College of Liberal Arts

University of Mississippi

Applications Sought for UM VISTA Project

Dynamic individuals interested in fighting poverty through education are encouraged to apply for positions in the North Mississippi Volunteers in Service to America Project at the University of Mississippi.

The project is being funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The university previously had one VISTA volunteer who worked in the College of Liberal Arts.

Five to six new VISTA workers will be stationed at various sites on campus. Applicants must be at least 18, a U.S. citizen and have a bachelor’s degree or minimum three years’ work experience. Each of these full-time, one-year placements is supported by AmeriCorps with a modest living allowance, health benefits and an education grant, which can be used for graduate education or to repay qualified student loans.

Volunteers are sought in the Office of the Provost, College of Liberal Arts, School of Education, School of Engineering, University Museum and, possibly, the Luckyday Residential College. Applicants must submit a brief letter of interest and resume to Stephen Monroe, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts, by 5 p.m. June 26. Successful candidates will begin work in August.

“Those who take these positions will make real contributions to the people of Mississippi and gain valuable experience in higher education,” Monroe said. “VISTAs will work from the university’s Oxford campus to build sustainable systems for connecting our flagship institution and its resources to north Mississippi communities.”

At least 10 more VISTAs will be stationed at 10 or 11 additional host sites expected to be developed in the next few years.

“The program’s objectives include increasing educational resources for low-income children and adults, addressing clearly identifiable community needs and connecting directly to UM expertise and/or resources,” Monroe said. “We’ll be seeking to establish mutually beneficial partnerships with agencies and schools around our region.”

AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 40 years.

For an overview of available positions, contact Monroe at smonroe@olemiss.edu or call 662-915-1815.