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Submission Date Oct. 24, 2022

STARS v2.2

Université de Sherbrooke
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Luc Sauvé
Director General
Student Services
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Number of students enrolled for credit:
12,063

Total number of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
12,063

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
100

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Équipe ambassadrice en gestion des matières résiduelles (GMR) [EN: Waste Management Ambassador Team]

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

The Waste Management Ambassador Team of the Université de Sherbrooke has a key role in training and raising awareness of good practices in this area within the university community.

All individuals who act as waste management ambassadors are required to take a detailed training course offered by the Université de Sherbrooke, which covers the principles and issues of waste management, the state of the art in Québec in this area, specific waste sorting practices on campuses bins, as well as information and tips for raising awareness among peers. This training is offered three times a year in order to facilitate the integration of new people into the ambassador team.

The student ambassadors are present on all university campuses, where they accompany and answer questions from their peers regarding the proper management of residual materials. They also organize awareness and educational events for the entire student community, and support student groups that organize events in order to encourage the implementation of good practices.

For more information about the Waste Management Ambassador Team, see also: https://www.usherbrooke.ca/actualites/nouvelles/details/46204


A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (1st program):

The entire student body.


Number of trained student educators (1st program):
26

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (1st program):
52

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (1st program):
0.50

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (1st program):
676

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (1st program):
Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
The Équipe verte des Résidences [EN: Green Team of the Residences]

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

The mandate of the Green Team of the Université de Sherbrooke residences is to improve sustainable development practices in the daily life of the University residences. The team is made up of four people who live in the residences and who have interests and expertise, through their training or internships, focused on sustainable development. The Green Team members are hired each semester but continue the work of their predecessors to ensure the sustainability and continuity of the projects that are carried out over time.

The Green Team is financially supported by the Vice-rectorat à l’administration et au développement durable (VRADD) [EN: Office of the Vice-President, Administration and Sustainable Development], the Fonds d'appui à l'engagement étudiant (FAEE) [EN: Student Engagement Support Fund] and Campus Durable [EN: Sustainable Campus] via the Fonds de soutien aux projets de développement durable (FSPDD) [EN: Support funds for sustainable development projects], and supported and accompanied by the management of the residences in the realization of the projects. The members of the team work to educate and sensitize their peers on three principal axes in connection with the sustainable issues of life in the residences:

1) Sorting of residual materials: how to dispose of different materials in the appropriate bins
2) Recovery and reuse: how to increase the quantity of recovered and reused materials
3) Other eco-responsible behaviours: tips and tricks to reduce water and electricity consumption, planting of a garden, organization of a clean-up day around the residences, etc.

In order to adequately respond to the questions of the residents, the members of the Green Team receive various training sessions: ecoresponsible residences training, J'ose transformer weekend [EN: I dare to transform weekend] training offered by Accélérateur entrepreneurial Desjardins [EN: Desjardins Business Accelerator] on project management, training on communication through workshops offered by Sustainable Campus and its partners, in addition to their academic and practical training in sustainable development. A permanent Green Team working specifically in the residences is necessary to meet the growing needs of the institution in terms of ecoresponsibility.

For more information about the Green Team of the Residences, see also: https://www.facebook.com/EquipeVerteSherbrooke/posts/1602108726665345/


A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (2nd program):

Students living in the residences.


Number of trained student educators (2nd program):
4

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (2nd program):
26

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (2nd program):
4

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (2nd program):
416

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (2nd program):
Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
Pair-Mission [EN: Mission Peer]

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

The Pair-Mission is a network of peer helpers that aims to promote the well-being of students at the Université de Sherbrooke. It promotes a culture of caring and mutual aid in which each student gives themselves “permission” to ask for help when needed.

Members of the Pair-Mission listen to students, provide information about resources available to them, and raise awareness about mental health issues. That way, students who feel the need can call on them in complete confidentiality by making an appointment online, whether it is to obtain support during a particularly stressful or difficult period or to discuss a problem that concerns them. The members of Pair-Mission also maintain a very interesting Facebook page, particularly in terms of psychological health education (https://www.facebook.com/la.pair.mission/).

The peer helpers of the Pair-Mission are students trained in welcoming, listening, and guiding people to the right resources. This three-day training course aims to ensure that peer helpers develop the basic skills needed in helping relationships (active listening, reformulation, conscious communication, etc.) as well as an in-depth knowledge of the services and resources available to the student community. This training allows them to understand their role, and also its limits.

By offering such an accompaniment and support service to the students, and by breaking the isolation and taboos related to mental health, the Pair-Mission contributes significantly to the well-being and quality of life on campuses. It is thus directly in line with the UN's Good Health and Well-Being, Sustainable Development Goal, which is to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.


A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (3rd program):

The entire student body.


Number of trained student educators (3rd program):
25

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (3rd program):
52

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (3rd program):
3

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (3rd program):
3,900

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (3rd program):
A brief description of all other student peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs:

RUCHE CAMPUS [EN: CAMPUS BEEHIVE]

Led by a group of students from different faculties, the Ruche Campus student group aims in particular to raise awareness among the university community and the public about the issues related to the presence of pollinators in urban areas, as well as to contribute to the biodiversity of pollinating insects and melliferous plants.

Ruche Campus therefore organizes numerous awareness-raising activities, including a peer-education program delivered by four of its members who are trained in beekeeping.

First, the Ruche Campus team organizes theoretical training to introduce participants to the world of beekeeping and to help them better understand bees. This training is offered twice a year to the entire university community as well as to the off-campus community. Ten students who are members of Ruche Campus as well as other students benefit from it each year. Then, the ten student members of the Ruche Campus who have completed the theoretical training follow a practical training to become experts in beekeeping. The practical training lasts 20 hours.

https://ruchecampus.wordpress.com/formation-en-apiculture/

https://www.usherbrooke.ca/developpement-durable/campus/amenagements/ruches-sur-le-campus-principal

GUIDES DE L'UDES [EN: WELCOME GUIDES OF THE UNIVERSITÉ DE SHERBROOKE]

The goal of the Guides de l'UdeS program is to facilitate the integration of international students newly admitted to the University by offering them personalized accompaniment, support, and guidance in their first steps on Québec soil. Thus, the people who act as guides provide information and make international students aware of the resources available to them and the way of life on the campuses, particularly in terms of the deep culture of sustainable development. They help them get their bearings and feel comfortable by accompanying them as they learn and discover Québec culture. Over time, these encounters allow for an enriching cultural exchange for all those involved in the program and, often, forge bonds of friendship.

The Welcome Guides of the Université de Sherbrooke are chosen on the basis of their openness, their commitment, their sensitivity to intercultural and international issues, and their ability to listen and empathize. In addition to the initial training, they are offered ongoing support in the form of weekly group meetings to discuss and find solutions to the technical and human challenges they encounter. The Guides are present in all faculties and are matched, via the WhatsApp application, to all international students who obtain a positive admission response to the Université de Sherbrooke.

The Université de Sherbrooke Guides program promotes the social integration of international students and improves their quality of life, both on and off campus. It is a concrete example of the open atmosphere that prevails on campuses and contributes to the transmission of values that are dear to the Université de Sherbrooke, and thus to the vitality of several important social aspects of sustainable development.

By facilitating the integration of international students into their new living environment, the Welcome Guides program definitely aims to improve their well-being and quality of life. It is thus in line with the UN's Good Health and Well-Being Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), which is to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. The Welcome program also supports the tenth UN’s SDG, namely to Reduce inequality within and among countries: it directly promotes the social inclusion of these students from various origins (in line with the target 10.2), and contributes to equal opportunity for instance by making them aware of the many resources available to them (in line with the target 10.3).

https://www.usherbrooke.ca/international/fr/etudiants-internationaux/guide-accueil/accueil-a-sherbrooke/accompagnement

https://www.usherbrooke.ca/international/fr/etudiants-internationaux/guide-accueil/demarches-pre-depart/guides-de-udes

CLÉ DE VOS DROITS [EN: KEY FOR YOUR RIGHTS]

The Clé de vos droits is a peer education program that provides socio-legal support to the entire university student community, as well as to the off-campus population (note: only the hours invested with the student community are considered here).

The services of the Clé de vos droits are offered on a volunteer basis by student interns enrolled in a clinical activity at the Université de Sherbrooke's Bachelor of Laws. Concretely, in terms of peer education, the interns of the Clé de vos droits provide legal information, particularly in relation to the laws governing certain situations, the options available, and the explanations of certain legal documents. Video capsules have also been produced on the court accompaniment service they offer (https://youtu.be/e5Akv3PU0Ig) as well as on how to address small claims (https://youtu.be/-t712qTV0F0).

In order to become interns at the Clé de vos droits, students apply on the faculty’s website and are invited for interviews. They are supervised by a jurist coordinator from the Faculty of Law, with the assistance of jurists from the faculty’s private practice partners. Interns attend team meetings twice a week and participate in practical training at each session.

By offering such a service of accompaniment and support to students in the legal field, the Clé de vos droits contributes in a very significant way to access to justice for all students. It is thus directly in line with the UN's Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions Sustainable Development Goal, which is to promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies.

https://www.usherbrooke.ca/droit/etudiants/cliniques-juridiques/cle-de-vos-droits/


Number of trained student educators (all other programs):
39

Number of weeks, on average, the student educators programs are active annually (all other programs):
39.67

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per student educator (all other programs) :
3.33

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (all other programs):
7,964

Grand total number of hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators (all programs):
12,956

Hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators per student served by a peer-to-peer program:
1.07

Website URL where information about the student sustainability educators programs is available:
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The total number of students (12,063) considered in this credit has been established in accordance with the STARS Help Center (https://stars.aashe.org/resources-support/help-center/report-preface/academics-and-demographics/) : "... number of students enrolled for credit figure is relevant to the Student Educators Program credit (for which non-credit, continuing education, part-time, and/or graduate students may be excluded)."

Therefore, the total number of students is made up of the predominant student body and includes all full-time undergraduate students enrolled for credit. This data was compiled for the financial year from 1 May 2021 to 30 April 2022, consistent with the information reported for this credit. The reference period used for this credit is not the same as the data presented in credit PRE5, which represents the year 2020-2021.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.