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University hires students to be 'multicultural ambassadors'

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Georgia State University plans to pay students to become “multicultural ambassadors” who will help their peers “explore the world through a more progressive perspective.”

The position, which requires students to work 12 hours per month at a rate of $100 per, asks prospective candidates to “train and educate the Georgia State University community in multicultural competence” by guiding peers through “workshops, discussion forums, and inclusive programs.”

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As such, the new hires, who will be formally referred to as “Multicultural Competence and Peer Education Ambassadors,” are required to facilitate “at least two programs per month,” among which are titles such as “Game of Oppression,” “Diversity 101,” and “Safe Zone.”

In “Game of Oppression,” participants are “broken into two groups, observers and participants” with the “object” of reaching “enlightenment.”

“Through this community building exercise, visible and invisible inequities and injustices in the American social system are brought to life. Issues of race and class are explored,” a description for the exercise adds, noting ominously but ambiguously that the “audience risk level” will be “medium to high.”

Another potential workshop, titled “Off the Wall,” explores “the prevalent use of stereotypes in daily conversations,” while addressing “how these stereotypes influence individuals on an ongoing basis.”

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“In addition, the workshop provides participants with opportunities to begin learning how to identify and counteract stereotypes embedded in all facets of current social systems,” a description for the workshop explains.

Finally, the multicultural ambassadors will be responsible for conducting “cultural competence” focus groups with the intent of assessing a university “class and/or department” for ways of improving its “cultural competence.”

Dean of Students Darryl Holloman told Campus Reform that the university will hire six ambassadors each at a rate of $100 per month, meaning that if the school keeps the program operating continuously the annual expense would come to $7,200, more than enough to cover the combined cost of in-state tuition, student fees, and books for one student.

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