New peer education role aims to help prevent sexual misconduct

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New peer education role aims to help prevent sexual misconduct

Students selected as Huskers CARE Peer Educators will begin required training in September.

Beginning with the fall 2022 semester, undergraduate students at sophomore level and higher can participate in a peer training program, Huskers CARE Peer Educators, to help increase awareness of relationship issues, relationship abuse, stalking and harassment.

The Center for Advocacy, Response, and Education is actively recruiting applications for the new program and hopes to have 30-40 students participate this fall. Once trained, Huskers CARE Peer Educators will offer in-person trainings among classmates and student organizations.

“We’re incredibly excited to have students be front and center in efforts to spread awareness and education around the topics of sexual and relationship violence on our campus,” said Melissa Wilkerson, interim director for CARE. “Our students can instill positive change through peer-led education, and we look forward to this pilot year for the Huskers CARE program.”

Successful applicants will participate in a comprehensive training program to help them gain an in-depth understanding of sexual and intimate partner violence, sexual and gender-based harassment and stalking. A total of 32 hours of training and program co-facilitation will take place before students lead their first program.

Interested students should apply by July 28.

Recommended by the Campuswide Collaborative on Sexual Misconduct in 2021, the new peer-led training furthers the university’s efforts to strengthen sexual misconduct education, training and policy.

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