Women's Peer Education Program
Front row : Monika Khan, Sarah Jurick, Anna Lam
Back row: Cat Thompson, Regina Sherman, Alan Aguirre, Manvi Singh, Kate Alexander, Alison Cerezo, Jessi Ristau
ANNOUNCEMENT: THE WOMEN'S PEER EDUCATION PROGRAM IS DISCONTINUED AT THIS TIME. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PEER EDUCATION PROGRAM, PLEASE CONTACT DR. TIFFANY O'MEARA AT (850) 534-1579.
The CAPS Women’s Peer Educator Program seeks to promote gender equality by providing education and support to members of the UCSD community. We work within a feminist framework to plan and implement programs that raise awareness around issues that disproportionately affect women in our society.Areas we focus on include body image, sexual health, multiple role balance, mental health, gender bias, sexual violence, and other issues generated by the campus community. We work to form liaisons with other organizations and groups on campus such as the Women’s Center, AS Women’s Commission, Student Safety and Sexual Assault Resource Center,and Student Health Servicesto develop workshops and outreach activities.Some of the events and activities the Women’s Peers are likely to be involved in include:
Facilitating discussions for the Gender Buffet Series at the Women’s Center
Tabling for Eating Disorder Awareness Week
Tabling at Take Back the Night
Delivering workshops on healthy eating and body image
Presenting to the Wellness Class about Eating Disorders
Film Screening and Discussion on Masculinity and Violence Against Women
Peer recruitment and selection
In addition, Women’s Peers join the other Peer Education programs for All Peer training in basic counseling skills, group facilitation, crisis management, ethics, and how to construct and implement outreach and workshop presentations. They also participate in weekly training and supervision sessions with the program coordinators to expand these skills and receive more intensive training in workshop development and implementation, mental health and women’s issues. This is a unique opportunity to receive training, mentoring and support from a professional psychologist and advanced doctoral student that can facilitate your personal and professional growth, as well as, assist you in exploring possibilities for future work in the helping professions.
If you are interested in becoming a peer educator for the Women’s Peer Education program, please complete an online application during Spring quarter. Applications are typically accepted in mid-April for the next academic year. There will be an Information Session about the program and application process each April, so check back for specifics regarding time and location. For more information about the program, or to request a presentation for your group, you can contact Dr. Cathy Thompson at (858) 534-3987.
The deadline to apply to be a peer educator for 2009-10 was 4/17/09 at 12pm. If you have any questions about the Women's Peer Education Program, please contact Dr. Cathy Thompson at 858-534-3987.