University seeks coordinator to investigate bias on campus

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The University of Michigan is going beyond so-called safe spaces and actually policing incidents of “bias,” as they seek to hire someone who can intervene for and support “targeted” people.

On the school’s “Careers” web page, a listing for a “Bias Incident Prevention and Response Coordinator” (BIPR) is posted as a full-time position, with a salary range of  $46,000 – $57,000. The BIPR Coordinator will report to the assistant dean of students and will lead an entire “Bias Response Team.”

A summary of the position says the BIPR coordinator will be directly involved with both students of concern and those “in crisis.” The right candidate will “support students experiencing bias and challenges associated with campus climate.”

The responsibilities associated with the position are estimated to include “Bias Incident Response Efforts (40%),”Bias Prevention Efforts and Expect Respect Initiatives (25%),” “Critical Incident Case Management (25%),” “General Administrative Responsibilities (10%).”

The Bias incident reports will be reviewed and investigated, according to the posting, and the “diverse team of Student Life and campus partners” will provide support to bias targets. The position calls for the hired individual to be an advocate who helps students develop an understanding of the reporting process, as well as help them navigate it.

The BIPR coordinator “partners with other campus and divisional social justice initiatives,” and “enacts cultural appropriation prevention initiatives.” They are also asked to develop and maintain a “strong working relationships with identity-based student organizations.”

In the case of a “critical incident,” the BIPR coordinator will have an “effective intervention” plan, coordinating resources “to meet student health, academic, financial, housing, social, and other needs.” In addition, they will provide that safe space, and “offer compassion, support, and guidance” to the students.

The position requires either a Master’s Degree or relevant experience for one to three years, as well as the ability to work “unpredictable” hours, as they are required to respond to “the emergent needs of students and the campus community.”

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