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University of Wisconsin-Madison Student Navigators

Hello Badgers!

In March 2020, colleges and universities around the country began to close due to COVID-19, and thousands of students suddenly found themselves in financial, academic, and personal crisis. In response, the Student Navigator Network (SNN) was created to address students’ basic needs and economic hardship. It is a student-led, 1:1 case management program, in which specially trained college and graduate students provide virtual, personalized help to their peers.

At this time, the Student Navigator Network is expanding to assist all students in need, and is hiring Student Navigators specifically for University of Wisconsin-Madison. Services are provided via personal email, phone and videoconference, and open “office hours.” Additionally, Navigators may lead webinars on relevant topics.

Specific services provided by Navigators may include:

  • Assisting students in determining eligibility for public benefits such as Unemployment Insurance and SNAP
  • Guiding students through complex application processes for public benefits
  • Providing timely information about local, state, and federal policies or programs including eviction moratoriums, low-cost technology services, bill-paying assistance, and student loan forgiveness
  • Helping students navigate their school’s procedures for securing emergency funding or appealing financial aid packages
  • Advocating for students with various school departments, as well as service providers
  • Connecting students to local community-based programs
  • Providing emotional support

Student Navigators will work 15 hours/week and will be paid $15/hour. Students will only be eligible to apply if they qualify for Federal Work Study. Schedules will be arranged to accommodate classes and other responsibilities, but will include a minimum of three hour blocks of time as well as possible weekend work.

Applicants should be excellent communicators, and ideally have experience doing case management, or peer advising or counseling. Extra consideration will be given to students with experience:

  • Working with student groups or organizations, on or off campus
  • Leading workshops or groups, or teaching
  • Working in programs to alleviate food or housing insecurity
  • Assisting individuals in applying for public benefits programs

Navigators will receive ongoing virtual training and supervision by the [email protected] Program Manager. We encourage students of all backgrounds and abilities to apply. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so please apply as soon as possible. Please direct any questions or concerns to [email protected]

Link to application: https://studentjobs.hr.wisc.edu/cw/en-us/job/497089

HBCU Fellowship

We are hiring HBCU students to lead organizing efforts to advocate for college affordability at HBCUs and ensure HBCUs are included in the Biden administration’s free college plan.

Organizing will include but not be limited to organizing and planning Rise for Education Roundtables with HBCU students and stakeholders, organizing HBCU students to share their stories around college affordability, and outreach to congressional and statehouse offices to gain support for this campaign.

Fellows will work up to 20 hours per week and earn $15 per hour and will have a flexible schedule that they can set around other work, academic, or family obligations. This position is available to any currently enrolled HBCU student, and no previous political or organizing experience is required. Students will succeed in this role if they are ambitious, creative, and persistent.

This application is due by 11:59 PM PST on Wednesday, February 24th, 2021. We thank you in advance for your answers, and look forward to reading them! Applications will be read on a rolling basis, so please apply ASAP. Please email Mary-Pat Hector at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.

Link to application: https://secure.everyaction.com/s1LgiyWCokCZjtTbDIWQog2