Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 37.54
Liaison Krista Bailey
Submission Date Dec. 17, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Indiana University South Bend
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.14 / 4.00 Krista Bailey
Director: Center for a Sustainable Future
Sustainability Studies
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
5,092

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):
177

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
3.48

Name of the student educators program:
Titan Green Team

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
177

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

Students work with the Center for a Sustainable Future (CSF) to develop educational and engagement program for and with students. Student workers, based on their academic career and interest, work on or develop projects designed to meet sustainability challenges in fun and creative ways.
Students conduct peer-to-peer activities such as film screenings about climate change, pollinator awareness and protection. They plan and hold events such as river clean ups, host recycling games, and plan and recruit and support sustainability club events. Students work to engage others with caring for the beehives on campus and working in the campus garden (planting, weeding, harvesting, and eating). Other engagement elements are less direct and include promotion of refillable mugs and water bottles, how and what to recycle on campus, bicycling promotion, and social media engagements.

One student-led project is to expand the engagement opportunities that the students who work at the CSF get to do by developing an Ecological Representative (Eco Rep) program called Titans Green Team. The goal of the Titans Green Team is to create a network of leaders who work together to empower others to make sustainable choices in their lives and in their communities through peer education, programming, and outreach. The primary goals of this program are to help IU South Bend become a more sustainable campus through peer education, developing a peer education system and a structure where Titans Green Team members learn, teach, and lead. Students are introduced to the Titan Green Team and recruited at IU South Bend Sustainability outreach campaigns and sustainability events. At each Sustainability outreach campaign and sustainability event students are introduced to sustainability and the importance of making sustainable choices in their lives and in the community. If students are interested, they can join the Titan Green Team where they get support for ways to teach and lead other students throughout the IU South Bend campus community.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

Work study students are recruited primarily through campus "welcome week" events, social media posts, and with Career Services office. A diverse group are selected to represent an array of degrees, backgrounds, ages, experiences, and many other factors in order to have a strong team - a key foundation of this is a diverse team.

For the Titan Green Team, at each Sustainability outreach campaign and sustainability event students are introduced to sustainability and the importance of making sustainable choices in their lives and in the community. If students are interested, they can join the Titan Green Team where they will work with other Titan Green Team members to teach and lead other students throughout the IU South Bend campus community move toward a more sustainable future.


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

CSF students receive an orientation to sustainability, strategic goals, and engaged in collaborative conversations about how to meet these targets. They are oriented to the ongoing projects, to the Project Plans used to outline end goals and steps to achieving them, and are challenged to identify new and creative ways to address the goals by educating and engaging others. Every two weeks throughout each semester the team is brought together for some professional development related to successfully completing the projects, and to connect with and support one another by sharing updates, issues, and opportunities so we can work best together to achieve shared and project specific goals.

Titan Green Team students receive an introduction to sustainability training and project planning, and ongoing mentoring to help them develop, implement, and evaluate projects.


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):

Student peer to peer members are work study students that are payed on an hourly basis. The non-Federal portion of their wages comes from university funds through Academic Affairs. These funds are made available to the campus and the CSF applies for support for student workers based on the projects they work on, and funds have been consistently awarded to support sustainability work by students.


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A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (2nd program):
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A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (2nd program):
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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 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):
600

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data for this credit was retrieved from the director of The Center for a Sustainable Future.

The Green Team. we do not have the numbers yet.

We calculated the numbers from our bee event, tabling, truth, garbage games, and cleanup to get the 177 students served by our peer to peer student educator program named Titan Green Team.

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