Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 81.82
Liaison Ryan Ihrke
Submission Date Feb. 23, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Green Mountain College
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Ryan Ihrke
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability
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Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount):
232

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting):
232

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

Name of the employee educators program:
Diversity and Inclusion Dialogues

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
232

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

The Diversity and Inclusion Dialogues are peer-to-peer outreach activities focused on advancing social sustainability. The activities consist primarily of 1 hour sessions focused on topics related to diversity and inclusion. Examples of sessions topics include "White Fragility", "Calling Someone Out or Calling Someone In", "What is Diversity and Inclusion at Green Mountain College?", and "Economic Inequality". Sessions are advertised to all faculty and staff and offered one time per month.


A brief description of how the employee educators are selected:

All employees were invited to become peer-to-peer educators for the diversity and inclusion dialogues through campus wide communications including e-mails and announcements at employee meetings. Individual employees who demonstrated previous interest and knowledge in these areas were also contacted by the sustainability office to participate. Staff and faculty from different areas and disciplines across the College were contacted to maximize the reach of the program.


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

Employees who were interested in the program and potentially becoming educators participate in an orientation and training led by the sustainability office staff, campus chaplain, and philosophy professor.

The training is offered during the fall semester and covers how social sustainability is integrated into the the College's strategic plan, Sustainability 2020 and highlightes activities the College has engaged in to promote diversity and inclusion, and more broadly, social sustainability.

The training covers different models to engage colleagues in potentially difficult discussions regarding diversity and inclusion and highlights how the College's core curriculum learning outcomes used in the classroom can also be used as guides for values to bring to our diversity and inclusion dialogues. Employees share what potential topics they want to facilitate or would like others to facilitate.


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

The sustainability office provides administrative support to the diversity and inclusion dialogues by organizing the training, recruiting employee educators,reserving the spaces, and advertising the dialogues to all campus employees. .


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