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Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (EDI) Peer Educator Program

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The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Peer Educator Program was established in Fall 2015 to address to growing need of social justice education in the Greek Life community.

The program began with nine students, three from each of the Greek councils, who shared a common purpose to create a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive Greek community at UCSD.  The nine Peer Educators developed a platform to discuss EDI issues that were impacting our students on a daily basis.  In Spring 2016, they expanded their role and began facilitating dialogues within each of the Greek chapters.  Since then, the EDI Peer Educator program continues to expand and address the issues facing our Greek community.

Check out the Spring 2017 EDI Workshop Schedule

Meet the current peer educators!

 

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History

The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Peer Educator Program was established in Fall 2015 to address to growing need of social justice education in the Greek Life community.  The program began with nine students, three from each of the Greek councils, who shared a common purpose to create a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive Greek community at UCSD.  The nine Peer Educators developed a platform to discuss EDI issues that were impacting our students on a daily basis.  In Spring 2016, they expanded their role and began facilitating dialogues within each of the Greek chapters.  Since then, the EDI Peer Educator program continues to expand and address the issues facing our Greek community.

What we do

Peer Educators serve UC San Diego’s Greek community by fostering a more knowledgeable, respectful, and safe environment. Each quarter, Peers develop and conduct an interactive EDI workshop that is presented to each chapter on campus.  Workshops focus on a variety of social justice issues and create a space to increase students’ understanding of EDI topics as they relate to Greek Life, UCSD, and the broader community.  Peer Educators address methods to intervene in situations of injustice, discrimination or harassment and discuss strategies to create a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive Greek community.

 

Topics discussed in previous workshops

  • Hypermasculinity

  • Sexism

  • Heteronormativity

  • Privilege

  • Marginalization and Mattering

  • Identity

  • Intersectionality

  • Historical context of Greek Life

  • IDEAS bystander intervention model (UCSD CARE @ SARC)

Reactions to workshops from chapter members

“I found it very valuable that we had to look through different perspectives that we have never had to before”

“The workshop was enlightening, but the most valuable part was the self-reflection”

“It helped me open my eyes and actually realize the extent our world has gone in regards to gender stereotyping”

“I value that this information is being passed on to the Greek community because it's often ignored and avoided”

“The peers are really enthusiastic! Love it!”

“The [LGBT] star activity – I was on the verge of tears because it hit me so hard”

“The most valuable part of the workshop was allowing the chapter to share a lot of their opinions so we learned and understood together”

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