichment Graduate Assistant.

Graduate assistants employed by ALANA Services will enhance competencies in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Student Learning and Development
  2. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  3. Advising and Helping
  4. Teamwork and Collaboration
  5. Assessment, Evaluation and Research
  6. Professional Development and Work Ethics

Graduate students employed by ALANA Services will be held accountable for the following:

  • Assist with the development of multicultural, educational programs to serve the needs of ALANA students and the university community.
  • Assist the office with the fulfillment of 4 of its 5 target areas:

1.  Leadership Development
    •   Leadership Roundtables
    •   Leadership Training Programs
    •   Attending leadership conferences 
    •   ALANA Leadership Retreat

2.  Cultural Programming
   •   Campus wide events (cultural heritage celebration programs)
   •   Educational activities (diversity workshops, Wrap Session series)
   •   Social activities (dances and receptions)
   •   International Festival

3. Retention
   •   Multicultural Awareness Program
   •   ALANA Mentoring Program
   •   Academic Enrichment Program

4.  Resources
  •   ALANA Anthem Newsletter
  •   ALANA Display Case & Bulletin Board
  •   Career Enrichment Workshops
  •   Resource library

Facilitate diversity focus groups to assess ALANA student needs, trends, and program effectiveness. 
Fulfill specific duties as outlined under the GA focus areas – see below
Other duties as assigned



  1. Conduct him/herself with professionalism during all interactions with students, staff, and faculty of Loyola University Maryland.
  2. Demonstrate a commitment to the promotion of diversity and the education of Loyola students on issues of multiculturalism and awareness.
  3. Attend weekly one-on-one meetings with his/her supervisor.
  4. Available for night and weekend activities.
  5. Maintain office hours.
  6. Serve as a positive role model and advocate for ALANA students.

ALANA Research & Retention Graduate Assistant will:

  • Coordinate, execute and evaluate the ALANA Mentoring Program, including Monthly Mentor Meetings, social enrichment activities, and AMP Mentor selection and Training.
  • Facilitate focus groups with African American, Latino/a, Asian and Native American undergraduate students, connecting with the Office of Institutional Research for support.
  • Assist with the planning and evaluation of identity support groups (e.g. MAN2MAN and Sister to Sister)
  • Research and share with the staff current trends and best practices in higher education as needed
  • Coordinate campus-wide cultural heritage celebration programming, working with two designated ALANA organizations/celebrations on programming
    • Have monthly one on one meetings with the president of these ALANA organization
    • Meet with the executive boards as necessary
    • Meet with a representative of the executive boards in advance of their heritage celebration time period
    • Ensure completion of program evaluations
  • Work with the Leadership Development & Cultural Programming and the Academic & Career Enrichment GAs to coordinate and execute International Festival and “A Night of Stars”
  • Actively participate in the execution of the Multicultural Awareness Program (pre-orientation program) e.g. interviewing prospective Navigators, providing feedback about the program, being present during the entire program including the Navigator Training
  • Participate in weekly ALANA staff meetings and supervision meetings
  • Partner with Leadership Development & Cultural Programming GA and the Academic & Career Enrichment GA on marketing communications (e.g. ALANA Anthem Newsletter, etc.)
  • Maintain records/files in an organized manner
  • Attend and assist with ALANA sponsored events, including those on nights and weekends
  • Chaperone on-campus ALANA Club weekend parties and events as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

      Specific Duties:

  • Evaluate AMP activities, as well as the overall program with both mentors and mentees once per semester and implement needed changes/improvements
  • Maintain AMP budget on excel spreadsheet
  • Coordinate two focus groups per semester
  • Work with the Director of ALANA Services on research projects and a departmental study
  • Create a calendar of AMP events at the beginning of each semester to be shared at the Departmental Planning Day
  • Partner with the Director and Assistant Director of ALANA Services to further define the Research & Retention Graduate Assistant Position.



The GA position will be part-time, twenty hours per week, starting the first week of August and ending the third week of May. The GA will be compensated a total of $13,500; Tuition Amount $6750 and Stipend Amount $6750. The GA will work a total of 800 hours between fall & spring semesters. The GAs will be permitted to procure additional employment with the approval of the Supervisor.

In addition to the Application for Graduate Assistantship, your application should include a cover letter, resume, and a list of references. Complete applications should be emailed to:

Raven Williams, Associate Director, ALANA Services

Graduate Assistant Employment Application