CAPE's Peer Education Program will center student voice and leadership in gender-based violence prevention and sexual health promotion efforts at Oregon State, recognizing that students are the experts of their experience and know their community best. CAPE peer educators will work collaboratively to develop peer-led educational initiatives, workshops, outreach events, and activities centered on violence prevention and sexual health, helping equip our community with the knowledge, skills and resources to prevent gender-based violence from occurring in the first place.
CAPE peer educators will design, implement and evaluate peer-led primary prevention programming. This will include facilitating and developing content on gender-based violence prevention, bystander intervention, sexual health, healthy relationships, healthy sexuality, and supporting survivors. Examples of specific peer educator responsibilities include:
Applications for 2023-2024 Peer Educator positions are now closed, and will reopen next fall. If you are interested in other opportunities to get involved with CAPE, please keep an eye on our Instagram (@cape_osu) for information about additional opportunities that may arise throughout the year.
For questions about the Peer Education Program, please contact:
Mia Bledsoe (Email here)
Peer Education Coordinator
Peer education is a particularly effective form of primary prevention (preventing gender-based violence before it occurs) because peer leaders are uniquely well-suited to challenge the root causes of violence and encourage the positive social norms, behaviors and attitudes needed to foster an environment that does not allow gender-based violence to thrive. By advocating for and modeling healthy behavior both within and beyond their social circles in the context of their shared experiences as OSU students, peer educators will positively shape the beliefs and attitudes of their peers and thereby reduce the incidence of gender-based violence on our campus.