Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.01
Liaison Connie Norton
Submission Date Oct. 29, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Simon Fraser University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Landon Hoyt
Community Engagement Coordinator
SFU Sustainability Office
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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:
30,182

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
SFU Sustainability Peer Educators

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (1st program):
30,182

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

Sustainability Peer Educators specifically work to promote ongoing initiatives developed by various working groups through Sustainable SFU and the SFU Sustainability Office. These working groups include Carbon Neutral Project, Zero Waste, Mobility and Transit Project, Local Food Project, and Sustainability Communications & Engagement. Each Sustainability Peer Educator will assist with their work group in the form of researching, organizing, and planning for events, assist the group with marketing for events or programs, and conducting other work as needed.


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

Sustainability Peer Educators apply through the SFU Peer Education Program. Applications from those interested in becoming Sustainability Peers are reviewed by staff from the SFU Sustainability Office and Sustainable SFU. They are then interviewed and if selected, sign on to a full school-year commitment as Peer Educators.


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

All new Peer Educators are expected to attend mandatory training sessions in order to provide them with the tools and skills needed to fulfill the duties of their role as a Sustainability Peer Educator, including effective communication, resource familiarization and ethics. Three training sessions take place throughout their term: Core Training - full day required for all Peer Educators; Specific Training - Half day required for Sustainability Peers only that covers specific communication around sustainability and orientation to the structure of sustainability at SFU; and Mid-Year Training - full day in January required for all Peer Educators.


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

The Sustainability Peer Education program is one piece of the larger Peer Education program at SFU. This program has been successful for about 5 years now, and 2013-2014 was the second year for Sustainability Peers. The larger program has five other groups including peer educators in Career, Health, English as an Additional Language, Learning and Writing, and Engagement.
Peer Education is a twofold program. It simultaneously supports the larger SFU community through peer-to-peer assistance in six areas, while providing a structured personal and professional development program for its volunteers.
There are two levels of participation within Peer Education: Peer Educators and Peer Coaches. All current SFU students can apply to be a Peer Educator in any of the six areas, while returning Peer Educators have the opportunity to take on a mentorship role within the program as a Peer Coach.


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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):
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Enrollment data is for the 2013/2014 year and is available here:
http://www.sfu.ca/content/dam/sfu/irp/enrollment/EnrollmentDashboard/documents/ug.enrol.report.2013.2014.pdf
and through the Institutional Research and Planning Fingertip Statistics: http://www.sfu.ca/irp/fingertip-statistics.html

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