“Peers for Pride (PfP)” is a peer facilitation program of the Gender & Sexuality Center. Participants take two classes for academic credit in partnership with the Center for Women’s & Gender Studies. During the program, students build applied theatre, critical analysis, and facilitation skills as they build the workshop “What Do Thriving Queer Communities Look Like?” Students create message scenes and activating scenes in the workshop to share skills and build space for conversation and accountability across LGBQTA+ communities and with supporters of LGBTQA+ communities. The commitments of the workshops are to share skills related to thriving that is nonbinary, decolonial, trans feminist, accountable, intersectional, and loving. Students co-facilitate these workshops in classes, dorms, with student organizations, and in open workshops to build capacity of LGBTQA+ communities and connected communities to be accountable to each other. Through their facilitation and reflection after workshop facilitation, students continue to build a knowledge of performance-based social justice facilitation in higher education and of intersectional LGBTQA+ realities.
Members of the “Peers for Pride” program are required to take one class in the fall semester and one in the spring semester. During the fall semester course, “Confronting LGBTQ Oppression: Exploring the Issues and Learning the Skills to Communicate Them,” students learn basic facilitation skills while taking an in-depth look at some issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals. During the spring semester course, “Facilitating Dialogues on LGBTQ Oppression: Peers for Pride in Action,” peer facilitators have the opportunity to fine-tune their facilitation skills and lead workshops across campus. Participants are required to make a two-semester commitment to the program. Interested students must complete an application and an interview. For more information, contact Jess O’Rear, Assistant Instructor of the Peers for Pride course and co-creator of the current Peers for Pride curriculum and program.
Apply now for 2018-19! Applications before the end of the spring semester are encouraged, but there is no firm deadline for PFP applications. Applications are accepted until the class is full.)
To request a Peers for Pride training for your student group, class, or department fill out this request form.