Investing in the staff at the Office of Ethnic Programs and Services by recruiting, hiring, and retaining a professional who has the experience to support the growing number of Asian-identifying students and organizations.
Why is this important?
The University of Cincinnati had a record-setting enrollment with 46,798 students for the fall semester of 2020 and nearly one in four first-year students identified as minorities. In greater detail, the number of enrolled Asian students has grown from 3.1% in 2015 to 4.3% in 2019. There are currently plans to expand the university even more through the Next Lives Here program. EPS must reflect the growing diversity on campus but the office is currently understaffed and manages the Darwin T. Turner Scholars Program. UC must have a designated professional with experience in multicultural affairs to support, coordinate, and facilitate underrepresented students and organizations. This position will develop initiatives to foster an inclusive, educational, and culturally competent environment on campus. These efforts will also increase retention of marginalized students at UC
Century College in White Bear Lake, Minnesota designed a position titled “Asian American Liaison” for the college’s Multicultural Student Center. The job description describes the need for student retention of Asian American students and for creating a campus climate of access, equity, and inclusion. This position was created as an addition to the University’s current African American Liaison, Latino (Latinx) Liaison, and International Liaison.
The listed qualifications emphasize experience working with Asian American communities. A required qualification is work experience related to a collegiate setting specifically serving Asian/Asian American college students. Another requirement is being Bilingual. The position responsibilities state that the liaison will “develop and deliver activities and programs to help increase the cultural competency of college personnel and create an inclusive, positive learning experience for all students."