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Diversity Peer Education Program

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The Diversity Peer Education Program is an initiative by the Office of Equity and Inclusion. This program is dedicated to spreading cultural awareness and sensitivity while promoting diversity and social justice at St. John’s University. Diversity Peer Educators (DPEs) work with student leaders and organizations on a request basis to facilitate workshops related to social justice and diversity throughout the school year.

Who Are DPEs

Diversity Peer Educators (DPEs) are trained undergraduate students who work with the Assistant Director of Social Justice Training and Education to facilitate training courses meant to create brave spaces where students can share their identities and connect through both commonality and difference. DPEs utilize their voices and passion for equity, inclusion, and social justice to help create an inclusive St. John’s community where students can learn from one another and gain knowledge. In addition to facilitating training courses, DPEs host special events to promote social justice on campus, and serve as ambassadors for the Office of Multicultural Affairs. 

Training Courses

Our staff created a series of social justice training courses that increase in level of self-awareness, diversity knowledge, and skill. Each training is about two hours in duration. You must complete the training courses in order.

Level One: Increasing Cultural Competency

This introductory training will help participants understand who they are, their cultural influences, and how those aspects intersect. Through interactive activities and discussions, participants will explore their current cultural competency and learn more about each other.

Level Two: Social Justice Foundations

Through interactive activities and discussions, this training will allow participants to further explore their identities and learn more about power, privilege, and intersectionality.

Level Three: Understanding and Reacting to Implicit Bias and Microagressions

This training will help participants both recognize and respond to microaggressions, and increase the skills necessary to interact effectively with a diverse group of people in different contexts.

Training Requests

If interested in participating in the DPE training courses, please complete the form below detailing your request and a member of our support staff will respond as soon as possible. When requesting a training please note that you must book between the following times:

Monday-Thursday
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
(Last training is from 5-7 p.m.)

Friday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
(Last training is from 1-3 p.m.)

All training requests must be submitted at least two weeks in advance and you must have a confirmed space or room reservation. Your training is not confirmed until you receive confirmation for the DPE Graduate Assistant.

DPE Training Request Form 

For more information regarding the Diversity Peer Education Program and other social justice training, please contact the Assistant Director of Social Justice Training and Education, Jasmin Hinnant at [email protected] or 718-990-8217.

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