Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service
Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service

CSJ Student Academic Assistants

Program Overview

CSJ’s Student Academic Assistants (SAAs) support social justice, community-engaged, and community-based learning courses and research taught and led by CSJ-affiliated faculty. Each SAA will be paired with a CSJ-affiliated faculty from across campus.

When supporting a faculty member’s course, SAAs complete organizational and logistical tasks to support the course professor, students, and community partners, including but not limited to: entering and organizing course data (e.g. receipts, service hours worked), sending email and text reminders to students, and professionally communicating with community partners via phone and email. SAAs may also support the academic and reflective components of the course. SAAs are invited to sit-in on at least one class session a week, and can count this time toward their work hours.

When supporting faculty research and/or an academic project, SAAs may complete a range of activities, tasks, and responsibilities depending on the context of the project. SAAs will determine in consultation with their supervising professor if they will work in-person, virtually, or a hybrid with their professor.

The program brings together the SAA cohort three times during the semester to reflect on their work supporting community-engaged scholarship and learning, to connect with various community experts across the area, and to build a network of inclusive learners and researchers. 

Requirements for Students

Information for Faculty

Teaching a social justice, community-engaged, or community-based learning (CBL) course? Working on a research project with social justice implications? We invite you to consider having a Student Academic Assistant (SAA) support your class or research work for 4-8 hours per week. Contact to learn more.