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Overall Score 68.06
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Submission Date June 18, 2014
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University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Brian Kermath
Sustainability Director
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:
11,700

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Sustainability Advisors, http://www.housing.uwosh.edu/get-involved/leadership-opportunities/eco-rep-1

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (1st program):
3,200

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

Sustainability Advisers conduct peer-to-peer education in residence halls. Activities include green room certification, green lifestyle certification, educating residents about energy and water conservation, recycling, recruiting participants for events and trips, and promoting green initiatives on campus including Earth Week, Earth Charter, Social Justice and fair trade.


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

Sustainability advisors are hired by the Department of Residence Life. Students submit an application and are selected for telephone and face-to-face interviews with staff from Residence Life and the Sustainability Office.


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

Students receive 1 week of initial training in peer-to-peer education, job requirements, effective methods of engaging students to take action, understanding the staff and resources available for programming, and sustainability basics. Bi-weekly meetings from September-May provide time for additional training (e.g., specific sustainability topics) and reinforcement.


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

The program is co-supervised by an Assistant Director of Residence Life and the Director of Sustainability. A sustainability intern serves as a student liaison between the Sustainability Office and Res Life and helps with program assessment. Funding for SA stipends is split between Residence Life and the Office of Sustainability. Funding for supplies are provided by a range of sources including Residence Life, Sustainability and student fee funds depending on the projects that sustainability advisers initiate. An estimate of total program cost is about $15,000 per year.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Sustainability Advisors, dining

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
4,500

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

Sustainability Advisers conduct peer-to-peer education for dining services. Activities include Meatless Mondays, Fair Trade Fridays, educating residents about healthy food, organic waste management, and promoting green initiatives on campus.


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

Sustainability Advisers are hired by the Department of Dining Services. Students submit an application and are selected for telephone and face-to-face interviews with staff from Dining and the Sustainability Office.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (2nd program):

Students receive 1 week of initial training in peer-to-peer education, job requirements, effective methods of engaging students to take action, understanding the staff and resources available for programming, and sustainability basics. Bi-weekly meetings from September-May provide time for additional training (e.g., specific sustainability topics) and reinforcement.


A brief description of the financial or other support the institution provides to the program (2nd program):

The program is supervised by the Director of Dining Services. Funding for Dining SAs is split between Dining and the Office of Sustainability. Funding for supplies are provided by a range of sources including Residence Life, Sustainability and student fee funds depending on the projects that sustainability advisers initiate. An estimate of total program cost is about $5,000 per year.


Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
Peer-mentors for the University Studies Program. http://www.uwosh.edu/usp/peer-mentors/peer-mentors

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (3rd program):
4,000

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

Peer Mentors at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
UW Oshkosh has made a commitment to ensuring that every first-year student has a Peer Mentor to help guide them through the first semester of college life. Peer Mentors serve in every Quest I class and are excited to be part of the University Studies Program! All incoming Freshman take Quest 1 courses.

Our Quest I Peer Mentor program has four basic goals:
1.) Help first-year students transition from high school to college life.
2.) Connect students to resources on campus that will help them succeed.
3.) Engage first-year students with the campus and the greater Oshkosh community.
4.) Foster a sense of connection to both the campus and fellow UW Oshkosh students, staff, and faculty.


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

Peer Mentors are students who are trained and ready to help first-year students become familiar with academic life at UW Oshkosh. They have been chosen by faculty because of their success as a student and leader on campus.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (3rd program):

Training includes:
1) How to help first-year students transition from high school to college life.
2) How to connect students to resources on campus that will help them succeed.
3) Learning the community to help engage first-year students with the campus and the greater Oshkosh community.
4) Fostering a sense of connection to both the campus and fellow UW Oshkosh students, staff, and faculty.


A brief description of the financial or other support the institution provides to the program (3rd program):

Support for the program comes from the Provosts office and includes a $500 stipend to Peer-mentors.


Name(s) of the student educator program(s) (all other programs):
Health advocates in the residence halls, http://www.uwosh.edu/health_center/services/health-advocates

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by all other student educator programs:
3,200

A brief description of the program(s), including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (all other programs):

Advise students on making wise health decisions.


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Total number of hours student educators are engaged in peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education activities annually:
240

The website URL for the peer-to-peer student outreach and education program(s):

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