Peer Advocate Expectations and Job Description
The Center for Sex and Gender Relations is a student-driven organization for advocacy, training, and education pertaining to all aspects of sexual health, sexual conduct, relationships, gender and orientation. The Center is operated by a group of Peer Advocates under the guidance of the Office of Health Promotion. Through partnerships with on and off campus resources, the Center is able to provide information and counseling referrals. The Center is a confidential space located on the 3rd Floor of Case Center where all students can visit to gather information about safer sex practices, purchase products, look at various resources regarding sexuality and gender, or hold discussions about sexual relationship issues.
Peer Advocate Requirements
Duties and Responsibilities
Peer Advocates (PA’s) work as resource guides for information seeking parties. Peer Advocates are not counselors. PA’s will work with the Center for Sex and Gender Relations as a resource and referral person. PA’s will participate in trainings on policies and procedures of Skidmore College, sexual health, campus and community resources (both on and off campus). PA’s are the connection between students and the above resources. They are knowledgeable, open, friendly, and maintain confidentiality.
Peer Advocates will not serve as the primary counselor for victims and/or their friends, accompany victims to the hospital; force a victim to make a formal report, take a report or ask for the perpetrator(s) name(s).
Minimum Requirements of Peer Advocates
- Being a PA is a considerable time commitment.
- minimum of one hour per week in the Center.
- Must attend weekly meetings.
- Must attend, help plan and execute, and potentially lead the major programs sponsored by the Center.
- PA’s will contribute to the execution of Center-related events.
- Class time will be determined by the registrar and can be found on the Master Schedule. These meetings are mandatory as Center procedures, planning, etc. will be discussed. If there are scheduling issues, please address this concern with Michelle Murray, Assistant Director of Health Promotion and Center for Sex & Gender Relations Advisor.
- While in the Center, PA’s are responsible for answering the phone, selling condoms, pregnancy test, etc., checking out books and other resources, talking with students who drop in, working on programming and other Center projects.
- Each PA will be assigned a program to work on each semester. PA’s are expected to keep up with deadlines necessary for its execution.
Center for Sex and Gender Relations
Peer Advocate Application