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PEACE Prevention Peer Educators

The Violence Prevention programming (including PEACE initiatives and Prevention Peer Educators) aims to prevent and respond to sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking through prevention education, collaboration, outreach, and advocacy. The Violence Prevention office is committed to taking a survivor-centered approach, which means that if a student is victimized, they are given the options and make the decisions about what services they would like to access. If the survivor reaches out to a Prevention Peer Educator, they are able to make the choice on whether or not they would like to report the incident. Students will be informed that when survivors report to a Benedictine University faculty or staff member, these employees are required to report to the Title IX Coordinator and Campus Security Authorities are required to report to the police. Prevention Peer Educators are required to use confidential services, such as the Counseling Center or our victim services partners as a resource and are not expected to take on peer disclosures alone. Prevention Peer Educators will explain to students that if they choose to report to Title IX, this does not automatically require an investigation but will give them further access to support services and potential accommodations for housing or academic support. When survivors report to Campus Security Authorities they have the right to remain anonymous.

As leaders in their community, Prevention Peer Educators are critical to violence prevention and response work at Benedictine University. They provide education, advocacy, and support to students across campus and to the local community through awareness raising events, interactive workshops, and information sharing. 

Meet the

PREVENTION PEER EDUCATORS

2020-2021

 

Peer Educators gain professional development by practicing skills of leadership, public speaking, and networking while also serving their community. Presentation topics include sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking as well as bystander intervention, consent, and resource referral. 

To apply for this volunteer opportunity for the 2021-2022 school year please fill out the application below (January- March, 2021). New Applicants will be interviewed in April to begin Fall 2022. 

 

Natalie Discher

Natalie DischerMy name is Natalie Hope Discher and I am a psychology major. I have great passion for equality, interfaith cooperation and prevention of violence. I believe that everyone deserves to be listened to, and we all have a right to be who we are. I became a peer educator because I knew that gaining experience in the field of prevention work will aid my journey to becoming a therapist. It is my job to guide people when they are faced with difficult situations regarding abuse and violence.

 

 

 

 

 

Maryam Salik

Hey Everyone, my name is Maryam Salik and I am a junior majoring in Health Science. I am really excited to be apart of PEACE team for the first time this year. I am very passionate about advocating for equity and equality for all, raising awareness about gender-based violence in all forms, and providing support and educating our community. I wanted to become a peer educator because I believe that PEACE team does an excellent job promoting positivity, inclusivity, and in providing a safe space for all Benedictine  students. I am excited to see what we will accomplish together this year!

 

 

 

Giselle Delgado

My name is Giselle Delgado and I am currently a Junior at Benedictine University. I am majoring in Psychology, hoping to be a psychologist and work with children. I am looking forward to being a part of the PEACE team because I want to continue to gain the necessary tools to not only educate my friends and family, but also my peers. I also want to be a part of a healthy environment for ALL individuals on campus so that everyone feels safe and welcome. With doing that I would like to spread awareness on topics that are not always talked about, while also learning more about them myself.
 
 

 

Layan Abdelhadi

Hello everyone, my name is Layan Abdelhadi. I'm majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish. I'm very passionate about social justice and fighting for change. Education fosters social progress, which is essential for our future. Thus, by being a part of the PEACE Team, I will fulfill my purpose to educate and engage my community, advocate for social equality, and promote safety across campus.

 

 

 

 

 

Stephanney Tipsord

Stephanney TipsordHi my name is Stephanney Tipsord and I am a Senior and a psychology major. The reason I wanted to become a Prevention Peer Educator was because not a lot of students are educated about these things, and media does not talk about these topics. Fun fact about me I love listening to music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Responsibilities

  • Prevention Peer Educators will serve for at least one full semester
  • Complete the full training, which includes becoming a Certified Peer Educator through the NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) CPE curriculum
  • Provide training and programs across campus on topics of gender-based violence
  • Attend weekly group meetings
  • Additional responsibilites may be determined based on need and Prevention Peer Educator interest

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Questions

All questions may be directed to Bernadette Ramsden, Violence Against Women Act Grant Coordinator, at bramsden@ben.edu or (630) 829-1326. 

For additional information about the application process, peer educator responsibilities and program guidelines, please review the Prevention Peer Educator Guidelines here

 

Prevention Peer Educator Application

 

Bernadette Ramsden, LSW
Violence Against Women Act Grant Coordinator
Neff Center, Room 110
(630) 829-1326
bramsden@ben.edu

Tammy Sarver, Ph.D.
Title IX Coordinator
Professor, Political Science
Scholl Hall, Room 228L
(630) 829-6473
tsarver@ben.edu