Facilitator Training and Facilitation Groups
At Occidental, a handful of well-qualified students are afforded the unique opportunity to co-facilitate a Dialogue course. Peer facilitation within a carefully designed, student-centered learning context sets the stage for unique, authentic engagement of sensitive Dialogue topics about commonality and difference.
Student facilitators are well trained having completed an intensive (six hours/week) semester of interdisciplinary coursework in the areas of psychology, sociology, communications, and education. Traditional content is supplemented with weekly experiential learning labs.
During the co-facilitation semester peer facilitators work closely with faculty who support them as they move through a loosely-structured, four-stage curriculum that focuses on a specific set of social identities: race/ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, race and gender. Peer facilitators extend their learning about intergroup relations in a practicum course that provides a supportive learning space for all.
What is required to serve as a peer facilitator? Prerequisites for peer facilitation include successful completion of Psychology 333 and 333L, effective listening, inquiry, and perspective-taking skills, heightened awareness of intergroup dynamics, including conflict and a variety of emotions, a clearly demonstrated capacity to respond empathically to others, commitment to social justice, and demonstrated ability to work with diverse others.
- Director: Dr. Jaclyn Rodríguez Swan 337 (323) 259-2747 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Assistant Director: Kenjus Watson, M.Ed. Swan 332 (323)259-4687 email@example.com
- Social Psych Lab: Swan B203 (323)341-4887 firstname.lastname@example.org
- FAX: 323-341-4887