Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.60
Liaison Mary Lucus
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Belmont University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Mary Lucus
Director, IR
Provost
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
8,012

Total number of students enrolled for credit that are served (i.e. directly targeted) by a student peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting to the extent feasible):
8,012

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
100

Name of the student educators program:
ECO Club

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
7,723

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities:

Belmont's Environment and Conservation Organization, provides interaction with students across campus who are interested in environmental issues. Activities include river clean-ups, exotic plant removals, Earth Day awareness events, nature hikes, and environmentally-focused guest speakers.
http://www.belmont.edu/iss/environmental_science_program/student_activities.html


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

Student leaders rise within the club and decide which programs to present each semester.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach:

No formal training is received.


A brief description of the financial and/or administrative support the institution provides to the program (e.g. annual budget and/or faculty/staff coordination):

Programs are supported either through fundraising done by students or a grant awarded by the student government association.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
KIVA Global Sustainability and Fiscal Literacy Program

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
1,459

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (2nd program):

Belmont has been offering our entering first-year students the opportunity to participate in the KIVA program – a microlending program focused on helping establish sustainable economic practices/opportunities in the developing world. Each year the University offers every first-year student $25 to loan via KIVA to help change the life of someone that they’ve never met. If the students donate $25 of their own money, we’ll add in another $25. We typically have more than 60% of our entering students take advantage of this program and have loaned more than $35,000 via KIVA in the past four years. This is meant to help our students think about global sustainability/development and finding ways to give of themselves to help others.
http://www.belmont.edu/tt/summer/kiva.html


A brief description of how the student educators are selected (2nd program):

All first-year students participate in the program as it is a part of summer orientation.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (2nd program):

The TT Leaders (Orientation Leaders) are taught the basics of the KIVA program and supervise it for their group of new freshmen.


A brief description of the financial and/or administrative support the institution provides to the program (e.g. annual budget and/or faculty/staff coordination) (2nd program):

The University invests approximately $37,500 to enable the students engage in the programming.


Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
Residence Life Sustainability contest

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (3rd program):
3,400

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (3rd program):

Residence life hosts a month long energy saving contest to see which residence hall can conserve the most energy. There is a different initiative each week to help promote the sustainability contest. Those initiatives include using social media to promote reusable water bottles and other sustainability initiatives. There are also individual floor programs from each RA concerning sustainability awareness with activities such as a LED light bulb swap, battery recycling drive, “lights out” hour, technology-fast, collect plastic shopping bags to be used for making sleeping mats for homeless, etc. There are prizes given to the individual winners of the contests as well as a prize for the hall that conserves the most energy for the month.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected (3rd program):

Resident Assistants for each complex are tasked with planning these programs


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (3rd program):

Resident Assistants receive specific training on how to plan and execute these programs for their residents.


A brief description of the financial and/or administrative support the institution provides to the program (e.g. annual budget and/or faculty/staff coordination) (3rd program):

Residence hall budgets are used to fund these programs.


A brief description of all other student peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs, including the number of students served and how student educators are selected, trained, and supported by the institution:
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Total number of hours student educators are engaged in peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education activities annually (all programs):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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