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SDSU recruiting new Director for the campus Pride Center

SDSU recruiting new Director for the campus Pride Center

San Diego State University (SDSU) has posted a job opening for the Director of the Pride Center

Opened in 2014, The Pride Center creates, sustains, and strengthens an open, inclusive, safe, and affirming gathering space and campus environment for persons of all sexual and gender identities and their allies. 

SDSU has a long history that intersects with the LGBTQ community including being home to the Gay Liberation Front which organized one of the first public LGBTQ events, the 1970 "Gay In" at Presidio Park

Throughout the 1970s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s, a variety of students, faculty, staff, and alumni worked together to build resources for the large campus' LGBTQ community. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the student group that was then known as the LGBT Student Union (LGBTSU) operated a non-sanctioned student-run LGBT center in their office space in the former Aztec Center student union. 

After decades of advocacy, the school finally opened The Pride Center, which has served as hub for the campus LGBTQ community for the last 7-years. The director position recently became open due to the departure of the person previously holding the role.

The position summary, as posted by SDSU's human resources department, is below:

The Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity acknowledges and honors the inherent value and dignity of all individuals by creating and nurturing a learning and working environment that affirms and leverages our community’s diversity of traditions, heritages, perspectives, and experiences. We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusive excellence designed to facilitate the personal and professional success, growth, development, and well-being of all members of our community. We manifest this commitment through our innovative, strategic and collaborative efforts to develop leaders who believe in and lead others toward practicing civility, mutual respect, and inclusion in our workplaces and society.

In collaboration with, and under the direction of, the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity, the Director provides leadership and long-range planning for the Pride Center. The Director of the Pride Center leads innovative efforts to provide an integrated approach to identifying, developing, implementing, and evaluating programs and practices directed toward improving LGBTQIA student outreach and yield, academic success, leadership and professional development, inclusion and retention, and enrichment of the overall LQBTQIA student experience. The director provides creative leadership, strategic planning, and vision regarding the role the Pride Center plays in support of the academic and public service mission of San Diego State University. The Director of the Pride Center collaborates with the Division of Student Affairs, Division of Academic Affairs, the Division of Diversity and Innovation, students, staff, and campus/community partners to implement training, programs, and services of the Center. 

This position will represent SDSU to external community and governmental organizations.  This position will/may be called upon as a resource in responding to sensitive equity, crisis, and individualized issues as they relate to LGBTQIA students.  This position will serve as a mentor and advisor to students, and a resource to other faculty/staff positions on campus. This position will work with interns and student assistants to design and deliver programs for graduate and/or undergraduate students, and University employees to promote leadership development, equity, multicultural education, social equality, and to address the intersectionality of identities such as gender, race, religion, ethnicity, class, and ability.  This position will promote the Pride Center and raise awareness of LGBTQIA excellence and student concerns through supporting events/programs, written materials and through representation on campus-wide committees.

To view the full position description and/or to apply, click here.