Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.82
Liaison Sandy DeJohn
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Binghamton University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
-- 0.00 / 4.00 Manar Sabry
Assistant Director for Strategic Analysis
Student Affairs Assessment and Strategic Intitatives
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
17,166

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):
17,166

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

Name of the student educators program:
REACH (Real Education About College Health) peer education program

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
17,166

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

The REACH (Real Education About College Health) peer education program heightens students’ awareness and understanding of health issues that directly affect their lives such as alcohol and other drugs, tobacco use, social life, HIV/AIDs, sexuality, self-esteem, peer pressure, relationships and healthy decision making. This peer to peer program meets the AASHE definition of sustainability ("AASHE defines sustainability in an inclusive way, encompassing human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations.")


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

REACH interns must undergo an application process and, once selected, must be trained in health issues and peer engagement. Developed in 1999, BU’s REACH program was the first college health initiative to use a “street outreach” format. This means:
• Peer educators, working in pairs, engage students in their everyday environments across campus — dining halls, University Union, bus stops, recreational halls, study lounges and more.
• Rather than lecturing at students about what they should or shouldn’t do, REACH educators have short, focused conversations with fellow students about a particular health topic.
Because of its “street outreach” format, REACH targets any and all students whom interns meet throughout their daily activities.


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

The training process is part of the weekly seminar with details on the course syllabus.


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):

The selected student educators are enrolled for an academic credit based internship that is overseen by the Associate Director of Health Education.
Peer educators make a one-semester commitment to the program and serve 10–12 hours per week.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
The New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG)

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
17,166

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

NYPIRG is New York State's largest student-directed consumer, environmental and government reform organization. We are a nonpartisan, not-for-profit group established to effect policy reforms while training students and other New Yorkers to be advocates. Since 1973, NYPIRG has played the key role in fighting for more than 120 public interest laws and executive orders. NYPIRG's 20 college campus chapters provide much of NYPIRG's energy, resources, and activism. Each campus chapter consists of full-time staff organizers and a large core of student volunteers. Students at NYPIRG chapters work on projects that both support NYPIRG's statewide agenda and focus on local issues. NYPIRG's full-time staff produces studies on a wide array of topics, coordinates state campaigns, lobbies public officials and works with students.
In addition, NYPIRG's outreach program travels to communities across the state to educate and activate local residents on vital issues. NYPIRG's citizen membership exceeds 85,000 people from all parts of the state. These members give NYPIRG political clout and make our lobbying efforts successful.


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

At Binghamton University, students can intern at NYPIRG via the Career Development Center Internship Program.


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

Undergraduate students who participate in the Career Development Center Internship Program (CDCI), including NYPIRG, are required to complete 120 hours (Fall or Spring) or 70/140 hours (summer or winter) at an approved business/organization/site of their career interest along with a one hour weekly seminar class. The training process is part of the weekly seminar with details on the course syllabus.


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):

All students receive academic upper level credit with a letter grade for completing their CDCI internship.


Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
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Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (3rd program):
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A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (3rd program):
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A brief description of how the student educators are selected (3rd program):
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A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (3rd program):
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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):
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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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