Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.72
Liaison Christie-Joy Hartman
Submission Date May 12, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

James Madison University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Christie-Joy Hartman
Executive Director
Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
23782

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):
23782

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

Name of the student educators program:
Potty Mouth

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
23782

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

Potty Mouth is a newsletter published monthly and posted in bathrooms around campus in buildings that have a lot of student traffic. The purpose of Potty Mouth is to educate students, increase their interest in various health and wellness topics and amplify their interest in living a healthy lifestyle. Blurbs written in Potty Mouth address the seven dimensions of wellness: Physical, Social, Spiritual, Emotional, Environmental, Occupational, and Intellectual. Potty Mouth is written "for students, by students," with all content conceived of and created by students of the HTH 389: Practicum in Health Education class. Potty Mouth was distributed last in Fall 2016 and will resume in Fall 2017.

And example of sustainability-related Potty Mouth content is "Electronic Devices: Trash or
Treasure? As a society, we always want the latest and greatest electronics. With this need to be connected at all times, it’s important to know what to do with old devices when getting the next big thing. As convenient as it is, remember to never throw electronics away. Once these devices reach landfills, they release toxins like arsenic, lead, and cadmium that could leak into the ecosystem and damage plant and animal life.
Instead of throwing them away, you can sell, donate, or recycle these products. Many large
retailers, such as Best Buy and Staples, offer programs and incentives for recycling obsolete gear. Dispose of old electronics in a way that benefits you and the environment!"
March 2016 Volume


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

The students are enrolled in a practicum course. All undergraduate students are eligible but they must apply to participate.


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

The class meets once a week for two hours. The course entails content such as learning media literacy skills, developing technology skills, and increasing writing and editing skills. The students use group discussion to brainstorm relevant topics and are required to use credible sources as the basis for their writing.


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):

Potty Mouth is overseen by the University Health Center. The Assistant Director for Marketing and Communications teaches the course.


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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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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):
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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 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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Information provided by Veronica Jones, Associate Director, Health, Education & Advocacy and Prevention. Entered by Christie-Joy Hartman.

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