Social Change Peer Educators

The Social Change Peer Educator Team engages undergraduate students as peer educators on the outcomes of diversity, inclusion, identity, and leadership. Peer educators are trained to facilitate a variety of workshops for campus partners and student organizations on behalf of the Center for Leadership & Social Change.

As Social Change Peer Educators, students:

  • Commit to understanding the multiple layers of our identity and the identities of others
  • Create a campus environment that encourages awareness of social issues
  • Identify and facilitate leadership learning as a process
  • Employ dialogue skills about and across difference

Request a workshop, training or presentation

The Social Change Peer Educator Team offers Level 1, Level 2, and Special Topic workshops. For full impact, we recommend allotting 60 minutes for the requested session. Following the approval of the workshop, requester should have at least five confirmed participants at least a week prior to the scheduled date.

We encourage requests to be submitted at least three weeks in advance, as we may be unable to fulfill requests sent without sufficient notice.

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Current offerings

Level 1 Workshops

Dialogue 101 – After distinguishing between debate and dialogue, participants will discuss controversial topics across their differences of opinion. Through this workshop, participants will reflect on and apply strategies for healthy dialogue that lead to a shared learning experience.

Diversity and Inclusion – What exactly do “diversity” and “inclusion” mean? How do these terms apply to your current role as a campus leader? Participants will work through these questions and recognize the importance of more diverse and inclusive spaces in learning.

Identity 101 – Identity is the starting place for personal development. Participants will explore the complex layers of personal and social identities. Participants will also define their own identities and dialogue about their similarities and differences in order to be better prepared to approach the leadership process.

Leadership 101 – “Am I a leader?” Traditional perceptions of leadership will be challenged to make way for a more accessible approach to leadership efficacy, one that participants can apply to both their future leadership experiences and their daily lives.

Level 2 Workshops

Becoming a Change Agent – “What can I do to make a difference in my community?” Participants will walk through the process of narrowing their passions, identifying a tangible change goal, and recognizing the value of relationships in creating change in their community.

Identity 201 – Building on Identity 101, this workshop addresses societal advantages that may be associated with our social identities. Participants will learn to recognize how some identities may afford greater social power and privilege than others, in order to be more prepared to challenge systems of oppression and engage with people who have different identities from themselves.

Leadership 201 – Building on Leadership 101, this workshop allows participants to further explore their leadership efficacy. Participants will explore the theory and practice of ethical leadership, and identify how they can apply these lessons to their leadership development at FSU.

Social Change Model – Participants will identify their personal and group values and develop an understanding of the Social Change Model (SCM) of Leadership and Development. Participants will also explore leadership assumptions related to the SCM, and apply the SCM values to their work on an individual, group, and community/society level.

Social Justice – Participants will critically examine their identities, as well as their beliefs and assumptions about others, in order to improve their skills in social justice allyship. Participants will explore how people are socialized to perceive the intersections of race, class, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and many other social identities, to identify ways to break out of the Cycle of Socialization.

Special Topics

We recommend participants complete a level 1 workshop before a special topic workshop.

Microaggressions – Microaggressions can be defined as “brief and commonplace verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative… slights and insults toward people…” (Sue et al., 2007). Participants will explore microaggressions as they relate to larger concepts of privilege and oppression, as well as how microaggressive behavior occurs on the Florida State campus.

Responding to Racial Trauma and Racial Healing – In response to experiences of racial discrimination or trauma felt by our community, this workshop is meant to serve as a reflective space for healing. Participants will reflect on their experience by navigating a labyrinth at their own pace and reflecting on how we can move forward together as a community.

Social Media for Social Change – Participants will critically assess social media as a growing platform for online activism, addressing whether or not social media can contribute to positive, sustainable change, or if it actually promotes “slacktivism.”

SOS: Socialization on Screen – Participants will critically assess where their identities appear in media. Using the Cycle of Socialization, participants will recognize how on-screen depictions of various intersecting social identities may contribute to our understanding of certain experiences, in order to find ways to challenge these incomplete narratives.

Become a Social Change Peer Educator

The Social Change Peer Educator Team is a Federal Work Study opportunity available to undergraduate students interested in working as a student assistant for the Center for Leadership & Social Change. Students should be familiar with on-going social issues and social justice trends in the world and have an interest in facilitation, leadership learning, identity exploration, diversity, and inclusion. Student volunteers can also participate in the program. Please contact Shane Whittington at swhittington@fsu.edu or 850-645-6856 if interested in a Federal Work Study position with the team.