jNET is a group of peer network engagement fellows guided by the University of Michigan Hillel’s strategic goal to develop relationships with Jewish students in order to engage them in meaningful Jewish life. jNET is a cohort of dedicated Jewish students, representing different micro-communities on campus, for the purpose of network building and engagement. Participation in jNET is an investment in each individual’s professional development and community building skills. jNET fellows participate in ongoing cohort leadership and engagement trainings, take members of their communities out to coffee, and plan at least three meaningful Jewish experiences for their peers. Through one-on-one relationships, jNET fellows foster Jewish community outside of the current Hillel infrastructure.
The ideal jNET fellow is someone who feels connected to a micro-community or social network on campus that is outside of the Hillel infrastructure. Examples of micro-communities on campus include, but are not limited to:
- Greek life
- North Campus (Engineering, SMTD, Stamps etc.)
- Michigan Learning Communities (Residential College, Michigan Community Scholars, Honors, etc.)
- Ross School of Business
- BBYO, USY, NFTY alumni
- Jewish summer camp alumni
- Co-op communities
- Student organizations on campus
Objectives to Reach Strategic Goal:
- Connect one-on-one with Jewish students within your own networks and then work to connect those students with each other to create Jewish community.
- Reach students through new initiatives created by jNET fellows such as holiday meals and creative programs.
- Listen to the wants and needs of Jewish students in your networks and help create Jewish life where they are in a way that feels meaningful to them.
- Strive to serve as a role model and create a welcoming, diverse and innovative Jewish community at the University of Michigan.
- Commit to being a jNET fellow through the entire 2018-19 University of Michigan academic calendar (students planning to go abroad should not apply for this position).
- Attend a bi-monthly cohort training and development sessions with staff supervisor.
- Attend regular one-on-one meetings with staff supervisor for mentorship and guidance, and to discuss the jNET fellow’s ideas, thoughts, and initiatives.
- Participate in Hillel International’s Engagement Training Institute (August, dates to be announced soon).
Budget and Programming Responsibilities:
- Manage a $400 programming budget to create entrepreneurial initiatives.
- Coordinate a minimum of three meaningful Jewish experiences or programs outside of Hillel for your community.
- Utilize $180 toward professional development and/or Jewish enrichment. jNET fellows will discuss and agree upon professional development and/or Jewish enrichment plan with staff supervisor.
Relationship Building and Management:
- Build relationships with 20 uninvolved Jewish students within your networks in your first semester, and an additional 10 during the second semester.
- Track, manage, and update, on a weekly basis, information about student relationships, initiative expenses, and other relevant data into our online system for tracking engagement.
- Participate in end-of-semester evaluations with your staff supervisor.
- Ongoing open communication between jNET fellows and staff.
- Attendance at all group and one-on-one meetings.
- If a jNET fellow needs to miss a session, the student will schedule a make-up session with the staff supervisor.
- jNET fellows will notify staff supervisor 48 hours before any meeting conflicts.
- All emails between staff and fellows will be answered within 24 hours.
- In order to accomplish the goals of the fellowship, jNET fellows commit to working an average of 3-5 hours per week (not including exam periods).