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Social Justice Education

Diversity Education’s Social Justice Peer Educator Project

The Social Justice Peer Educator Project began in August of 2014, in an effort to increase Diversity Education’s engagement with students and to cultivate a more inclusive campus climate. The Social Justice Peer Educators Project currently consists of 5 undergraduate students who are hired on as student staff with Diversity Education. Under the guidance of the Diversity Education Program Coordinator, the Social Justice Peer Educators are tasked with developing and implementing educational programs and trainings for their undergraduate peers, which advance equity, diversity, and social justice. The entire Social Justice Peer Educator Project is a multilayered transformative educational program whereby the Social Justice Peer Educators undergo extensive social justice leadership development and mentorship, which supports them in building an inclusive community and also guides them in developing social justice educational programs for their peers at WSU. Examples of past educational programs created and facilitated by the Social Justice Peer Educators includes “Microaggressions 101,” “Power and Privilege,” “Understanding Intersectionality as a Residence Assistant,” “We’re A Culture, Not a Costume: Halloween Costume Social Justice Teach-in,” as well as “I Got Your Back: Redefining Masculinity”.

Social Justice Peer Educators

Learning Objectives for Social Justice Peer Educators:

During their time as SJPEs, students will:

  • Demonstrate increased knowledge about issues of diversity, systemic inequality, and social justice (race, ethnicity, class, age, sexual orientation, gender, sex, religion, disability, power and privilege, and more)
  • Explore various social justice pedagogy approaches that foster engaged and active learning, and incorporate such pedagogy into educational programs facilitated by the Social Justice Peer Educators.
  • Foster critical self-awareness and an ability to located own experiences and social locations within systems of power and inequality
  • Practice dialogic communication skills (e.g. speaking, active listening, critical reflection)
  • Demonstrate improved communication, facilitation, and presentations skills necessary to effectively work and collaborate with people of diverse backgrounds (including race, ethnicity, sexual-orientation, gender identity/expression, ability and other differences)
  • Develop project management and organizational competencies to be able to plan and execute educational programs

Social Justice Peer Educator Project Impact AY2016-2017 

  • Number of social justice leadership trainings that the Social Justice Peer Educators underwent in academic year 2016-2017: 10 workshops for a total of 34 hours of training and professional development
  • • Number of workshops, trainings, and programs facilitated by Social Justice Peer Educators to WSU community in academic year 2016-2017: 9 

    • Number of partnerships developed by Social Justice Peer Educators with other campus groups in academic year 2016-2017: 5
    • Total number of participants engaged in workshops, trainings, programs in academic year 2016-2017: 255 people