Peer Educators For Sexual/Relationship Violence Prevention and Healthy Relationships

About the Program

The University of San Diego Peer Educators for Sexual/Relationship Violence Prevention and Healthy Relationships are a group of undergraduate students who serve in a formal role providing education and resources to the USD community related to healthy relationships as well as sexual assault and relationship violence prevention. Peer Educators work closely with the Center for Health and Wellness Promotion and the Women's Center. Participants receive comprehensive training regarding healthy relationships, sexual and dating violence prevention, education, and outreach that they utilize in presenting outreaches and presentations to the USD community. Peer Educators are students deeply interested in dedicating spaces to educating students about healthy relationships, creating conversations about gender roles and socialization, and shifting cultural norms that perpetuate sexual and dating violence on campus.

Peer Educators are required to attend an initial 2-day training session at the beginning of the semester and will participate in on-going training and continuing education throughout the semester. The Peer Educator positions are semester-long appointments with opportunity for extensions and preference given to those interested in at least two semesters of service. The role requires an average of 4-6 hours of work per week including but not limited to outreach, marketing, peer advising, peer facilitation, presenting, tabling, and administrative tasks. 

Peer Educators are a private but not confidential resource to students impacted by sexual misconduct or relationship violence. Peer Educators are considered mandated reporters upon the start of their appointment and must report any incidents of sexual misconduct or relationship violence that they learn of to a CARE Advocate. Peers take responsible steps to preserve an individual's privacy and protect the privacy of information shared with them. 

Applications to serve as a Peer Educator for the Fall 2018 semester will be available in March. 

To learn more about the Peer Education program and becoming involved, please contact the Center for Health and Wellness Promotion at (619) 260 - 4618 or chwp@sandiego.edu.

To learn more about sexual assault resources available at USD please visit the Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE) website.  For information on Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence Reporting and Response Standards and Protocols at USD, please visit the Office of Ethical Development and Restorative Practices.

If you or someone you know has been impacted by sexual assault, exploitation, harassment, and/or partner violence, you can contact a trained CARE Advocate 24 hours a day by calling 619-260-2222 or by finding one on the CARE website.

Peer Educator Outreach Request

Interested in inviting the Peer Educators for Healthy Relationships and Sexual/Relationship Violence Prevention to speak with your student organization, class, or other group? Please complete the Student Wellness Presentation Request Form and look for the Peer Educator options in the topic drop down menu.

Current Presentation topics include:

  • Healthy Relationships
  • Bystander Intervention
  • Supporting a Survivor
  • Media Literacy

The Peer Educators are always open to customizing a presentation for a group and to forming new partnerships for programs, events, and other educational opportunities. Please e-mail chwp@sandiego.edu if you are interested in exploring a custom presentation or a collaboration.