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Overall Score 72.63
Liaison Karen Oberer
Submission Date Aug. 22, 2016
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STARS v2.1

McGill University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
36,281

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):
36,281

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

Name of the student educators program:
Environmental Residence Council (ERC)

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
3,122

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

ERC is comprised of representatives from each hall who promote an environmentally-friendly consciousness throughout the entire Residence community, including outreach activities like the annual Fight the Power inter-residence energy/waste reduction competition.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

Council members are elected every September and are largely responsible for residence life programming. There is also a plethora of non-elected positions (floor/house reps and committees), so there is no shortage of opportunities to join in!
Source: http://www.mcgill.ca/students/housing/downtown-undergrad/life/council/

Residences also fund a part-time position for a student coordinator to work with the elected representatives to hold outreach activities, including an inter-residence energy competition (where prizes are funded by Facilities, Management & Ancillary Services (FMAS)).


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

Largely peer-to-peer, an orientation session also takes place in September after elections, with a special breakout for the ERC group.


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):

There is one designated student staff 'Residence Life Facilitator' who mentors the elected members. There is also a $1000 annual budget for events, with more available by request from the Inter-Residence Council (this budget comes from fees charged to students living in Residence).


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Rez Project

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
3,122

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

Rez Project is a community-building exercise offered to all students in residence (billed as a mandatory event) at the start of the school year. It consists of a 2-hour workshop in which students are provided with both the tools and the opportunity to discuss challenging issues including: gender, sexuality, sexual assault and community standards. Students participate with their floors and are encouraged to continue the conversation throughout the year.


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

Facilitating this program is a mandatory part of the job for all live-in student residence staff (Floor Fellows and Dons); other educators are volunteers, recruited actively from the pool of students who formerly lived in residence.


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

A full day session, the training consists of 2 parts: half-day of facilitation training that they can use in this context or elsewhere, and a half-day of familiarizing all facilitators with the manual and role-playing scenarios for the actual facilitation of the workshop.


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):

The program is overseen by a full-time staff member. Moreover, the purchase of all materials and supplies for the workshops (about 70 individual sessions over the course of 2-3 weeks) are also provided, including the printing of 75 manuals, meals and snacks for 3 full-days of training sessions.


Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
McGill Office of Sustainability (MOOS) Intern program

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (3rd program):
100

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (3rd program):

The McGill Office of Sustainability (MOOS) coaches and mentors interns every year with the objective of providing them with a stimulating and valuable work experience. The interns work to support McGill's sustainability goals and projects.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected (3rd program):

Interns apply for positions that are posted by MOOS. A rigorous interview process is then conducted to select the most appropriate candidate for the advertised position.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (3rd program):

Students are given an orientation of sustainability (introductory concepts as per Sustainability Strategy) with additional workshops available (Anti-Oppression and Sustainability, understanding McGill's organizational structure, Sustainability Projects Fund, Applied Student Research toolkit, etc.)


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):

Funding for the intern positions is provided by McGill (through the MOOS budget, Work Study Programme, Arts Internship Office, etc.)


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:

http://ecoleproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/ECOLE-McGill-and-Sustainability-at-McGill.pdf

ECOLE brings together McGill students, faculty and staff and Montreal community members in the pursuit of sustainable living. They conduct applied student research, provide alternative education programming, and believe in experiential learning. Most of all, ECOLE is an ongoing experiment that strives to be a model of urban sustainable living. After three years of development, ECOLE launched its pilot year in 2014.


Total number of hours student educators are engaged in peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education activities annually (all programs):
640

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Headcounts of degree-seeking students taken from Enrolment Services Fall 2014 Report (For All Students (Credit))

Number of hours ECOLE educators (2) are engaged in peer-to-peer outreach in 8 months: 640

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