YOU CAN HELP make UNH a safer place by volunteering for SHARPP. Even better — earn course credit for it! If you want to speak up, educate and provide support for survivors, SHARPP is the place for you. Become a peer advocate or community educator!
Do you have a passion for social justice? Do you want to teach people on campus about sexual violence? You can do just that and earn course credit by becoming a community educator. Earn up to four credits during an academic year. For more information, visit unh.edu/sharpp/community-educators. If you are interested, please contact our education and outreach coordinator, Maggie Wells, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community educators are vital to spreading the word about healthy relationships and sexual assault prevention at UNH through various educational programs and events across campus.
Training: To become a community educator, you must be certified through the Innovative Leadership with Education & Action Among Peers (iLEAP) program. iLEAP is a comprehensive peer-to-peer training program for UNH students who work with Health Services, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) and SHARPP. The training for certification is thorough, but participants will walk away with a host of skills, making them talented educators and effective leaders on campus. iLEAP covers the following topics:
- What is peer-to-peer education?
- Activism and advocacy
- Listening and interpersonal skills
- Presentation and facilitation skills
- Responding to students in need and making appropriate referrals
- Ethics and confidentiality
- Privilege, oppression and identities, presented by OMSA
- Safe Zones, presented by OMSA
- Wellness — honoring your whole self, presented by Health Services
- Strategies for behavior change, presented by Health Services
- Wildcats Get Consent, presented by SHARPP
- SHARPP 101, presented by SHARPP
- Taking care of yourself, presented by Health Services
Quotes from Community Educators:
“My time as a CE for SHARPP is one of the things that I am most proud of in my career at UNH. The people I have met through programming and education as well as everyone that is a part of SHARPP have directly and indirectly impacted my life in extremely positive ways. It is safe to say that volunteering for SHARPP has played a huge role in shaping the person I am today.” —Deanna Nesti ’17, occupational therapy
“I got interested in becoming a community educator because of how many students I met in my first year at UNH who were either survivors or closely connected to a survivor of sexual assault. It really did not sit well with me, so I decided to read up and learn about these issues through my avenues in Student Senate and Phi Mu Delta. After my sophomore year, I decided I wanted to get involved in educating the community and trying to be part of the solution.” —Cameron Cook ’17, political science
“I became a community educator because I believe there should be no such things as ‘taboo topics.’ The silenced topics need to become discussable in order for a change to happen — and we all are part of the solution. ” —Lisa Dittman ’18, international affairs
Make an impact on your community while earning course credit! Peer advocacy training is offered in the fall for two credits. For more information, visit unh.edu/sharpp/peer-advocates. If you are interested, connect with our direct service coordinator, Megan Berman, at email@example.com.
Mission: To provide advocacy and crisis intervention for survivors of recent, past, or attempted sexual assault, child sexual assault, incest, intimate partner violence, stalking, sexual harassment and their allies. Additionally, educators will work to prevent and eliminate sexual/intimate partner violence in the UNH community.
- Complete advocacy training (Justice Studies 410)
- Complete ongoing/in-service training
- Make a minimum of a full academic year commitment
- Attend volunteer staff meetings
- Must be a registered UNH student, faculty or staff member
- Must be committed to SHARPP’s mission and philosophy
Quotes from Advocates:
“I decided to become a peer advocate to help empower survivors. Making the decision to become an advocate was one of the best choices I have made at UNH! It’s inspiring to be around students and staff that have a similar passion for helping others.” —Maureen Tyner ’19, social work
“Since hearing about SHARPP, I was sure it was something I wanted to be a part of. I’ve always seen great value in the idea of being able to support and advocate for peers in a potential time of need. It was the class that was especially appealing to me because it offered the skill set to do just that.” —Justin Poisson ’18, economics and international affairs
“On this campus we are so privileged to have a fully functioning crisis center that is dedicated to helping survivors, and I knew that I needed to be part of that resource by becoming a peer advocate.” —Shannon Bryant ’19, communication sciences and disorders
I have been part of SHARPP since I was a sophomore. I am now a senior and have been trained as both a peer advocate and a community educator. I encourage you all to become involved. As I am preparing for graduation and reflecting on my time at UNH, SHARPP has stood out as one of my best experiences. I have been able to learn more about sexual assault and, more importantly, how I can be part of the solution. If you care about UNH and this community, volunteer! Trust me, it will be worth it.