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Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date April 30, 2015
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Dickinson College
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Tyce Herrman
Projects Coordinator
Center for Sustainability Education
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Does the institution coordinate one or more ongoing student, peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs that meet the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

Number of degree-seeking students enrolled at the institution:
2325

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Eco-Reps Program

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (1st program):
2325

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (1st program):

An Eco-Rep is a sustainability representative and mentor for a residence hall that educates fellow students about sustainable living practices. They create and facilitate programming in their residence hall around the concept of sustainability and work to foster a more sustainable community through events, educational displays, program management, and signage. Eco-Reps volunteer for the Center for Sustainability Education to create new projects and programming focusing on sustainable residential living at Dickinson College. They also manage the residence hall composting and plastic bag recycling programs. These trained leaders serve as educational resources for Dickinson students and act as a liaison between the Center for Sustainability Education and the student body.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected (1st program):

Students are selected via a general application that requests basic information regarding their reasons for wanting to become an Eco-Rep and any previous experience and ideas they may have relating to sustainability or peer education. They also are required to submit a resume and a writing sample. Potential Eco-Reps participate in group interviews as part of the selection process. All selected Eco-Reps must participate in a mandatory training offered at the start of each semester.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (1st program):

A four-hour training session is required for all incoming new Eco-Reps at the start of each semester. Returning Eco-Reps attend the second half of the training where new material for the upcoming semester is presented. The Eco-Reps student supervisor and the Assistant Director of the Center for Sustainability Education conduct the training, oftentimes bringing in topic experts. All Eco-Reps are provided with a manual that includes all policies and program procedures. During the training session, students are provided an overview of their responsibilities, general knowledge about sustainability programs at Dickinson, and programs they are required to manage throughout the semester. They also have time to network and begin planning their programs for the semester. Training is also provided throughout the semester and is administered at the Eco-Reps bi-weekly mandatory meetings.


A brief description of the financial or other support the institution provides to the program (1st program):

The Eco-Reps Program is fully supported and administered by the Center for Sustainability Education (CSE). Each Eco-Rep receives a $25/semester program planning budget that they can use independently or pooled together with other Eco-Reps. CSE pays a student Eco-Rep Supervisor to coordinate the program. We have had a paid student supervisor for 8 semesters at 10 hours/week for 14 weeks a semester. Additionally, the CSE Assistant Director provides time and technical assistance to the program.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
THe Handlebar - Dickinson's Bicycle Co-Op

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
2325

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

The Handlebar is an on-campus teaching bike repair co-op that was created by Dickinson students for the Dickinson community. The Handlebar serves members of the Dickinson College community, aiming to increase bicycle use and bike-related knowledge on campus. The co-op believes in equitable access, affordability, and a strong sense of community. The Handlebar increases social and environmental consciousness through hands-on learning, networking, and teaching. The reuse (Handlebar Swap Shop) and recycle (Green Bikes Program) practices also support the College’s commitment to sustainability. Education activities include volunteer training, bicycle repair workshops, bike safety education programs and resources, and awareness events hosted throughout the year. An average of ~275 users per semester visit the Handlebar.


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

Student Handlebar educators are selected from those that attend volunteer training and complete a short orientation program. Outreach for these training sessions is conducted via all campus announcement systems and social media.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (2nd program):

The volunteer training and orientation is a three hour workshop that includes learning the parts of a bike, how to repair bikes, and how to share these skills with others. Other workshops are a la carte on more specific topics and generally last one hour. These programs include biking in the community, bike safety, and bike repair basics like fixing a flat. These students participate in as-needed volunteer meetings and are updated with information by e-mail and through The Handlebar blog.


A brief description of the financial or other support the institution provides to the program (2nd program):

The Handlebar Bicycle Co-Op is supported and administered by the Center for Sustainability Education (CSE). CSE pays a student Biking@Dickinson manager to coordinate the program. We have had a paid student supervisor for 6 semesters at 10 hours/week for 14 weeks a semester. Additionally, the CSE Projects Coordinator provides time and technical assistance to the program.


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Name(s) of the student educator program(s) (all other programs):
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Total number of hours student educators are engaged in peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education activities annually:
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The website URL for the peer-to-peer student outreach and education program(s):

Students are critical partners in advancing sustainability at Dickinson and have been a driving force behind many of the College’s sustainability initiatives. Dickinson College encourages student sustainability project ideas, organizational activities, and hands-on involvement through workshops, institutional funding, and advising to promote our living laboratory model. Students are encouraged to get involved from orientation onward. Peer education is a primary strategy for this work at Dickinson.

Headcount is an average of the fall 2013 and spring 2014 total matriculants.

http://blogs.dickinson.edu/ecoreps/
http://blogs.dickinson.edu/dickinsonbikes/thehandlebar/

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