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Application

Click here to apply to be a Diversity Peer Educator.

The application will close on December 5, 2022 at 11:59 p.m., however the priority deadline is October 21 at 11:59 p.m. If you would like more information about the DPE program or the application process please contact ru.dpe@rutgers.edu.

Eligibility

  • Be a full-time Rutgers University–New Brunswick student
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75
  • Be in good academic and judicial standing at the time of application and for the duration of their employment
Responsibilities
  • Organize and execute at least 4 workshops/sessions per semester
  • Develop and facilitate an open dialogue session
  • Attend bi-weekly DPE meetings
  • Participate in social media campaigns
  • Be available for other duties as needed such as open/drop in hours, planning meetings, professional development sessions, and scheduled retreats

 

DPEs will utilize their training in basic facilitation skills to engage participants in brave conversations. They will guide debrief discussions on a chosen topic and challenge participants to take what is learned into their communities across campus.

Required Training

DPEs must complete a 1.5 Spring course and online summer training modules.

Spring Course Requirement

The DPEs will go through a curriculum-based training course in order to prepare for their role. This training will be a 7-week mandatory 1.5 credit P/NC course that will meet once a week for 80 minutes from week of March – May. The course will be a series of activities, discussions, readings and writings used to expand the knowledge of systemic and systematic oppression of traditionally marginalized identity groups and develop facilitation skills. At the completion of the course, DPEs will work to develop programs for their respective functional areas.

Compensation

DPEs will receive a stipend of $660/semester ($1320/year).

DPEs will have the opportunity to utilize the required class and experiences as a DPE in their pursuit of a social justice minor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

The Social Justice Minor is designed to introduce students to the complexity of social justice issues, cultivate their capacity to identify key determinants of structural inequities, familiarize them with various social justice practices and strategies, and prepare them for advocacy and activism to address these pressing issues.

DPEs will have the opportunity to utilize the required class and experiences as a DPE in their pursuit of a social justice minor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. The Social Justice Minor is designed to introduce students to the complexity of social justice issues, cultivate their capacity to identify key determinants of structural inequities, familiarize them with various social justice practices and strategies, and prepare them for advocacy and activism to address these pressing issues.

The Social Justice Minor draws upon resources in multiple academic units, disciplines, and interdisciplinary programs to involve students in ongoing struggles to define and achieve social justice locally and globally. Through individual courses that incorporate service learning, as well as internships, study-abroad and alternative spring break experiences, students are encouraged to recognize injustice and work to eradicate it. Among the manifold dimensions of injustice, the social justice minor pays particular attention to modes of exploitation, marginalization, structural and physical violence, and cultural imperialism that produce systems of advantage and disadvantage. Students who complete the 18 credit program will learn to think analytically, integrate social justice theory and practice, identify structural constraints and trace their operation across social, economic, political, cultural, and environmental terrains, understand the effects of various social and economic policies on the scope and intensification of inequality, and grasp the complex interrelation of local and global justice issues. More information can be found here.

Other Opportunities

Interested in developing your cultural competencies and ability to have difficult conversations:

Take the DPE Course!

Adapted from the social change model, this course challenges its participants to engage in difficult conversations, challenge inequity in systems and create a learning session for peers to engage in a passion project area centered on a social justice topic.

If you are a student leader or aspiring student leader this course can help you develop your skills in leading discussions about identity topics. As we center traditionally marginalized identities the course uses reflective writing, historical frameworks and discussion techniques to create learning opportunities that facilitate socially just practices.

Use this course toward a Social Justice Minor!  

Contact Us

The Diversity Peer Educators program is coordinated through the Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities and the Department of Residence Life.

Darnell Thompson, Assistant Director of Education, The Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities
ru.dpe@rutgers.edu, for general questions and inquiries.

View the Student Affairs Diversity Statement