Peer Educator Volunteer Application Form

To be considered as a Peer Educator applicant, complete the below information (incomplete applications will not be considered.)

Read about applying to be a Peer Advocate.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

  • Successful applicants will be invited to participate in a 40 hour training program. Candidates must attend all training dates in order to be eligible to become a volunteer.

Interviews will be held on an ongoing basis.

Applicants must be able to attend all training sessions per their specified track. Once candidates in the Facilitator track have successfully completed the training program, they must co-facilitate a program in order to be certified to lead in-person programs. Upon successful completion of the training program and necessary certification, candidates will be invited to join the Peer Educator program. In order to volunteer as a Peer Educator, you must be a current student with a school affiliated with Columbia University. All volunteers must be in good disciplinary and academic standing with your school. A commitment for a minimum of two semesters (not necessarily consecutive) is expected of all volunteers.

About the Training

The training will:

  • Provide an in-depth understanding of sexual and intimate partner violence, sexual and gender-based harassment, and stalking;
  • Review the impact of these behaviors on survivors and their communities;
  • Help volunteers respond to challenging situations and tricky subjects; and
  • Provide facilitation skills training for delivering effective and engaging educational programs for other students.

Upon successful completion of the training and certification, Peer Educators will be prepared to engage with the campus community, including Barnard, Columbia, Teachers College, Jewish Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary.


Peer Educators are responsible for: 

  • Successfully complete the SVR 35hrs. certification process prior to executing educational and outreach events. 
  • Ability to maintain privacy and confidentiality. 
  • Attend regularly scheduled Peer Educator Advisement meetings and periodic continued education trainings. 
  • Spend approximately two hours every week in the SVR office to prepare for workshops and support the office. 
  • Help coordinate ongoing and generate new educational and awareness events programming.  
  • Support at least three tables/events each semester. 
  • Facilitate at least one workshop every semester (possibly more, depending on demand and availability). 
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the following:  
  • New Student Orientation Programs (NSOP)  
  • Student Leaders training  
  • SVR's Sexual Respect & Community Citizenship programming  
  • Activities for Relationship Violence Awareness Month (RVAM) & Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)  
  • Serve as leaders and ambassadors of Sexual Violence Response mission and values. 

If you have any questions about the training process or responsibilities, please contact the Sexual Violence Response Office at (212) 854-3500 and speak with Debjani Roy or Suzannah Rogan. 


To be eligible for participation in the trainings, you must be:

  1. Able to attend all specified training sessions
  2. Comfortable with our Mission Statement
  3. In good disciplinary and academic standing with your school

By submitting this application, you are providing permission for Sexual Violence Response staff to verify that you are in good disciplinary and academic standing with your school.

Individuals of all identities who are passionate about this work are encouraged to apply!

Applicant Information
Campus Involvement

Are you involved/affiliated with other student groups, organizations or Columbia Athletics? Your affiliations have no bearing on the application process and are only collected for informational purposes only.

Campus Involvement
Summer Housing

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Application Questionnaire

Please answer each question in 100-200 words.