Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.79
Liaison Ryan Chabot
Submission Date April 23, 2024

STARS v2.2

University of Central Florida
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.33 / 4.00 Ryan Chabot
Sustainability Coordinator
Arboretum and Sustainability Initiatives
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Number of students enrolled for credit:
68,442

Total number of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
68,442

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

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Arboretum: Learning by Leading

A brief description of the student educators program (1st program):
The Arboretum: Learning by Leading(LxL) program is based on the notion that students learn best by leading, and it includes a stepped leadership progression that moves students from participants to active leaders and co-creators of Arboretum programs. Under the guidance of a staff mentor, co-coordinator teams manage student interns and volunteers to execute program initiatives and signature projects. Co-coordinators are paid and trained by their supervisors. The Arboretum holds a specific training day before the start of each semester.
Examples of projects include; maintaining pollinator gardens throughout campus, running community gardens and donating produce to the campus food pantry, and developing land and storm water management plans. Outreach events are also done such as an Arbor Day Celebration, World Water Day Photo Contest, STEM Day, etc.

A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (1st program):
The target audience is University of Central Florida's undergraduate and graduate students. Many Arboretum LxL teams work with student government to develop events to increase their outreach audience campus wide. These include:

Earth Day Cleanup: This event was a part of Earth Justice Week which encouraged students to clean up and appreciate the nature around campus.
Mindfulness Garden: Student government worked with the Urban Horticulture team to install a tea garden for students to utilize.
Green Assembly: Student Government and the Sustainability Initiatives team run these biweekly meetings to provide a space for students to get involved with sustainability on campus.

Number of trained student educators (1st program):
19

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (1st program):
30

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (1st program):
8

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (1st program):
4,560

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (1st program):
Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
LEAD Scholars

A brief description of the student educators program (2nd program):
LEAD Scholars is a two-year leadership development program that offers academic and co-curricular opportunities for students to increase their leadership skills. The program is also a service-learning HIP program with all LDR classes requiring service-learning. Peer mentors are trained in a full day training prior to the fall semester and also take a LDR 3215 peer mentor class in the fall where they learn how to be peer mentors then serve as teaching assistants in LDR 2001 classes with first-year students and do 1:1 meetings, service opportunities and social activities with the first-year students they are assigned to. Members of this program are involved in many volunteer and outreach events that involve sustainability. This includes volunteering at local zoos and the UCF Arboretum.

A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (2nd program):
The target audience are engaged students who value leadership, service and academics. University of Central Florida's undergraduate students are targeted.

Number of trained student educators (2nd program):
15

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (2nd program):
16

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (2nd program):
6

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (2nd program):
1,440

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (2nd program):
Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
UCF Outdoor Adventure

A brief description of the student educators program (3rd program):
Outdoor Adventure is a program within the Recreation and Wellness, intended to introduce UCF Students to outdoor education and activities. There are five program areas within OA, all of which employ student educators to facilitate experiences and provide education to patrons: Lake Claire Recreation Area, the Climbing Tower, the Challenge Course, Adventure Trips, and the Outdoor Adventure Center. All program area staff are trained on general information together when they start (like professionalism and customer service) and then area-specific information through a series of routine semester trainings and monthly inservices. Some examples of peer-to-peer education include Climbing Tower staff instructing belay classes for patrons and Trip Leaders instructing groups of participants about the proper way to pack their canoe for an overnight camping trip on the Wekiva river. This program's mission is to make wilderness outings accessible to students and provide peer education about safety and proper equipment handling.

A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (3rd program):
The target audience for Outdoor Adventure is current UCF students.

Number of trained student educators (3rd program):
85

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (3rd program):
47

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (3rd program):
8

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (3rd program):
31,960

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:
EXCEL aims to increase student success in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) during the transition to university life by connecting UCF students, faculty, and staff in STEM disciplines, and creating a learning community to support discovery and engagement. Science and Engineering subjects require that students have a strong mathematics foundation. EXCEL is structured to help students hone their math skills to easily master material in their STEM discipline and gain access to critical path courses for a timely graduation.

Peer-to-peer education within EXCEL is provided through the GEMS (Girls EXCELing in Math and Science) and COMPASS (Convincing Outstanding Math Potential Admits to Succeed in STEM) mentoring programs, Calculus Learning Assistants and PeerKnights Coaching. Each participate in a structured training program. GEMS and COMPASS have three days of training and team building during the semester prior to mentoring and on-going bi-weekly meetings during the terms of service. Learning Assistants receive pedagogical training on student learning and course content in mathematics throughout the term(s) of service. PeerKnights Coaches (PKC) participate in a 20 hour week long training before their term or service and on-going bi-weekly trainings from the PKC and EXCEL teams

Number of trained student educators (all other programs):
51

Number of weeks, on average, the student educators programs are active annually (all other programs):
30

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per student educator (all other programs) :
5

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (all other programs):
7,650

Grand total number of hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators (all programs):
45,610

Hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators per student served by a peer-to-peer program:
0.67

Website URL where information about the student sustainability educators programs is available:
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