Rebel Advocates is a peer education program housed in the Center for Social Justice (CSJ) and is made up of UNLV undergraduate students. This program provides students with the opportunity to raise awareness of pertinent issues to promote a culture of equity. This is done through a 12-week formal training focused on facilitating dialogues around various identity, diversity, and social justice topics. Once going through the training the students offer various service and educational based events and workshops for the UNLV campus community. This is a non-paid position within the Center for Social Justice.
“To cultivate a REBEL community that is an equitable and inclusive environment for all members with respect to individual and intersecting social identities”
“REBEL Advocates will foster and facilitate peer-to-peer dialogues, around various social justice issues at the local, national, and global level through a multitude of workshops, trainings, and/or educational events for the UNLV campus community”
What is the Role of Rebel Advocates?
- To serve as a student educator to bring awareness to diversity and social justice issues
- To assist in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment within the Center for Social Justice (CSJ) and the UNLV community.
- To serve as an advocate for various social justice issues
- To serve as a resource for students and student organizations
- To serve as change agents and catalyst around social justice issues
*As Rebel Advocates we are often called upon to engage students, staff, faculty, and the community in dialogue around various social justice issues. While we engage in various programs, workshops, and dialogues there are still some areas that go beyond our scope of ability. Below are some areas that we will be happy to find other people on campus for you that would better serve your needs:
- Bias Incident Reporting
- Conflict Management (University and Departmental Level)
- Crisis Management (University and Departmental Level)
Become a Rebel Advocate
UNLV students can become a Rebel Advocate at any time. By joining Rebel Advocates you’ll have the opportunity to identify, discuss and respond to issues that matter to members of our local, national and global community.
Rebel Advocates receive valuable experience that provides useful skills in the classroom and in our society. We are different from other student organizations because of how we define and approach our mission.
Rebel Advocates define social justice as both a process and a goal. Adams, Bell and Griffin (2007) state “the goal of social justice is full and equal participation of all groups in a society that is mutually shaped to meet their needs. Social Justice included a vision of society that is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure.”
We understand dialogue as is a mechanism to have an open and honest conversation with people different or similar from yourself and/or those who you may never have previously interacted with before. People who dialogue listen to understand, rather than debate to prove a point or persuade others. There is no winner, as the motive for dialogue is to learn, collaborate, and create new and shared deeper understanding both of yourself and others.
Finally, Rebel Advocates see service/volunteering as not only lending a hand, but engaging with the community, critically examining the situation, questioning the injustices that exist, and doing our part to work toward systemic change.
*Reference: Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice: A Sourcebook. Edited by Maurianne Adams, Lee Anne Bell, and Pat Griffin.
- Completed Rebel Advocates application and successful interview.
- Must hold a 2.5 GPA cumulative and maintain a 2.5 throughout their involvement.
- Must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours at UNLV for the fall and spring semester.
- Be in good standing with the university.
- Must be available for all training dates
Applications for the 2015-2016 Rebel Advocates are due Friday, September 4th at 5:00PM to Roberto Orozco at firstname.lastname@example.org or by submitting an application in person to the Center for Social Justice (Houssels House) attn: Roberto Orozco.