Peer Education

Peer Educators

Peer Educators are students who educate themselves and others about intimate partner violence, sexual violence, identity trauma and various forms of discrimination. These students take the initiative to learn about these issues through research, workshops, and training programs, and then share their knowledge with their peers. Through their work, Peer Educators create a more inclusive and supportive environment on campus by raising awareness and educating others about these important topics.

They strive to promote understanding and respect among individuals from diverse backgrounds and foster a culture of mutual respect and acceptance. By engaging in open discussions and encouraging critical thinking, Peer Educators encourage people to question their assumptions and biases, to learn about the experiences of others, and to become better allies in the fight against discrimination, bias, and violence. Their efforts help create safer, more supportive, and more inclusive communities for everyone.

Why should you join?

Education: This program offers comprehensive training to its participants. You will learn about a broad range of social issues, including the causes, effects, ways to address them and key research on these topics. By educating yourself, you will have the knowledge to educate others and start important conversations on- and off-campus. You will also be knowledgeable of the resources available to anyone experiencing any of the issues and be able to connect with appropriate support systems.

Development: This program offers a variety of opportunities for personal and professional development. By engaging in research, facilitation, presenting and connecting with campus partners, you will develop important skills such as public speaking, critical thinking, and leadership. These skills are valuable in any future career or life path you choose to pursue.

Community: By joining the Peer Educator program, you will become part of a supportive community of individuals who share your passion for social justice. You will be able to connect with others, share ideas and work together to create positive change on your campus. RSVP Center staff support Peer Educators by advising them of on- and off-campus resources and serving as mentors.

How do I become a peer educator?

To become a peer educator, students will be required to take ELPA 3110 during the Fall semester; this is a 2nd eight-week course. However, if students are interested in spring, they are welcome to connect with our office, via email or stopping by for a visit, to attend weekly meetings and events.