Volunteer with Sexual Violence Response

Become a Peer Advocate

Peer Advocates with the Sexual Violence Response (SVR) program are students of all identities who are committed to responding to students impacted by sexual or intimate partner violence. Volunteer candidates participate in 40 hours of training, as well as continuing education to gain an in-depth understanding of sexual and intimate partner violence, and build effective advocacy skills in response to disclosures of violence.

Volunteers also go through a certification process prior to joining the program. Once candidates have successfully completed training and certification, they become certified New York State Department of Health Rape Crisis Counselors.

Peer Advocates are available to provide crisis support to any student who wishes to speak with a peer. Peer Advocates also attend campus events to offer support to students affected by the subject matter.

Currently all Peer Advocate trainings, meetings, and activities are conducted virtually.

Peer Advocates offer the following services, all of which are confidential:

  • Guidance on balancing survivor’s emotional needs with survivor’s need for concrete assistance and information
  • Facilitating informed decision-making and empower survivors to make their own decisions
  • Crisis intervention and safety planning
  • Referrals and information on student rights and options

Peer Advocates are responsible for:

  • Covering two to four hours of office hour shifts per month
  • Attending scheduled, one-hour meetings with advisors every week
  • Attending at least two continuing education training sessions every semester
  • Attending required meetings as scheduled
  • Providing support to students who wish to connect to a peer at one to two prevention programs each semester

Apply to become a Peer Advocate by completing the online application.

Become a Peer Educator

Peer Educators with Sexual Violence Response (SVR) program are students of all identities who are committed to supporting SVR’s mission of eradicating sexual and relationship violence and all forms of gender and power-based violence in our community. Peer educators serve as leaders and ambassadors of SVR’s missions and values. Peer educators assist with outreach and prevention programming across campus to educate students and the community about thriving relationships, positive ways to communicate about sex and sexual behaviors, sexual health, healthy masculinity, and other topics aimed at engaging the community in honest and judgment-free discussions that help promote a community of care where sexual and interpersonal violence is not tolerated. Peer Educators also assist the professional staff with outreach and awareness month(s) programming and other education activities (listed below). 

Benefits of being a Peer Educator:

  • Receive a formal Peer Educator Training Certificate for your portfolio. 
  • Build your resume for graduate school and future employment. 
  • Gain meaningful experience as an inclusive leader and educator. 
  • Develop the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively present and facilitate both complex and sensitive information from an intersectional and trauma-informed lens/framework to small and large audiences. 
  • Earn letters of recommendation. 
  • Make new friends and be part of a team that works closely together.
  • Receive ongoing training on current sexual violence prevention and sexual health and wellness topics affecting college students and your community. 

Commitments and Responsibilities:

  • Successfully complete the SVR 35hrs. certification process prior to executing educational and outreach events. 
  • Ability to maintain privacy and confidentiality. 
  • Attend regularly scheduled Peer Educator Advisement meetings and periodic continued education trainings. 
  • Spend approximately two hours every week in the SVR office to prepare for workshops and support the office. 
  • Help coordinate ongoing and generate new educational and awareness events programming.  
  • Support at least three tables/events each semester. 
  • Facilitate at least one workshop every semester (possibly more, depending on demand and availability). 
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the following:  
    • New Student Orientation Programs (NSOP)  
    • Student Leaders training  
    • SVR's Sexual Respect & Community Citizenship programming  
    • Activities for Relationship Violence Awareness Month (RVAM) & Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)  
  • Serve as leaders and ambassadors of Sexual Violence Response mission and values. 

Desired Skills and Qualifications for the position (Not Required):

  • Interest and passion for community building and ending sexual and relationship violence. 
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
  • Flexibility in schedule and availability. 
  • Comfortable discussing difficult topics with people from a range of diverse identities. 
  • Background in social/cultural studies, social justice, gender-based violence, and gender studies a plus. 
  • If you have previously experienced an incident of power-based personal violence, you have taken measures towards taking care of yourself. 

Please Note: While these skills are desired, we also recognize that individuals may have a passion for this work, but have not been involved previously. Please do not let these deter you from applying, we will help you achieve these skills and qualifications

Apply to become a Peer Educator by completing the online application.