This semester was an exciting one for SAPAC’s Peer Education program! We had a landmark fifth year of Relationship Remix, the healthy relationships workshop for first year students done in collaboration with Sexperteam and U-M Housing. Overall, the program reached 88% of all on-campus freshman! That’s a 9% increase from last year! In addition to Relationship Remix, our volunteers also facilitated many workshops on sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and sexual harassment primary prevention for the U-M community, serving groups such as Telluride, the UM School of Social Work, parents at a Campus Day event, the Panhellenic Peer Educators, Alternative Spring Break, and several different sororities and fraternities. Combined with Relationship Remix, we have reached 6,599 students total over the Spring/Summer and Fall 2015 terms! That’s over 346 hours of workshops!! Not only are the Peer Educators doing great work right now, we’re also looking to the future! We have two committees dedicated to growing our program to be as effective as possible. Our Workshop Revision Squad has been working to keep our workshops up-to-date, inclusive of all identities, and aesthetically pleasing. We also have a brand new Evaluations Committee that is creating a post-survey for workshop participants to gauge their level of learning. It will also help our volunteers grow in their facilitation skills by giving them feedback. We’re also hoping to make our work accessible to all identities with weekly continuing education, such as a Gender Identity Workshop from the Spectrum Center!
We have also been working on events to expand our educational scope for the Winter 2016 semester! Our second annual saPAC the Diag is tentatively set for April 1st, 2016. This interactive education event is designed to inform U-M students and community on the issues of sexual violence prevention as they pass through the Diag. What a great way to kick off Sexual Assault Awareness Month! In addition to that great event, we are currently working on pioneering a completely new event in collaboration with the rest of our SAPAC volunteer cohort. Our Sexual Violence Prevention Student Activism Conference looks to apply the peer education model across different campuses and bring other student groups like SAPAC together to trade ideas on how to effectively prevent sexual violence. Congratulations to the Peer Educators for a successful semester of educating our campus about sexual violence and promoting healthy relationships! Look out for more information about our Winter semester events on the SAPAC website soon!
By: Danielle Norman, Peer Educator Co-coordinator