The Diversity Learning Assistant (previously known as Community Relations Facilitator) position requires a commitment to the principles of and action for social justice. There are 14 DLAs, one in each residence hall.

DLAs are responsible for building inclusive, overlapping and collaborative relationships between residents, UHDS staff and the campus through the development, execution, evaluation, and promotion of social justice education. This is accomplished through dialogues, bulletin boards, hall engagement, and by serving as a UHDS ambassador to campus partners who work to build a socially just campus through resources, services, and programs. DLAs are supervised by the Assistant Director for Diversity Initiatives and Programs in UHDS, and are supported in their efforts by their Resident Director and hall staff team.

DLA Compensation
  • A furnished residence hall room on the Oregon State Corvallis campus for fall, winter, and spring terms
  • A student staff meal plan
  • A monetary stipend per term

Application Process


You will need to provide a name, email address, and phone number for TWO references. Choose people who know you well and can speak to your potential ability to be a successful DLA, with focus on the minimum and preferred qualifications of the DLA position description. One of these references must be from an Oregon State University affiliate. Please do not use a parent or other family member to serve as a reference. Remember to let your references know you are listing their information should we contact them.


You will also need to have an up to date resume for your application. Please make sure you have your resume completed in a word or PDF file (.doc, .docx, .pdf). If you would like to know more about creating a resume, please contact the Career Development Center.

Essay Questions

You will be required to answer essay questions when applying for this position. Please draft your responses to the essay questions prior to beginning the application.

  1. Please describe your understanding, interest, and experience with social justice. Where are you in your identity and/or social justice development and what resources/experiences got you to this point?
  2. This position requires a balance of group work, peer support, and administrative tasks. Please include specific examples of times when you demonstrated these skills and how you will balance these multiple priorities.
  3. Please think about a time when you engaged in conversation with someone about diversity and/or social justice topic. What were the challenges and opportunities you encountered and what did you learn from that experience?

Once you have prepared a resume, references, and answers to supplemental questions, you may apply online through the Oregon State Jobs portal.



3 Ways the Career Development Center Can Help!
  1. Improve your resume. Use Oregon State’s online resume reviewer, Vmock, to get instant, personalized feedback before you submit your application to UHDS. Based on tips from Vmock, improve your resume to boost your odds of getting hired.
  2. Practice interviewing. Use an interactive video platform, Standout, to practice your interviewing skills in your own space. Hear how you sound out loud and see how you present yourself to an interviewer.
  3. Get help with other career topics in-person. The career center offers drop-ins with career assistants who can answer your questions about resumes, cover letters, Handshake, and finding a job on campus. (Available Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the school year, Kerr Administration Building.) If you have additional questions, such as about career exploration for your major, make an appointment with a college-specific career advisor through Handshake.


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Apply to be a DLA

Application Timeline
  • 2020-2021 DLA application opens Jan. 6, 2020
  • Application closes on February 2, 2020
  • First round of interviews offered by February 14 with interviews taking place February 24-28, 2020
  • DLA positions offered by March 13, 2020


For questions about the DLA position at the Corvallis campus, contact us here.