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Center for Excellence in Peer Education Celebrates 10 years

Posted by: Erin Blevins | October 6, 2021 | No Comment |

We’ve all heard the saying, “If you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime.” The College of Charleston has taken this maxim one step further by teaching students not just how to learn, but also how to teach others the best ways to learn.

Established in 2011, the Center for Excellence in Peer Education, or CEPE (“see – pee,” as its students call it), is a place where CofC students can learn how to become  peer educators. To mark the center’s tenth anniversary as a central hub for training and supporting peer educators, the CEPE will host a drop-in open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, in the Lightsey Center, Suite B66. 

The CEPE is unique to the College of Charleston; no other large campus in South Carolina has a peer education center. The center serves as a way for students to get involved, help others and become part of the campus community, all while taking on the role of “peer educator.”

According to Page Keller, the center’s director since its establishment, “peer educator” is an umbrella term that encompasses a lot of different roles where any paraprofessional –  meaning a recipient of formal training – serves in a peer-helping-peer role. At the College, peer educators are deployed across campus in many different places from academics to student life, fulfilling program specific duties in areas that spark their interests.

Read full article at the College Today here

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