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Peer Educators Advocating for Campus Empowerment (PEACE)

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The Violence Prevention Victim Advocacy and Support (VPAS) Center  is currently seeking Peer Educators for the PEACE club! 

 Peer Education is based on the concept of "students teaching students." Many times, peers can promote the most effective dialogues about issues effecting other students on a level that is relatable. A picture of six peer educators standing with three blackboards that are written with messages by students about how to be involved in the It's On Us Campaign.

Peer Educators in PEACE are role models for making the campus a safer, more respectful place for ALL students by facilitating discussions on sexual misconduct and bystander intervention. Bystander intervention is intervening in problematic situations, and while VPAS focuses on intervening safely in situations of sexual misconduct (sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking and sexual exploitation), the skills learned in the workshops can be used in many other interpersonal violence situations, including bullying, hazing, etc.

We ALL have the power to make a positive change at Southern. "It's On Us" to make a change.

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Will YOU be a peer educator?

What are the Benefits of Becoming a PEACE Peer Educator? 

  • Volunteer/Service opportunity and hours
  • Personal and Professional Learning Experience
  • Hone Public Speaking Skills and Facilitation Skills
  • Develop/improve understanding of issues sexual misconduct, bystander intervention, consent, and resources available
  • All peer educators will receive training in the content curriculum, as well as presentation skills, etc., and continuous support from the VPAS Center

What do PEACE Peer Educators do?

  •  Facilitate informational and interactive workshops on a variety of violence prevention topics with student organizations, residence life, and  classrooms. Once trained, Peer Educators are expected to co- facilitate a minimum of 2 presentations and assist with 2 informational tables per semester. You will have guidance and assistance with this!
  • Represent VPAS through outreach to the campus by tabling and creating relationships with student groups and organizations
  • Assist with VPAS annual events, including Red Flag Campaign, Take Back the Night, & It’s On Us Festivals
  • Inform students about resources and advocacy services
  • Attend meetings as scheduled to work together to develop and execute special programs
  • Receive continuous learning and development support from VPAS staff
  • Have fun!

Selection Criteria

  •  Must be enrolled as a student at Southern Connecticut State University
  • Must be able to make a minimum 2 semester commitment to the program 
  • Have a commitment to contributing to a positive campus environment and ability to model healthy and prosocial behavior for peers
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Professional communication skills
  • Enthusiasm for working on a team and making a difference                                                                          
    • Availability to attend  Peer Educator Training (Fridays @ 1:30-4:30 March 23- April 27, 2018)  is mandatory            

Apply here!

Applications are due February 9, 2018.
       
Selected applicants will be interviewed. Successful applicants will be invited to participate in the program.*If you are not able to make a commitment as a PEACE Peer Educator you can still assist the club in other ways as a Member! Contact PEACE President  or VPAS at vpas@southernct.edu or join our meetings to learn more!
During Fall 2017 PEACE will meet biweekly on Tuesdays 11 am- 12 pm starting on September 5 in ASC 301. See https://owlconnect.southernct.edu/organization/PEACE for more information.