Advocacy Opportunities

Advocacy Opportunities

Women’s Center for Gender Justice Volunteer & Federal Work Study Office Assistants: Work-Study and Volunteers assist in the creation, implementation and evaluation of events, workshops, and programming that support the mission of Women’s Center for Gender Justice. Students are the most important members of our team. We are flexible with scheduling and hours.  Join our team!

Gender Justice Advocates Program: a year-long, paid opportunity for students to learn about local and national gender justice efforts, to receive training in gender justice advocacy, and to build bridges between their academic interests and professional ambitions. Applications available mid-spring semester. Students will receive $1,000 stipend. 

Gender Justice Advocates Program Description

Gender Justice Advocates support our mission to advance knowledge of gender equity through educational programming, counseling, and activism. Advocates learn to identify underlying power structures so as to create long-term, positive change for the John Jay College community. Advocates will use a social justice framework to support the Women's Center for Gender Justice's tenets: gender equity, reproductive justice, LGBTQ rights and anti-violence education.

All Advocates are required to execute one event per semester, in addition to a year-long campaign that addresses an issue related to gender justice as they see unmet or inadequately met at John Jay College. Additionally, Gender Justice Advocates will participate in monthly site visits to local community partners to meet with leaders in gender-equity work.

The Center works with all students – undergraduate and graduate – to help them find and secure internship opportunities. We would be happy to visit your class and give a presentation to your students on how to take advantage of internship opportunities. We also host weekly sessions in our office to introduce them to internships and to register them into academic internship courses. If you are interested in any of these services, please email ksimonsen@jjay.cuny.edu.    
Minimum Qualifications
  • Open to all undergraduates
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA for sophomores and beyond
  • Enthusiasm for gender advocacy
  • Desire to learn about gender-based programs, policies and resources
  • Ability to commit to the program for one academic year and fulfill the duties as listed below  

Roles & Responsibilities
  • Participate in weekly Gender Justice Meetings 
  • Attend at least 2 site visits each semester
  • Plan and implement one event each semester that supports the WCGJ's tenets
  • Work collaboratively with the WCGJ staff to develop a year-long advocacy campaign
  • Attend a minimum of 2 events sponsored by the WCGJ each semester
  • Promote the WCGJ mission and events through outreach, tabling and social media 

A complete calendar of our events can be found online at https://jjay-cuny-csm.symplicity.com/calendar. If there is an employer information session, career fair, workshop, or other program you would like to bring your students to, please reach out and let us know.  Some faculty have even created worksheets for their students and made our events part of their course syllabus.  Our staff would be happy to work with you on this type of collaboration.

Time Commitment & Stipend

The Gender Justice Advocates Program is a year-long commitment between September and May. Gender Justice Advocates meet as a group every Tuesday during community hour, in addition to working a minimum of 5 hours per week in the Women’s Center for Gender Justice.  Apart from the mandatory Tuesday meetings, hours are flexible and may be based on an advocate’s availability. Advocates must also participate in at least 2 site visits per semester to learn about gender-equity work throughout New York City; site visits will occur on Fridays afternoons. Lastly, Gender Justice Advocates must attend 2 events sponsored by the WCGJ each semester.  

Advocates will receive a stipend of $500.00 per semester. 

We are often asked by employers for the opportunity to speak in front of classes of students, to bridge industries and academic discussions. If you would welcome a visit from an employer, please email Kristina Simonsen, ksimonsen@jjay.cuny.edu or calling her at (212) 237-8731.

Application Information

You can apply to the Gender Justice Advocates Program, 2017-2018 by visiting bit.ly/GjapApp17-18.  

Step 1: Review Application - Do you meet the minimum GPA requirement for the Gender Justice Advocates Program? Are you able to attend weekly meetings on Tuesdays during community hour, 1:40PM -2:40PM? Are you able to work 5 hours per week in the Women’s Center for Gender Justice? Can you commit to the program for the entire academic year, September 2017 – May 2018?

Step 2: Complete Application - Complete the application to the best of your knowledge. Indicate your availability for a group interview. Answer all short answer questions.

Step 3: Submit Application - Submit your completed application to the Women’s Center for Gender Justice (L.67.00) by 5:00pm on Friday, March 31, 2017. You may submit your application online at http://bit.ly/GjapApp17-18 or via email to jrobles-morales@jjay.cuny.edu.

Step 4: Professional Recommendation - Solicit a professional recommendation from someone who can accurately assess your work ethic and skill set. You may ask a professor, previous employer, advisor or mentor to write a recommendation on your behalf. Please send your recommender the following link http://bit.ly/GjapRec17-18.

Recommendations should be submitted via email to Jessica Robles-Morales, Program Manager of the Women's Center for Gender Justice at jrobles-morales@jjay.cuny.eduRecommendations are due by Monday, April 3, 2017.

Step 5: Attend Group Interview - If chosen for a group interview, the Women’s Center for Gender Justice will send you an email to confirm your attendance on the preferred date listed on your application. (We will try our best to accommodate your preference.) Group interviews will be Monday, April 24th – Friday, April 28th

Step 5: Notification of Selection - Candidates will be notified of their application status on Friday, May 5th.