The Chan Fellows Graduate Student Facilitator coordinates aspects of the Lingnan W.T. Chan Fellows Program with the Public Service Center and the office of Asian Pacific American Student Development (APASD) at UC Berkeley. Through this position, the Graduate Student Facilitator will develop first-hand knowledge of service- learning pedagogy, Asian American and Asian International cross-cultural engagement, and gain hands-on experience leading transformative educational experiences in a university environment.
Lingnan W.T. Chan Fellows Program Overview
The Lingnan W.T. Chan Fellowship is a 5-½ month program that invites six undergraduate and graduate students from China to the United States for a significant intercultural service-learning experience. Fellows intern at nonprofit organizations that advocate for marginalized communities in the East Bay as well as live with local families. In order to create a dynamic and educational experience for the fellows, the program at UC Berkeley includes a comprehensive orientation, community- based service internships, and academic seminar culminating with a project proposal, educational excursion, weekly reflections, the option of auditing courses, and cultural activities. To date, 66 fellows have provided more than 31,680 hours of service with non-profit organizations in the Bay Area.
The Public Service Center
The Public Service Center began hosting W.T. Chan Fellows in 2004 in partnership with the Lingnan Foundation. Founded in 1967 by students, the UC Berkeley Public Service Center (previously called Cal Corps) is the University’s Public Service Center. The Center partners with off campus communities, student leaders and faculty to engage over 4,000 students each year as volunteers, and with jobs, internships, and courses. The Center connects ideas, resources, and people to act for social justice, build healthy communities, and foster life-long commitments to public service.
Asian Pacific American Student Development (APASD)
In 2016, the Asian Pacific American Student Development (APASD) was brought on as a partner to the Public Service Center on the Lingnan W.T. Chan Fellows program to deepen a cross cultural learning and exploration of Asian American identity by providing opportunities for the fellows and APASD students to interact through structured and unstructured activities including Bay Area educational excursions at significant locations of importance to Asian American history, seminar activities, and unstructured team building activities. APASD strives to support Asian American and Pacific Islander, Pilipinx, and South Asian, Southwest Asian and North African (AAPI/PIL/SSWANA) student communities through serving as a campus resource on AAPI issues, providing student development opportunities, promoting multiculturalism and social justice, promoting student empowerment and self-esteem, promoting retention and addressing underrepresentation, and sponsoring a diverse set of events, projects, programs, and activities.
Roles and Responsibilities
Reporting to the Public Service Center’s Government and Civil Society Program Manager, work with another Graduate Student Facilitator to develop an educational program that allows the Chan Fellows to reflect on their internship, homestay, and overall experience of their cultural immersive exchange experience through seminar and educational excursion. The GSF plans and facilitate weekly seminar for 6 visiting fellows from China in the fall and spearheads the development, execution, and evaluation of cultural excursions and intercultural (Asian and Asian American) social events on and off campus. Specific duties include, but not limited to:
- Educational Excursions related to Asian American history (in collaboration with APASD):
- Identify, research, and plan 2 excursions related to exploring Asian American identity, history, and/or issues, including all communication with excursion sites, transportation, educational learning materials, facilitated discussions/reflection, logistics, food, etc.
- Plan one intercultural social event for fellows and current UCB Asian American students, including logistics, activities, food, etc.
- Coordinate schedules for excursions and socials between Chan Fellows, APASD interns, and Asian Pacific American Theme House students
- Weekly Seminar Planning:
- Plan and Facilitate Project Proposal Content
- Plan and Facilitate topics for weekly seminar in Fall 2018
- Be available for seminar for a 5 hour time block one day per week (day of the week will be determined based on GSF and Program Manager schedule)
- Coordinate site visits as part of weekly seminar to internship sites
- Coach fellows through challenges they experience at internship site, homestay, navigating a cultural immersive experience
- Assist fellows with developing strong final project proposals (plans of action) and final presentation at the Chan Final Reception through 1:1 coaching, reviewing and revising proposal components, etc.
- Read, comment, and coach fellows on their written reflections, project proposal, final reception, and final reflection
- Attend and co-facilitate 4 hour weekly seminar and planning meeting (note: day of the week and time of the week will be determined upon position being filled)
- Event Planning:
- Coordinate and facilitate components of fellows’ Orientation Week in August 2018, as needed
- Coordinate components of fellow’s Final Reception Celebration in December 2018, as needed
- Collect and analyze pre- and post- experience surveys and develop into program report
- 1:1 check-in weekly with supervisor
- Other duties as assigned
Currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program at an accredited institution of higher education in the field of education, student affairs, psychology, counseling, and/or a related field
- Demonstrated interest in engaged learning, community-based education, and/or international exchange programs
- Ability to guide group and individual student reflection
- Ability to work across differences
- Strong facilitation and guided discussion skills
- Strong program design and individual development skills
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Strong event and program planning experience
- Sensitivity to issues faced by international students, and respectful of cultural diversity
- Detail orientated
- Effective time management
- Knowledge and understanding of power, privilege, and oppression
- Knowledge and understanding of Asian American issues, history, current events, and experiences (particularly to Bay Area)
- Ph.D. candidates
- Experience in nonprofit sector
- Experience working with and knowledge of international students need
Graduate Interns are hired as part-time hourly employees of UC Berkeley and are assigned project-based work that requires approximately 10 hours per week from mid-July 2018 – January 2019. The GSF’s compensation is $25 per hour.
Submit a resume and letter of interest summarizing qualifications and relevant experience to Muttika Chaturabul, firstname.lastname@example.org. First review date of this position is June 20, 2018.
For questions, contact Muttika Chaturabul, UC Berkeley Public Service Center Program Manager, or (510) 642-5429.