Peer Educator Program

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MEET YOUR PEER EDUCATORS

About Peer Educators

Peer Educators support first-year students in their social, personal and academic transition to CSUF. Peer Educators help OFYE students achieve their goals by actively participating in a University Studies 100 class and engaging in class discussions, collaborating with faculty members and success coaches, and by meeting with individual students to serve as a role model and mentor.

The goal of the Peer Educator Program is to provide volunteer students with the knowledge and skills to foster academic success, encourage campus involvement and promote community engagement for first-year students. Being a Peer Educator also provides an opportunity for students to learn about first-year students’ transition; develop communication, facilitation, leadership and other skills; and contribute to the University community.

The Peer Educators are supervised and supported by the Student Leadership Development Coordinator of OFYE. The Office of First Year Experience (OFYE) Peer Educator Programs is certified by the International Peer Educator Training Program Certification of the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) and by the Certified Peer Educator Training offered by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).

Mission:   OFYE Peer Educators are volunteer undergraduate students who serve as a resource, support system and role mode to first-year undeclared students. The goal of the Peer Educators is to support students in their social, personal, and academic into CSUF, through collaborations with an OFYE faculty within UNIV 100: Foundations for College Success, Lifelong Learning and Self-Development Course. Peer Educators facilitate activities, discussions, and individual meetings with students to create a community of support, a sense of belonging, and connections to campus resources.

Benefits

  • Completion of the CRLA International Peer Educator Training Program Certification- Master Level 3
  • Certification as a NASPA Certified Peer Educator (Fall 2020- Present)
  • 3-unit elective credit towards graduation for University Studies 397: The Peer Mentor Experience course
  • Free printing in the OFYE Lava Lounge for academic work
  • Opportunity to be part of a student support team with a faculty member, success coach, professional staff, and other peer educators.
  • Ability to make a positive impact on first-year students as they transition into college

Requirements

  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Junior or senior class standing, qualified sophomores will be considered
  • Familiarity and sensitivity to first-year students’ transitional issues
  • Knowledge of campus resources
  • Desire for student involvement and leadership experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to Cal State Fullerton
  • Participation in a Spring Welcome event, Summer trainings, and all class meetings for assigned UNIV 100 section
  • Enroll in a 3-unit, upper division course, University 397: The Peer Mentor Experience for the Fall 2020 semester
  • Two Professional References must be submitted with application (one from a faculty member and one from a current or previous supervisor)
  • OFYE alumni are highly encourage to apply

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Attend and actively participate in all of your assigned University Studies 100 section meetings
  • Meet regularly (weekly if possible) with your faculty and student services professional Meet in one-on-one contact meetings with each student in your assigned University Studies 100 class
  • Serve as a role model and reliable resource to 20-25 first-year students in a section of University Studies 100 by introducing them to on-campus programs, services and activities Meet with Senior Peer Educators, Success Coaches, and Student Leadership Development Coordinator during the Fall semester
  • Participate in OFYE events (e.g. Welcome programming events, Student Success Workshops, End of the Year Celebration, etc.)
  • Work cooperatively with other Peer Educators and the OFYE staff
  • Serve as a liaison between the OFYE and students in your University Studies 100 course

Interested in Applying to be a peer EDUCATOR?

If you are interested in becoming a Senior Peer Educator (blue button) or Peer Educator (orange button), please  review application process or attend an informational session to learn more about the responsibilities and benefits. During the recruitment process, you have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the peer educator experience, meet former peer educators, and engage in conversations with other members of OFYE.

***Typically the recruitment process begins in December and ends mid-March. 

APPLY FOR A POSITION

Questions?

For additional questions, please contact the Office of First Year Experience at firstyearexp@fullerton.edu