Education

Harvard To Pay Students To Educate Others About Diversity

Harvard University will pay students $11 dollars an hour to educate their peers about diversity and inclusion this fall.

Wednesday is the last day students can apply to become Diversity Peer Educators (DPE) at the school. The educators will be responsible for organizing and leading trainings on diversity and inclusion, promoting social justice around campus, and serving as ambassadors for the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. The students must be undergrads, but no formal training or skills are necessary.

The ambassadors will work eight to ten hours a week, meaning that they make roughly $100 dollars a week. Given that college semesters are approximately 15 weeks long, a student serving as a diversity ambassador for one school year will make roughly $3,000 dollars to educate peers about social justice, facilitation, and conflict resolution.

The ambassadors are meant to “address the need for bridging and belonging,” and are asked to encourage “sustained dialogue,” according to the job’s description. Ambassadors will be trained by the Intergroup Dialogue program and will work together to foster a “proactive approach in building relationships between and among communities and to promote dialogue as an on-going exercise.”

Ambassadors also must plan at least one dorm project each semester, implement campus wide social justice efforts, attend weekly office hours, and participate in a DPE retreat in January.

The program was created in the fall of 2016, and previous peer educators have hosted events like “Understanding Safe Spaces,” “Homophobia and Heteronormativity,” and “Oppression in the Classroom,” according to Campus Reform.

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