PAID OPPORTUNITY: AIFA CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES PROGRAM

Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 4th, 2021, 11:59pm 

INTRODUCTION

Anti-Oppression and Intersectionality in the Fine Arts (AIFA) was born out of FASA’s Anti-Oppression Pilot Program, and is here to stay!  AIFA is an organization for the community and by the community; as such AIFA requires your perspectives on topics you would like discussed and/or addressed vis-a-vis institutional racism and more broadly, systemic oppression.  

Your input for the AIFA Critical Perspectives Program will inform the actions that we will undertake. With a better understanding of our community’s issues, concerns, and experiences involving systemic barriers, AIFA can demand structural changes and hold entities at Concordia accountable in a way that best reflects your interests and well-being! In identifying the problems vulnerable members of our community face, we can work towards remedying them in order to ensure a safer and more inclusive environment for all. AIFA will compile all the student input received and use it to create a public action plan to which AIFA and FASA will remain accountable. 

CONTRIBUTORS 

Contributors to the AIFA Critical Perspectives Program must complete the online form, wherein they can compile their thoughts, reflections and/or critiques relating to (but not necessarily limited to) Concordia as an institution, their department(s), faculty, classes, pedagogical structures and approaches, initiatives under FASA, and/or the fine arts community at large. Your contribution can take the form of a bullet-point list, a rant or an essay’s abstract. Whatever works for you!

You do not need to disclose personal details in your contribution, as we recognize how mentally and affectively laborious this process can be. What’s most important is the kinds of questions and insights you have; the kind of community you want to see and belong to; the kinds of problems you have encountered that require action; etc. 

AIFA and FASA will protect the identity of all contributors, and will review all contributions anonymously. Contributors are asked to indicate if they consent to be credited for their contribution or if they prefer to remain anonymous. 

This program aims to offer financial support to Fine Arts students from marginalized communities, particularly racialized students who have expressed that Concordia ought to initiate more opportunities for funding specifically for BIPOC students. In recognition of this, honoraria are available for contributors to the AIFA Critical Perspectives Program from underrepresented communities, such as (but not limited to) Black, Indigenous and Afro-Indigenous folks. The goal is not only to uplift your voices, but to show up and answer to your needs while redistributing some wealth as reparations. 

Please note that the honoraria act as a way to encourage the voices of marginalized communities in a way that compensates them.  As such, if you would like to contribute without being compensated, please do! If you qualify for the honoraria but recognize that you are financially stable enough to do without the compensation, please indicate this in your application as an act of solidarity!

ELIGIBILITY FOR HONORARIUM

AIFA has a budget of 2,000$ that will be distributed as honoraria between eligible* applicants. In order to ensure at least 100$ to said applicants, AIFA will cap the number of recipients at 20. In the event that there are less than 20 eligible applicants, the total will be divided by the number of eligible applicants. Should we meet the cap of 20 recipients prior to the deadline of August 4th, then we will edit the form indicating that all honoraria have been claimed.

Each honorarium recipient must respect the following stipulations to qualify: 

  1. You are enrolled in an undergraduate Fine Arts program at Concordia University (a Major, Specialization, or a Minor).
  2. You belong to any marginalized and/or under-represented groups, including, but not limited to, Black students, Indigenous students, students of colour, and students with disabilities. 
    1. This is in compliance with FASA’s employment equity policy. Additionally, if you are not a member of any of the aforementioned communities but would like to be considered for the honorarium, you can indicate this in your application and are welcome to briefly describe in what way you see your perspective(s) underrepresented within Fine Arts student organizations.

You are welcome to submit a short form/preliminary version of what you would like to write, then once you know if you will receive an honorarium, you can elaborate on your submission, or not. 

APPLICATION

In order to apply, please complete this form  by Wednesday, August 4th at 11:59 PM: https://forms.gle/PtjZtcFmcqNxYvxb7

JOB CALLOUT: ANTI-OPPRESSION AND INTERSECTIONALITY IN THE FINE ARTS (AIFA) COORDINATOR

DEADLINE: Sunday, August 8th 2021 at 11:59pm

EMPLOYMENT PERIOD:

End of August 2021 – June* 2022 (inclusive)

*can be subject to change depending on the situation AIFA and/or FASA finds itself in during summer 2022 where the successful candidate may appeal to extend their contract if need be. 

COMPENSATION:

$15.50 per hour

HOURS:

12 hours/week during the Fall and Winter semesters; Summer semester hours are flexible, usually around 8 hours per week. For the time being and until further notice from Concordia administration, work will be done remotely.

APPLICATION:

Submit your application by filling out this form: https://forms.gle/41BWMPHamGKQujm36

You will be asked five long answer questions. CVs will not be required.

INTERVIEW:

  • Interviews will be held on Tuesday, August 17th or Wednesday the 18th via video call. 
  • Interviews will be conducted by tina (they/he/iel) and Damien (she/her/elle) in English or French. 
  • Interview questions will be sent to interviewees at least 24 hours prior to the interview.
  • All applicants, regardless of if they are selected for an interview, will be contacted.
  • Applicants who are not hired will be added to a FASA candidate bank and if they were interviewed, can ask for feedback regarding their interview. 

ACCESSIBILITY:

Please note that this position requires access to a computer and reliable internet connection while working remotely. If this presents a barrier to any applicant, FASA will do our best to source a computer or otherwise accommodate. If you have questions or concerns related to accessibility (or anything else), please email tina at fasa.antioppression@gmail.com !

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Identify and respond to the community’s needs;
  • Manage AIFA’s budget and finances according to its projects;
  • Organize fundraising opportunities and apply for grants;
  • Draft project proposals and present them; 
  • Update the fine arts community at large on student issues, actions, and AIFA activities; 
  • Organize AIFA Committee meetings and collaborate with its members;
  • Facilitating communications between AIFA and other entities, such as FASA, Concordia and the fine arts community; 
  • Work in close collaboration with all the other FASA coordinators, which involves tasking them with projects that AIFA has democratically decided was necessary in order to ameliorate student experiences and student life;
  • Meet with FASA Coordinators upon request;
  • Follow internal policies and regulations;
  • Other related duties as agreed upon with the Coordinator Committee as well as AIFA’s Committee.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Enrollment in a Concordia Fine Arts undergraduate program;
  • Propensity for accountability and constructive feedback;
  • Excellent communication skills and team spirit (regularly providing updates and checking-in with colleagues via emails, meetings, etc);
  • Developing original ideas and implementing solution-oriented actions;
  • Adaptable and comfortable working through ideas and projects that lack a clear and easy answer;
  • Constantly exercising critical thinking skills with tact and transparency; 
  • Ability to take initiative (especially with asking questions and seeking feedback);
  • Work autonomously by managing multiple timelines/projects;
  • Community-minded and committed to solidarity;
  • Responsible, self-motivated, with strong attention to detail.

ASSETS:

  • Familiarity with FASA and Concordia fee levy groups;
  • Trauma-awareness;
  • Familiarity with critical theory (race, disability, post-colonial, queer, etc.)

ABOUT THE JOB:

FASA is hiring one (1)  Coordinator who will be spearheading its new committee, Anti-Oppression and Intersectionality in Fine Arts (AIFA)! The AIFA Coordinator acts as a liaison between a) AIFA and b) FASA coordinators, Concordia faculty, and all Fine Arts students. While AIFA is its own entity, the AIFA Coordinator is part of the FASA Coordinator team and will be working in close collaboration with them as well as the AIFA Committee. 

Inheriting a disjointed student culture with a chaotic and hostile infrastructure (see the VA building and the lack of communal spaces, as well as the lack of channels through which students can organize) that did not allow for any sense of connection nor belonging, an important first step for AIFA will be to build community between students of all nine departments. We must first (re)acquaint ourselves with each other in a meaningful way so as to gain traction and foster care ethics and solidarity. This is doubly true after the year of the emergency remote teaching situation. The incoming AIFA Coordinator will work throughout the year with this particular goal in mind. 

AIFA will officially begin its operations during the month of September 2021, and the successful candidate will plan AIFA’s activities and/or campaign relating to Orientation. They will collaborate with tina (outgoing AIFA Coordinator hired through FASA’s Anti-O Pilot Program) and other FASA team members to plan activities and strategies to reach the fine arts community while fostering a culture of care. 

This position involves a series of self-directed projects, meaning that the AIFA Coordinator’s duties evolve relative to the projects they undertake. Besides community building and campaigning during Orientation, the AIFA coordinator is expected to come up with their own ideas and work through any challenges that might arise by exercising creative problem-solving. They must present and check-in about their work with colleagues (FASA and the AIFA Committee) for feedback and opinions. 

The coordinator ensures that AIFA runs smoothly with regards to finances, with the support of FASA’s Finance and Office Coordinators in particular. They also provide insight and contextualize actions within the structure of student politics at Concordia.

ABOUT AIFA:

Anti-Oppression and Intersectionality in Fine Arts (AIFA) is a hub for political organization with the aim of scrutinizing and holding systems, people and initiatives within the Fine Arts accountable. It is in favour of visibilizing and ultimately addressing, if not ending, the various forms of discrimination and oppression that do and can take root within the Fine Arts faculty, whether it be in the classroom or in extracurricular activities. This is done for the sake of protecting each other and ensuring a safer and more inclusive environment, particularly for those who are of historically marginalized communities and continue to be severely underrepresented across departments. AIFA’s purpose is inextricably tied to community and solidarity, and thus must constantly remain attuned to the student body’s needs. 

Based on the student survey conducted back in March, AIFA will be focusing on addressing white supremacy in fine arts and its pedagogy for its inaugural year. Many points were brought up against the current “anything-goes” state in which classes at Concordia conduct critiques, which enables hostile sentiments against members of marginalized communities. As such, one of AIFA’s projects this year include elaborating and encouraging instructors to implement a more rigorous critique etiquette which involves political regulation such that we can protect our peers, particularly those who are in vulnerable positions.

AIFA is constituted by a non-hierarchical committee and one (1) Coordinator who will be a paid FASA employee. The AIFA Committee operates similar to a Board of Directors where members will divide tasks in relation to the resources and skills they can offer for which they will be held accountable. The Coordinator reports to and is thus entirely amenable to the Committee’s scruples. 

AIFA’s purview encompasses all initiatives under the Fine Arts Student Alliance (FASA) like that of affiliate organisations (VAV Gallery, CUJAH, Art Matters Festival, Fine Arts Reading Room), student clubs as well as the SPGs. AIFA will work in affiliation and collaboration with members of each BoD, namely through the AIFA Committee members sitting in on BoD meetings. 

Employment Equity: 

If you are an Indigenous person, a Black person, a person of colour, and/or a person with disabilities, then you are eligible for employment equity. If you are not a member of any of the aforementioned communities but would like to be considered for employment equity, you can indicate this in your application and are welcome to briefly describe in what way you see your perspective(s) underrepresented within Fine Arts student organizations.

FASA values the contributions that individuals who identify as members of marginalized communities bring to our organization. We also understand that applicants may experience a number of identities simultaneously in ways that reinforce and nuance their experience. We are committed to creating an organization as diverse as the communities we serve. Please note that while it is not required that candidates explain why they would like to be considered for employment equity, you are welcome to speak to any relevant lived experiences in your application.

This statement is based on one created by COCo: https://coco-net.org/.

Find out more about how FASA uses Employment Equity here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eOxlPWd5gRCgFCeA20frkVxgn0e3Fg6jnCXpH9n8ey4/edit?fbclid=IwAR2OI7aglx8OoZdwizWX7RZ1qxjHw6zbQFZyayI5lJqWb76Lk7e-IGYu7e8