Want a Career in Promoting Feminism and Social Justice Theories? This College is Looking for You

Jennifer Van Laar
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Posted: Jul 01, 2017 7:35 PM
Want a Career in Promoting Feminism and Social Justice Theories? This College is Looking for You

Parents ponying up the $42,910 annual tuition at the University of Scranton will be pleased to know that the school is looking to hire a "Director of Cross Cultural Centers" to promote feminist and social justice theories through its Jane Kopas Women's Center and its Multicultural Center.

The Director would oversee the day-to-day operations of the Centers and their staff, "who work together to develop, implement, and present programs that promote inclusion, multiculturalism, and equity, within a framework of intersectionality, social change, feminist and critical race theory, and mission of the University." One of the essential duties is to:

Develop, plan, and implement programs and initiatives on gender equity and social justice that incorporate feminist theories and best practices which includes, but is not limited to, anti-violence advocacy, body image and integrity, identity development, social justice, and women's leadership and skill building efforts.

As Toni Airaksinen at PJ Media notes, women comprise 60 percent of Scranton's student body, and women currently attain college degrees at a higher rate than men. But the University has specifically rejected any notion that a Men's Center would be a needed resource for its male students:

"While we understand that men face discrimination, rarely are they discriminated against because of their sex/gender. Establishing a men's center would suggest that the historical and current status of men is similar to that of women, which it is not."

Further, they also state that a Men’s Center would be simply unnecessary, since they claim that their Women’s Center serves “as a resource for all genders.” This bizarre claim is belied by the fact that the Women's Center offers absolutely no programming for men.

The job posting also states that the Director will "serve as a support person and advocate for marginalized student populations." This makes one question what the University of Scranton's definition of a marginalized population is, and how it is applied. The majority of the student population is female, and they have access to more resources than other groups on campus. Will she (assuming this Director is female, or uses female pronouns) advocate for marginalized conservative women? Or marginalized men? Or marginalized born-again Christians? I'd bet that any type of "support" and "advocacy" offered to those students would be in the form of reprogramming.