College of Ethnic Studies


Department of Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies

Graduate Assistant

Starting Date:

On an ongoing basis as positions become available .

Minimum Qualifications:

Graduate Assistants must be first-year graduate students registered in the CLS graduate degree program and must be enrolled in courses towards the completion of that graduate degree during the appointment period. Applicants should have the ability to relate well to others within the academic environment, and demonstrate ability and/or interest in working in a multiethnic, multicultural environment.

Exceptions to the minimum eligibility qualifications may be granted at the sole discretion of the University.

Preferred Qualifications:

The applicant should be a full-time student in the Department of Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies and not be employed as a full-time professional (i.e., teacher, social worker). Applicants should demonstrate interests in developing research and/or teaching skills, an ability to contribute to the field of Chicana (o) Studies, and a desire to be mentored by faculty.

Hiring Criteria:

The successful applicant should have a compatible schedule as well as ability to work virtually on all agreed upon projects.


Under the general supervision and mentorship of a faculty member, the Graduate Assistants will provide assistance in teaching, research, and/or departmental projects. For example, Graduate Assistants providing assistance with teaching might assist with handling CANVAS assignments, evaluating student work, and clarifying course material or course content for students. Graduate Assistants working with departmental projects might be assigned to gathering content, creating, and editing an electronic departmental newsletter. Generally, GAs will perform clerical, bibliographical, or other routine tasks, assist faculty with research and teaching; and support with other related tasks.


Current Graduate Assistant rate.

This appointment will be at an estimated salary of $2311 per semester. Graduate Assistants will work 8 hours per week for 15 weeks each semester for a total of 120 hours per semester.  A base of $2311 divided by 120 hours equals approximately $19.25 per hour.

The University:

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system.  The University is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the U.S. for the upward mobility of its students, and is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good.  We offer nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, ethnic studies, and the humanities. Our faculty have a strong commitment to scholarship, research, creative pursuits, community engagement, and service.

Our 240,000 alumni reflect the City and County’s dynamic mix of populations.  The University has one of the most diverse student populations of any college or university in the nation.  As a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, and Asian-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students. The University is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual.

Required Documentation:

To apply applicants should submit the University’s Application for Academic Employment Form and the following materials from their departmental graduate application: three letters of recommendation, transcripts, personal statement, and departmental application.

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. 


Applications accepted at any time. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted.

Address applications, required documentation and/or requests for information to:

Department of Chicana (o) Latina (o) Studies
Attention Velia Murillo
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8162

Note: The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.