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Peer Advocacy and Community Education (PACE)

Our name has changed!

For the past eighteen years, SAPET has been on the frontlines of conversations about gender-based violence at PLU, facilitating presentations and events to promote consent and debunk myths about rape culture and sexual assault. Over the last ten years, the Men’s Project has developed bystander programming, marketing campaigns, and programs to unpack toxic masculinity and men’s role in gender justice. When SAPET was created, the club structure and programming efforts were at the forefront of peer education work at the time. However, it is clear to both the Men’s Project and SAPET that our education and prevention efforts need to be revamped to match the contemporary needs of our campus culture.

Thus came the vision for Peer Advocacy and Community Education (PACE)

We are moving to integrate Men’s Project, SAPET, and other CGE student intern lead programs into one overarching program to create more comprehensive peer education and advocacy opportunities on campus. The formation of PACE will create a joint vision for the multiple branches of the student leadership within the CGE.

Why Peer Education?

The Center for Gender Equity continues to witness student need for Peer Education and Advocacy related to sexual health, mental health and wellness, gender and critically: consent.

Peer education typically involves the use of members of a given group to effect change among other members of the same group. Peer education is used to affect change at the individual level by attempting to modify a person’s knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, or behaviors. Peer educators (change agents) can increase the credibility and effectiveness of the message being presented as they convey information too often hard-to-reach populations. Peer education may also affect change at the group or societal level by modifying norms and stimulating collective action that leads to changes in programs and policies. Current research on the topic of peer education states that campuses should create healthy communities that involve an integration of advocacy, peer education, service, community building, and research. (Soleimanpour, Brindis, Geierstanger, Kandawalla,& Kurlaender, 2008).

Like many U.S. universities, PLU seeks to provide its students with comprehensive and robust peer advocacy and educational programming designed to reach a variety of campus audiences. The Center for Gender Equity has unique programs to address these wellness topics, Gender-Based Violence Awareness programming, Men’s engagement programming, Bystander Intervention programming, LGBTQ+ programming, and Women’s Leadership programming. This programming includes awareness events, campaigns, and trainings, for our campus and the surrounding community that place an emphasis on gender equity, sexuality, health, and violence prevention work.

PACE also provides leadership development and volunteer opportunities for PLU students with the goal of cultivating a new campus culture of inclusive leadership, care and service for and by students. Our student leaders want to build a world that is more trauma informed and supports survivors, which beyond anything will help us cultivate a new campus culture.

Our Mission: Peer Advocacy and Community Education, (PACE) seeks to train student leaders to empower and engage the campus community. Through education and advocacy, peer educators help to make PLU a safe and healthy environment for all students.

Our Vision: We visualize creating a gender-justice and safe campus climate by facilitating meaningful learning through discussion, instruction, and mentorship throughout our community.

Our Values: 

Promotion: To promote health and wellness as a way of life and the services that support a culture of wellness on campus

Empowerment: To empower peers to make informed decisions about their own health behaviors and lifestyles

Action: To take action as an active bystander and model this behavior as leaders on campus

Knowledge: To gain the knowledge required to create evidence-based, high quality and responsible programs, events, and initiatives, and to share this knowledge with others

PACE Launch Party, March 21, 2019 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM Red square

Check out our annual events!

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month! Contact Peer Advocacy and Community Education at pace@plu.edu to find out how you can participate in or even plan an event!

Take back the night is an internationally held march and rally intended to be a protest of and direct action against rape and other forms of sexual violence. Join PLU students in a conversation with faculty, students and staff around the realities of sexual violence followed by a march around campus with our Radical Cheerleaders. Come be a part of the movement to “take back the night” from sexual violence in our community and worldwide! There will be performers, speakers, and food!
Join us Thursday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m. in Red Square!

The campaign is a week-long event that is co-hosted by PLU’s Bystander Coalition and asks students, staff and faculty to pledge to be active bystanders in recognizing identity-based violence and microaggressions, intervening when these are in progress, and working together to create an environment in which all Lutes experience safety, equality, and respect as a norm.

An awareness and demonstration program operating in tandem with Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Take Back the Night inviting students, staff, and faculty to sign up for shifts standing in Red Square with signs indicating why they are choosing to stand in solidarity with victims and survivors of sexual violence and how to create a world free from violence. This program is often coordinated with ROTC leadership and features a speak out and rally following the demonstration.

This event gathers a group of 10-20 students, staff, and faculty in order to make a meal in honor of Mother’s/Parent’s Day for the shelter clients at the YWCA of Pierce County. There are also bullying prevention and healthy gender expression games and workshops for children of the parents in the shelter (offered by PLU staff, faculty, and students). The event ends with a discussion on empowerment, resilience, service, and solidarity with communities and survivors.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month! Contact Peer Advocacy and Community Education at pace@plu.edu to find out how you can participate in or even plan an event!

January is Stalking Awareness Month! Contact Peer Advocacy and Community Education at pace@plu.edu to find out how you can participate in or even plan an event!