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The Key Communities are learning communities for first year, second year, and continuing students designed to honor the identities and strengths of each student to foster students transition to and through the university.  
 
The Key Communities are one of the most diverse communities on campus, with many students identifying as a student of color and/or first-generation college students who are committed to creating and nurturing inclusive environments that welcome, value, and affirm the diverse identities of our students.  
 
The Key Communities are looking for current CSU students who will be sophomores (2nd year), juniors (3rd year), or seniors (4th year +) by fall of 2023 and who have a passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion to fulfill the role of a Key Mentor. Key Mentors must be equally committed to creating and nurturing inclusive environments that welcome, value, and affirm the diverse identities of students and staff.  
 
As a Key Mentor, you will be responsible for the following:  
 
Individual Student Outreach and Support 
  • Develop a mentoring relationship with students that is inclusive of a student’s diverse identities, strengths, and needs  
  • Meet with all (15-19) student mentees at least three times per semester, including a mid-semester Academic Progress Conference 
  • Devote time to individual check ins and follow up with student mentees based on individual needs 
  • Conduct Hall Hours in the residence halls to build community and connections to students 
  • Refer students to resources on campus specific to first-year students  
  • Respond to crisis situations based on training conducted at the beginning of the school year 
 
Cluster and Community Engagement  
  • Plan and implement inclusive cluster activities monthly in order to build community within your Key cluster 
  • Plan and facilitate Key Community’s weekly College & You Recitation during the fall semester 
  • Staff Key Communities strength-based study hours initiatives and encourage students to attend 
  • Attend and support in the implementation of signature Key Communities events such Key Connect Orientation, Spring Welcome Back, and Closing BBQ 
  • Support other community engagement initiatives hosted by the Key Communities staff 
  • Intentionally develop a sense of community and support for a diverse community of students  
  • Intentionally develop a sense of community that is inclusive and supports a diverse community of students 
 
Training and Professional Development 
Actively contribute and participate in the following trainings and meeting times:  
  • August All-Staff Training (see Important Dates Document for more information) 
  • Monthly All-Key Staff Training dates (TBD) 
  • Weekly 1:1 meeting with supervisor (Key Coordinator) 
  • Weekly group staff meetings  
  • End of Year Student Staff Closing  
 
Key Seminar Engagement 
  • Attend Key seminar (fall and spring) for your cluster weekly and support in creating an inclusive classroom environment 
  • Engage in classroom content, discussion, and activities 
  • Track student attendance and participation 
  • Meet weekly with Key seminar instructor  
  • Support instructor in the classroom as needed 
 
Administrative Tasks 
  • Learn and effectively use work-related technology, such as EAB Navigate to track student interactions and goal-setting platform 
  • Assist with the distribution of assessment surveys 
  • Prepare for cluster/community events and College & You recitations  
  • Stay up to date on email and text communications 
  • Manage own hours using Time Clock Plus system 
  • Manage time effectively in order to complete job-related tasks and responsibilities

Qualifications
  • Must be second year, junior, or senior with at least 24 credits by Fall of 2022 
  • Must have 2.5 GPA or higher – preference will be given to those with a GPA closer to 3.0 OR have an upward trend from past semesters 
  • Demonstrated commitment to, and understanding of, diversity, equity, and inclusion, including experience working in diverse settings 
  • Willingness to learn and engage in conversations about identity, inclusion, and justice  
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to facilitate group discussions 
  • Knowledge of campus resources and opportunities, in addition to having the willingness to seek out new resources for students as needed 
  • Demonstrated leadership through campus involvement or work experience  
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work in an autonomous work setting  

HR Policies and Procedures

  • Colorado State University may conduct background checks on final candidates. (MUST be included with all postings.)  
  • Employee benefit information can be found on HR’s Website at https://hr.colostate.edu/current-employees/benefits/  
  • Work study is preferred. All students hired into this role will be asked to apply for work study if not already eligible. 
  • Hourly Pay Rate: $15.00 per Hour 
  • Start Date: August 8th, 2023 

Other Important Information

Please visit the following link to fill out our Key Mentor application: https://key.lc.colostate.edu/keyapp/staffapp. You will be asked to respond to the following questions: 
 
  1. Select one aspect of the Key Mentor role. Why does this aspect interest you? 
  2. The Key Communities approaches supporting students through an asset-based approach, drawing upon their strengths and experiences. With that in mind, please describe your strengths and experiences you would bring to this position.  
  3. Please describe your understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  
  4. One aspect of this role is to connect students with resources and opportunities on campus. What resources at CSU have you used during your time on campus? How have these resources supported you? 

Please visit the following link to fill out our Key Mentor application: https://key.lc.colostate.edu/keyapp/staffapp. You will be asked to respond to the following questions: 
 
  1. Select one aspect of the Key Mentor role. Why does this aspect interest you? 
  2. The Key Communities approaches supporting students through an asset-based approach, drawing upon their strengths and experiences. With that in mind, please describe your strengths and experiences you would bring to this position.  
  3. Please describe your understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  
  4. One aspect of this role is to connect students with resources and opportunities on campus. What resources at CSU have you used during your time on campus? How have these resources supported you? 

Students interested in this position must first attend an information session – times and dates of these information sessions can be found here. Once a student has attended an information session, the application will be available. Additionally, please note the important dates required for this position which can be found here. This position starts in August of 2023, and we will have one required, paid event in the Spring (April) of 2023. All students hired will be asked to apply for work study if not already eligible.