Peer Educator Volunteer Application Form

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

Read about applying to be a Peer Advocate.

Peer Education Tracks

There are two tracks to our Peer Educator Program:

Outreach Track: Peer Educators that have gone through the fundamental training program contribute to program development, help support workshops and training sessions, staff SVR tables, help plan events for the Columbia community, participate in volunteer working groups, serve as liaisons with the student body, and represent SVR at community activities.

Facilitation & Outreach Track: Peer Educators that do all the tasks of the Outreach track and co-facilitate workshops and training sessions with other certified Peer Educators and SVR staff.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

  • 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 an ongoing basis.

Applicants must be able to attend all training sessions per their specified track. Once candidates in the Facilitator track have successfully completed the training program, they must co-facilitate a program in order to be certified to lead in-person programs. Upon successful completion of the training program and necessary certification, candidates will be invited to join the Peer Educator program. In order to volunteer as a Peer Educator, you must be a current student with 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:

  • Provide an in-depth understanding of sexual and intimate partner violence, sexual and gender-based harassment, and stalking;
  • Review the impact of these behaviors on survivors and their communities;
  • Help volunteers respond to challenging situations and tricky subjects; and
  • Provide facilitation skills training for delivering effective and engaging educational programs for other students.

Upon successful completion of the training and certification, Peer Educators will be prepared to engage with the campus community, including Barnard, Columbia, Teachers College, Jewish Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary.


Peer Educators are responsible for:

  • Completing the SVR certification process prior to facilitating workshops (Facilitation & Outreach track).

  • Attending regularly scheduled Peer Educator Advisement meetings.

  • Spending approximately two hours every week in the SVR office/virtually (remotely) to prepare for workshops and support the office.

  • Registering for and attending at least 2 Awareness Month (e.g. SAAM, RVAM) or programming event each semester.

  • Supporting at least three tables/events each semester (Outreach track)

  • Facilitating at least one workshop every semester (possibly more, depending on demand and availability) (Facilitation & Outreach track)

  • Attending periodic continued education trainings.

  • Helping coordinate educational and awareness events.

Peer Educators are invited to contribute to the development and implementation of programs for the following initiatives:

  • New Student Orientation Program (NSOP)
  • Student Leaders training
  • Sexual Respect & Community Citizenship Initiative
  • Relationship Violence Awareness Month & Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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


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

  1. Able to attend all specified training sessions
  2. Comfortable with our Mission Statement
  3. 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.

Individuals of all identities who are passionate about this work are encouraged to apply!

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