The Diversity Peer Educator Program
Becoming a Diversity Peer Educator
Diversity Peer Educator program seeks to improve cultural awareness and understanding at Ithaca College, as well as enhance each student's comprehensive knowledge of, and relationship to, issues of diversity.
Diversity Peer Educators are selected from students who have participated in the Cross Cultural Leadership Retreat (CCLR), and who demonstrate genuine interest and commitment to diversity education. Information about applying is made available during CCLR.
The program provides a small team of upper-class students with an on-going diversity training experience. Eligible peer educators facilitate interactive workshops with peers through the Student Leadership Institute, the Residence Halls, and various independent initiatives.
In order to be eligible to facilitate workshops, Diversity Peer Educators receive training in the fall of the academic year, and participate in the SLI track "Leading in a Diverse World" to further improve knowledge and facilitation skills. Regular meetings offer DPEs the opportunity for continual growth in diversity education, as well.
Request a Session with the Diversity Peer Educators
The DPE program works in a variety of settings, and presents on a variety of topics. Students, staff and faculty interested in working with the Diversity Peer Educators should follow these steps:
1. Consider what type of session you would like to do. For instance, do you want a DPE to show a film and lead a discussion? Or would you rather do a skill builder on understanding stereotypes? Think about your goals before you contact the group.
2. Check the Diversity Peer Educator Program Inventory for past sessions offered by the group. This is a continuously changing list, so the type of session you are looking for may not be listed, but that does not mean that the group cannot offer something similar.
3. If you have something in mind, and you have determined a time frame for the session, please fill out the DPE session request form at least two weeks in advance of the prefered date. We will contact you to confirm as soon as possible*
*NOTE: It is not the responsibility of the Diversity Peer Educators to draw participants to the session. This effort rests with the organization, residence hall, or group of students hosting the session.