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Dare to Dream Mentor

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Woodring College of Education

Position Title Dare to Dream Mentor
About the University Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department

The Woodring College of Education supports Western’s mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement.  We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

About the Position

WWU’s Dare to Dream Program is seeking to hire 14 Mentors for an Online Summer Academy for High School Aged Migrant Students to be held between July 6 – 23, 2020. Western will offer 3 academies; one in Math, one in Biology and one focused on college access in a culturally relevant way. The mentors role will be to offer social / emotional and academic / technical support to students in the academies. We will also ask mentors to take a lead in supporting first generation students to explore pathways to higher education in culturally sustainable approaches. Mentor will work with University faculty as members of the instructional teams. Dare to Dream details on the web: https://dtdwa.academy/

About Dare to Dream: Western’s Dare to Dream Academy will support up to 90 High School age students from migrant farming and fishing backgrounds to earn .5 semester credit while also exploring college access and potential careers in an approach that affirms their language, culture, families and life experiences as assets.


Mentors play a critical role in supporting high school students during Dare to Dream Academy. Essential to this role is supporting students to see how their language, culture, communities and life experiences are assets in education and in life. The mentor role includes support for students in academic academies, peer mentoring and supporting campus community involvement. Mentors help ensure that students feel safe and a sense of belonging during the online academy and help them to see themselves as future students on this and other campuses. Mentors are encouraged to talk about their own experiences as college students, academically and socially, identifying places where they find community and support to succeed. The purpose of the academies is to offer high school students insight into college life, potential careers linked to education, and resources available on campus and in schools to support them on their journey to higher education. Students earn high school credit for their participation. WWU will be hosting three academic academies: Math and Biology Academies for incoming 11th and 12th grade students and The Heroes Journey: Exploring your Future for incoming 9th and 10th grade students.

Required Qualifications
  • Understanding of the challenges faced by first generation college students
  • Passion for supporting underrepresented students in accessing to higher education
  • Comfortable leading small group discussion and one on one coaching for academic and social success
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • A self-starter with strong organization and time management skills
  • Willingness to problem solve with students to engage in online learning
  • Able to pass criminal background check
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working with immigrant / bilingual youth
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish, Mixtec or Triqui is helpful but not required.
  • Experience working with students and families from immigrant / bilingual or indigenous backgrounds
  • Lived experience in a migrant farm-working or fishing family or community
  • Familiarity with WWU campus and resources
Salary Typical starting salary is $18/hour.
Application Instructions

Required Dates and Times:
In general we ask that you are available between June 25 – July 23. Schedules are set differently by instructors in each academy (AM and PM times). You will have a schedule for training, curriculum development and mentoring once hired.

On Line Mentor Training / Curriculum Development:
Heroes Journey Academy (June 25 – July 2)
Academic Academies (June 25 – July 3)

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

In your cover letter please address the following questions: Why are you interested in being a mentor for this program? What professional and life experience do you bring to this work? What are your strengths and challenges related to the position qualifications?

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

  Position is open until filled

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); eoo@wwu.edu

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

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All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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