Peer Facilitation Program
The Stanford Peer Facilitation Program is born out of the expressed needs and interest by both undergraduate and graduate Stanford students to engage in structured conversations and learning experiences around Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) with their peers in their respective student-based spaces-- organizations and dorms.
This academic year, the Stanford Office for Inclusion, Belonging and Intergroup Communication is launching a student-based Peer Facilitation program to address this need. The goal is to create a network of students who are Equity & Inclusion specialists, a network of students who are aligned with Stanford’s presidential initiative, IDEAL (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access in a Learning Environment), and VPSA’s OMIW (Our Most Important Work), educating and positively influencing other students around DEIJ issues, on the ground. The research of Wenhao David Huang, Associate Professor of Education, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and other scholars supports the power of peer and near-peer education to positively impact students' comprehension and retention of educational materials. In many ways, this approach is fundamental to extending high-quality DEIJ education to students at Stanford University. The program is modeled after the Common Ground peer facilitation program at the University of Michigan, where peer facilitators train other students on social identity and systemic power. Our program will utilize promising practices from Common Ground, but a majority of the programming content is customized for Stanford students.
The mission of the Stanford Peer Facilitation Program is to nurture equitable student communities at Stanford University through peer-led explorations of social identity and power. Our goal is to create a cohort of student leaders who foster a campus culture where every student feels seen, heard, and valued.
Learning Objectives and Outcomes
Increase and improve intergroup relations
Develop critical thinking in regards to socio-cultural differences and positionality
Gain a more nuanced understanding of diversity, inclusion, belonging, and equity
Advance understanding of power and resistance in relation to systemic oppression
Provide useful frameworks and scaffolding for allyship, coalition-building and solidarity
The co-curricular program includes two quarters of learning and development-- Winter and Spring 2022. The program will launch with a full-day retreat during the first week of winter quarter. For the remainder of winter quarter, IBIC professional and student staff will lead weekly, two-hour sessions, over yummy food, on equity-based facilitation basics. We will gather each week to grow our skills and to build community. During spring quarter, in addition to weekly gatherings, trainees will co-facilitate supervised DEIJ workshops with student groups and organizations. The objective of this year’s program is to produce 10 new peer facilitators for the Fall 2022.
During the program, trainees will receive a stipend of $500 per quarter. Trainees who advance to peer facilitators will become IBIC staff, earning an hourly wage of $17.50.
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