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Academic Integration

Students have the opportunity to be involved in Peer Education programs at Stony Brook. These programs extend beyond regular course load, and helps to broaden students’ knowledge on a variety of topics. The programs offered teach students the skills required to spread their knowledge through interactions with peers. Stony Brook University offers Peer Education programs in HIV/AIDS reduction and in Diversity awareness.

AIDS Peer Education

AIDS Peer Education addresses issues of HIV transmission and risk reduction, including identifying opportunities to discuss risk and promote risk reduction, and supporting the process of behavior change.  The core of the preparation is a two-course, two semester sequence for which students earn a total of six credits. As a result of being an AIDS Peer Educator, students will learn skills that will help them speak with their peers about risk reduction.


Thursdays 3:50 pm to 5:30pm
One Tuesday per month 3:50pm to 5:30pm
Fall/Spring Weekend Retreat

  • Fall semester retreat is scheduled for early September at an off-campus location.
  • Spring semester retreats are a series of day long sessions on campus.

For more information please contact Marisa Jeffers at


Diversity Peer Education

Diversity Peer Education is an accredited university course in which students are exposed to an array of diverse topics including stereotypes, prejudice, oppression, race, socioeconomic class, sexism, ageism, spirituality, sexual orientation, gender, ableism, body image, privilege, etc. During the semester, students obtain the knowledge and skills to teach other students through conversation, outreach, programming, and role-modeling about social justice issues facing the community within and outside of the university, as well as, on an individual, institutional and global level. Current affairs articles, text, role-play, interactive exercises & activities are utilized to prepare students to become advocates against oppression and mentors for other students.

For more information about the DPE program, please contact the DPE team at