Peer Advocate Application

Due to Covid-19, we are not taking volunteer applications for the fall 2020 semester. Please continue to visit the Sexual Violence Response website for updates.

To be considered as a Peer Advocate applicant, complete the below information (incomplete applications will not be considered.)

Read about applying to be a Peer Educator.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

  • Selected applicants will be interviewed.
  • Successful applicants will be invited to participate in a 40 hour training program. Candidates must attend all training dates in order to be eligible to become a volunteer. 

Interviews will be held on a rolling basis.

Applicants must be able to attend all training sessions. Upon successful completion of the training program and necessary certification, candidates will be invited to join the Peer Advocate program. 

In order to volunteer as a Peer Advocate, you must be a current student at a school affiliated with Columbia University. All volunteers must be in good disciplinary and academic standing with your school. A commitment for a minimum of two semesters (not necessarily consecutive) is expected of all volunteers.

About the Training

The training will:

  • Address sexual and intimate partner violence, sexual and gender-based harassment, and stalking and the impact of these behaviors on survivors and their communities
  • Introduce crisis intervention techniques and peer-advocacy skills

Following participation in the training program, candidates must successfully go through a certification process. Upon successful completion of the training and certification, Peer Advocates will be prepared and expected to provide peer advocacy for the campus community, including Barnard, Columbia, Teachers College, Jewish Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary.


All Peer Advocates will be responsible for:

  • Covering 2-3 hours of office hour shifts per month
  • Covering 1-2 on-call shifts per month
  • Attending scheduled, one-hour meetings with advisors, every week
  • Attending at least two continued education training sessions every semester
  • Attending required meetings as scheduled

If you have any questions about the training process, please contact the Sexual Violence Response & Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center at (212) 854-3500 or Jose Carval.


To be eligible for participation in the training, you must:

  1. Be able to attend all training sessions
  2. Be comfortable with our Mission Statement
  3. Be in good disciplinary and academic standing with your school

By submitting this application, you are providing permission for Sexual Violence Response staff to verify that you are in good disciplinary and academic standing with your school.

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Application Questionnaire

Please answer each question in 100-200 words.