Peer facilitators sought to engage new students in book discussions
Beginning in the fall 2018 semester, new students will participate in a shared academic experience to explore together themes of diversity, inclusion and belonging—and what it means to come together as a community to share those ideals.
The University is launching the Syracuse Reads Program, a shared reading program coordinated by the Provost’s Office for all first-year and transfer students. The book selected for the 2018-19 academic year is Born a Crime, a memoir by Trevor Noah, South African comedian and host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.
The University will provide a copy of the book to all first-year and transfer students before they arrive on campus for the start of their academic careers. The students will then discuss the book and work on a common assignment in first-year writing courses in the College of Arts and Sciences, and also have further conversations surrounding the book in peer-led discussion groups.
Interested in helping lead new students in the book discussion around Born a Crime and the themes of diversity and belonging?
Apply or nominate someone to become a peer leader for the new Syracuse Reads Program
Peer facilitators will be paid a $400 stipend.
If accepted, students must be able to:
- Attend one kick-off meeting (May 1, 4, 9 or 10)
- Attend the overnight facilitator training Sept. 8 and 9
- Facilitate four small-group discussion sessions over a three- to four-week period in fall 2018
- Attend a debrief session
Students can apply to be a peer facilitator, or they can be nominated by faculty, staff, or another student.
Applications must be submitted by noon on Wednesday, April 18.