Peer Advocacy & Community Education

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 mentor-ship to their peers, individually or as part of a group.

PACE also brings events, campaigns, trainings, and programs to PLU and the surrounding community that place an emphasis on gender equity, sexuality, health, and violence prevention work.

CGE PACE Intern

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Mikayla Nagy, Peer Advocacy and Community Engagement Intern

I joined PACE because I believe that it is more than just promoting community education, it is about promoting a culture of wellness on campus, empowering students, and taking action as an active bystander. PACE has provided me with the experience to meet wonderful people and do meaningful work.

PACE Team Members

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Elizabeth Elliott

I joined PACE because I want to be engaged in creating space and discussions around the injustices and vulnerabilities individuals encounter based on their identities. My goal is to recognize problems and better serve those hurt with challenging conversations in my community.

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Luis Reyes

I joined PACE because peer advocacy is crucial to creating a campus where all feel safe and comfortable.

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Isaac Madsen-Bibeau

I joined PACE because I believe and support it’s mission to work towards making PLU a “safe and healthy environment for all students”.

Rosey Ireson

I joined PACE because of my NSO Consent Presentation. PACE sounded like the kind of group I wanted to be involved in. I have gained a lot of knowledge from being a member, and I have gotten to know a lot of cool people. I really enjoy the community that is the PACE team.

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Dylan Ruggeri

I joined PACE because I want to educate my community on how to have healthy relationships with ourselves and others.

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Salim Theo Houck

I joined PACE because I wanted to help educate my fellow lutes on things PLU curriculum does not cover.

Carlos Alvarez

As a PACE member along with being the 2019-2020 Men’s Project Intern & It’s On Us Lutes coordinator gave me perspective of the Center for Gender Equity as a whole. To me, it was amazing to be able to develop content and context with other students while normalizing trauma informed practices and changing campus culture.

What is PACE?

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.

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

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.
  • Professional peer-education certification
  • Advocacy training 
  • Annual event and campaign coordination (Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, etc.).