Peer Educators

The Peer Educator program is a partnership between the University Core and First Year Experience Program.  Peer Educators serve as co-learners in a first year seminar course and act as role models for deep learning.  By actively engaging with course content, the Peer Educator encourages the intellectual engagement of all students. 


Peer Educators are required to:

  • Attend all sessions of the FYS class, facilitating co-learning by engaging in course content (Peer Educators are not tested or required to turn in assignments, but are expected to do course readings, see films, etc.)
  • Act as a bridge between the instructor and students.  Establishing a positive working relationship with faculty, first-year students, and fellow Peer Educators.
  • Assist in developing the ethos of the classroom through group building exercises and facilitating class discussions
  • Appropriately communicate with students outside of class
  • Provide feedback to the instructor
  • Demonstrate an understanding of University resources and serve as a referral point for first year students as necessary
  • Serve as role models for academic, co-curricular, and leadership behaviors.

Peer Educators must possess or demonstrate an ability to learn the following skills:

  • Active listening
  • Appropriate interpersonal boundaries
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Non-anxious presence
  • Good communication, public speaker, and group facilitation skills
  • Collaborative problem solving skills


Peer Educators are able to receive independent study credit for this experience.

For more information, please contact Kelly Alvarado-Young at