VI.M. Member Resources Educators Program
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit housing organization with cooperative values and the mission of serving students who would not be able to attain an education without affordable housing, we strive to create and maintain affordable, accessible, and anti-oppressive living spaces where students from various backgrounds and identities can feel safer, grow personally and collectively, and thrive in academic and extracurricular engagements. The Member Resources Educators Program seeks to achieve this by offering outstanding education to the membership on both anti-oppression and consent education.
The Member Resources Educators will be a program within the Member Resources Department that specializes on Decentralized Member Education in the BSC. The program will be comprised of by the Anti-Oppression Working Group (AWG) and Consent Working Group (CWG) who will both be responsible for educating and informing the membership on both anti-oppression and consent education in the BSC. The working groups will primarily work with unit-level officers and the Member Resources Department to develop educational curriculums appropriate for various members in the BSC. In addition, they will work with the Cooperative Experience Manager (CExM), Member Resources Supervisor (MRS), Vice President of Experience & Training (VPET), and the Experience & Training Committee (ETCom) on improving both anti-oppression and consent education in the BSC. In short, they will work both at the unit level and central level on member education and training.
1. Duties and Responsibilities of the AWG and the CWG
- a. The Anti-Oppression Working Group Chair (AWG Chair) and the Consent Working Group Chair (CWG Chair) will be supervised by the Cooperative Experience Manager (CExM). They shall work in conjunction with the CExM, MRS, and Unit-level Presidents to ensure that unit-level workshops and educational events are coordinated and executed appropriately. They will also be tasked with facilitating meetings, maintaining communication between parties, and supervising their respective working group.
- b. The AWG primary task is to provide anti-oppression education to the BSC by conducting educational events in anti-oppression to the membership, and providing themselves as resources for members in various areas of anti-oppression education.
- c. The CWG’s primary task is to provide consent education to the BSC by conducting educational events in consent to the membership, and providing themselves as resources for members in various areas of consent education.
- d. Both working groups will be required to meet to discuss a semester plan on how they achieve their duties and responsibilities. These frequency of these meeting shall be up to the discretion of the chairs and the CExM.
- e. Both working groups will be responsible for developing alternative ways of educating members on both consent and anti-oppression education. In addition, they will work with ETCom to improve member education and manager training programs in the BSC, in particular consent education and anti-oppression education.
- f. Both working groups will develop curriculums for various educational event formats such as workshops, dialogues, talks, circles, and any other formats that are both effective and appropriate for various communities in the BSC. They will work with the CExM and MRS to achieve this.
- g. Both working groups will be required to collaborate with each other on the completion of their duties and responsibilities.
2. Training of the AWG and CWG
- a. Working Group Member Training shall be held from week 9 until week 15. The incoming Working Group members will be hired earlier and learn under the guidance of current working group members by attending workshops and Working Group meetings. New and Returning Working Group Members must attend the training, but be notified in ample time to attend the training. New and Returning Working Group Members must attend one training session with the current Chair between week 9 and week 15 in which they are familiarized with the current educational model (including the current workshops) and any other information deemed vital by the current WG Chair.
- b. The BSC will provide training to Working Group Members in the following areas:
- i. General: Advanced facilitation, Conflict Resolution, BSC policies pertaining to member conduct issues and processes.
- ii. Consent Education: Consent for Trainers, Sexual Harassment Prevention, Assault Prevention, and other appropriate trainings.
- iii. Anti-Oppression Education: Anti-Oppression for Trainers, Intersectional Allyship and Advocacy, Collective Liberation, Identity-Conflict Mediation, and other appropriate trainers.
3. Composition and Compensation of the Member Resources Educators Program
- a. The Member Resources Educators Program will be comprised of two working groups, the Anti-Oppression Working Group (AWG), and the Consent Working Group (CWG).
- b. Each working group shall have (1) Working Group Chair and (7) Working Group Members with a total (8) members per working group.
- c. The finalized composition of both working groups must be finalized by week 13 of the preceding term. The CExM and an ETCom member shall have the utmost discretion on the selection of the members and chairs of both working groups.
- d. Each working group member will be compensated at the workshift rate up to 30 hours per contract period.
- e. The Working Group Chairs will be compensated at the workshift rate up to 55 hours per contract period.
- f. The specifications for Summer Session is as follows:
- i. The working group will consist of (1) Working Group Chair and (5) Working Group Members with a total of (6) Members per working group.
- ii. The Summer Consent Working Group’s main goal will be implementation of current consent education rather than development of new education.