Diversity Peer Educators/Farmer Fellows Program

Image: Eagle silhouette with wings spread wide Text:  (above eagle) Farmer Fellows (below eagle) UMW Diversity Peer EducatorsThe mission of the program is to provide education to enhance awareness on diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice topics for students of the UMW community in an effort to make them more culturally competent as they engage in the campus environment, in their current classroom spaces, as well as our society at large. The uniqueness of the Diversity Peer Education/Farmer Fellows program is that sessions, workshops and activities will be led by students for students.  The Farmer Fellows will also serve as ambassadors and advocates for diversity, inclusion, and social justice.  The student educators will also assist with specialized diversity programming, such as during Orientation, New Student Arrival, Admissions Open Houses, etc. The DPE/FF will strive to help the University increase awareness of the ASPIRE values wherein members of the campus community will embrace and live these values in their everyday interactions.  This program further seeks to help the University move towards the goal of inclusive excellence where all students feel welcome, respected, and valued in all aspects of their college experience.  Apply to be a Diversity Peer Educator/Farmer Fellow today!

Goals:

1: To create a space where students are able to acquire cultural competence which is a skill set that will enable them to contribute to an inclusive excellence community, as well as become better prepared global citizens.

2: To create safe spaces for UMW students to explore their own identities along with others who may possess identities different than their own and the importance of finding common ground.

3: To engage the UMW community in meaningful dialogue concerning cultural sensitivity, social justice issues, respect and inclusion

4: To provide students with appropriate language when discussing and/or speaking with members of marginalized identities.

Learning Outcomes:

1: Participants should be able to demonstrate a general knowledge and understanding of the marginalized identities discussed

2:  Engage in personal reflections which will hopefully enhance learners’ understanding of their positionality as it relates to power and privilege

3: Demonstrate cultural sensitivity to other voices

DPE/FF Selection Criteria:

The requirements for consideration are as follows:

  • Must be a rising sophomore, junior or senior
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher
  • Demonstrated interest and commitment to values of diversity, inclusion and social justice
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Must be in good academic standing with the University

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstration of leadership potential
  • Community Service involvement
  • Participated in cultural, diversity, and/or social justice programs and activities
  • Taken classes in the social justice minor
  • Declared social justice as a minor
  • Attend at least one Social Justice and Leadership Summit

Expectations of Farmer Fellows

Commitment to the work of diversity and social justice education

  • Attend and participate in intensive, interactive training prior to facilitating sessions
  • Attend ongoing training sessions that will take place on a regular basis throughout the year
  • Facilitate diversity/social justice workshops and programs each semester
  • Embrace and embody the community values of UMW at all times
  • Complete an evaluation of the program at the end of each semester
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative 2.25 grade point average
  • Comply with the University’s Principles on Diversity and Inclusion, Statement of Community Values, Honor Code and Code of Conduct
  • Support the mission and operation of the JFMC throughout the year

Incentives for Farmer Fellow

The benefits of becoming a Farmer Fellow are as follows:

  • Enhanced leadership and organizational skills of facilitators
  • Gain valuable skills in public speaking, facilitation, group development, and working with diverse populations
  • Increase opportunities to educate and impact the student body on topics related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice
  • Participate in and contribute to a program that further honors and uplifts the legacy of Dr. Farmer

If you are interested in participating in this program, please complete and submit the DPE/Farmer Fellows Application.