Diversity Peer Educators

About the Diversity Peer Educator Program

Diversity Peer Educators (DPEs) consist of Rutgers–New Brunswick students committed to educating their peers on topics of diversity, inclusion, and social justice. DPEs serve as a resource, and provide workshops and educational sessions. These session topics will be tailored to educating students on identity development, race, class, gender, sexuality, abilities, and more. DPEs are trained to facilitate inclusive and brave conversations. DPEs are an integral part of enhancing our student affairs commitment to building inclusive communities across the New Brunswick campus.

Request a Diversity Peer Education Workshop

Rutgers community members (students, faculty, staff) may request Diversity Peer Educators to facilitate a workshop about the following topics by submitting a program request form. Questions can be directed to ru.dpe@rutgers.edu.

 Power & Privilege

This session will allow students to separate the terms power and privilege and learn what they mean in relation to their own identity. Through thoughtful reflection and discussion students will come away from this session with knowledge on how they can use the power they have to fight oppression and internal/external biases.

Race in America

This session will discuss how racial identities play a big role in our society. Students will discuss the first time they noticed racial differences and how those earliest messages shape their thoughts and views today. Students will leave the space learning how they can use what they have learned to help those that face discrimination in their daily lives.

Gender in Society: Trans Identity

This session will create a space for students to have a dialogue regarding transgender identity and transphobia. Students in this session will walk away with a greater understanding of gender identity, what it means to be Trans, and the various forms of biases and transphobia that are ingrained in American culture and society.

Gender in Society: Feminism

This session will challenge beliefs around what feminism looks like, who it is for, and why it is important by looking at it through a critical lens. Students will partake in an engaging discussion on topics around feminism such as gender roles and expectations, groups that have been historically left out of the feminist movement, and how toxic masculinity and toxic femininity play into these perceptions.

Immigration in America

This session will take a step back to look at the roots of immigration in the US to learn in what ways this narrative has changed in today’s society. Students will come away from this session with a different perspective of what immigration in the United States looks like and learn ways to challenge the current narrative around immigration.

Diversity in the Media

This session will take a look at representation in the media and the biases that are perpetuated in the content. An understanding of tokenism, queerbaiting and whitewashing will be center to the discussion as we reflect on the aspects of media history.

Mental Health & You

This session will highlight the importance of mental health wile unpacking some of the stigmas and on-gong discrimination practices. Resources about mental health help will also be shared.

Police Brutality

This session will talk about the different types of police brutality and who it adversely affects in our society. A discussion will be lead on the nuances of this topic in our society.

Diversity Across Faith, Religion & Justice

This session will explore how different faiths represent themselves and how faith-based institutions are viewed in society.

America: An Indigenous & Native Land

This session will explore the history of the land we occupy. Through this exploration we will unpack colonization practices and the impacts it had and continues to have on Native folks.

Courageous Conversations

This is an opportunity for you hold an open discussion session where you can work with us to develop a facilitated dialogue on a current event topic. We will follow up on your ideas to coordinate this session.

Request a Workshop

Apply to be a Diversity Peer Educator


The application for the DPE program is now closed. The application will open in Fall 2020. If you would like more information about the DPE program or the application process please contact ru.dpe@rutgers.edu.


  • 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
  • Organize and execute at least 4 workshops/sessions per semester
  • Develop and facilitate an open dialogue session
  • Attend bi-weekly DPE meetings
  • Attend a 1-hour bi-weekly meeting with supervisor
  • 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 engaging participants in brave conversations. They will guide debrief discussions around the activity and how the participants can take what is learned into their communities across campus.

Programs and workshops will consist of activities and dialogues focused around providing participants opportunities for reflection and sharing of lived experiences. Participants will debrief in small groups to allow greater understanding of experiences of other participants.

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.

The DPEs will be assigned one of two tracks at the conclusion of training.
  • The Social Justice Education (SJE) track will predominantly work with a request-based system educating student groups on selected training materials.
  • The Residence Life track will have requirements to facilitate social justice based workshops and hold drop-in hours in the residence hall community.
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.

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.

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.

Keywuan Caulk, Director, The Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities
Darnell Thompson, Coordinator of Diversity Education & Outreach, Department of Residence Life
ru.dpe@rutgers.edu, for general questions and inquiries.

View the Student Affairs Diversity Statement