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About Us

Peer Advocacy and Community Education (PACE) is a collective of student leaders who are specially trained, peer educators that provide training and dialogue in classrooms, residence halls, and other campus spaces to facilitate meaningful learning through discussion, instruction, and/or mentorship to their peers, individually or as part of a group.

They are trained in topics such as alcohol and other drugs, sexual assault and sexual health, body image, nutrition, and wellness. The Peer Advocacy and Community Education (PACE) program commits to four guiding principles: Promotion, Empowerment, Action, and Knowledge.

  • 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

Why Peer Education?

Peer education is a highly effective, cost-efficient tool for increasing learning and sustaining student advancement through graduation. Peer education also contributes to students’ satisfaction with their educational experience. This strategy is particularly well-suited for PLU’s mission, experiential learning culture, and student population.

Peer educators are deployed specifically to advance the success of the students they serve. But the peer educators themselves benefit as well. Peers who instruct and/or mentor their peers are engaged in a specialized form of experiential learning. As a result, peer educators gain valuable career-related skills that are transferable to a variety of professional contexts where effective interpersonal and communication skills, problem-solving and use of good judgment, lifelong learning, leadership, and similar skills are valued.

What does PACE offer?

  • PACE educators gain valuable career-related skills that are transferable to a variety of professional contexts where effective interpersonal and communication skills, problem-solving, lifelong learning, leadership, and similar skills are valued.
  • Gain public speaking skills, increase confidence, build rapport with students, staff, and faculty.
  • Leadership development and volunteer opportunities for PLU students.
  • A chance to facilitate dialogue on the role of culture and norms in shaping our behaviors with regards to gender and sexuality.
  • Student leadership in campus activism and social justice.
  • An opportunity to shape and implement public education programming.
  • 20 hours of professional peer-education and advocacy training which includes the BACCHUS Certified Peer Educator Certification.
  • One Love Facilitator Certification.
  • Annual event and campaign coordination (such as Take Back the Night, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, etc.).
  • On-demand training for students, staff, and faculty on a variety of gender and social justice focused topics.
  • 15$ paid to PACE peer educator for every presentation they facilitate.

Ready to Join?

Peer Educator Program Application Information:

When filling out this application:

  • Complete and submit your application electronically
      • Please fill out the student information and answer all questions.
      • Respond to the questions using specific examples and experiences.
      • Be thoughtful with your responses to the questions.
  • If approved, applicants will be asked to attend a one on one.
  • Once selected, PACE Peer Educators are required to
      • Attend monthly meetings 
      • Attend beginning of semester training
      • Turn in all employment documentation in a timely manner

Peer Educator Program Application Accommodations:

The university is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all programs and activities. Any student that may want to discuss an alternative format application submission, please contact pace@plu.edu

*Application and language adapted from PEAK Peer Education, University of Colorado UCCS