Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.65
Liaison John Gardner
Submission Date Nov. 27, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Kate Nelson
Chief Sustainability Officer
Office of Sustainability
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
24,955

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):
24,955

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

Name of the student educators program:
Environmental Sustainability Mentorship Committee

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
24,955

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

Student Association committee to mentor and fund both undergraduate and graduate students through campus sustainability projects. As projects are proposed, students collaborate with faculty and staff to become well-informed on the particular sustainability topic in order to better guide fellow students through project implementation.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

Students apply online through student governance.


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

Preparation involves training on our governance process and reviewing the rubric for evaluating student project ideas.


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):

Supported by segregated fees, typically ~$17,000 per year


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Peer Mentors

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
2,896

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

Peer Mentors provide first-year students with the support they need to succeed. Every first-year student is assigned a Peer Mentor who works to support them. They work to further develop a student’s skills in order to promote their success at UWM. Peer Mentors help guide students towards resources on campus that fit their needs, walk them through their experiences, and form meaningful relationships. Mentors specifically address academic, social, extracurricular, and professional topics with their students. Mentors complete their work by communicating with students, meeting with them in person, and through work in some first-year courses.

Provide first-year students with the support they need to succeed
Develop skills related to academic and personal success
Listen to students’ problems
Lead students to helpful resources on campus Cover many areas of life: academic, social, extracurricular, and professional
Communicate with students monthly
Meet with students on as needs basis
Support students in first-year courses


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

Hiring process with interviews.


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

New Peer Mentors go through 40-hours of paid training that prepares them to meet the needs of our diverse campus.


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):

Paid student employees, $9/hour. # of mentors varies by semester.


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 the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (3rd program):
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A brief description of how the student educators are selected (3rd program):
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A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (3rd 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) (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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Programs reach and support undergraduate and graduate students.

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