Diversity Peer Educator (DPE)

The DPE program and training offers students of many academic disciples, cultures, backgrounds, and interests an increased leadership credential in multicultural education. Participants engage in an immersive process on the foundations of multiculturalism, cultural competency, and social justice work, as well as application of learned skills to daily life experiences. The DPE program provides an opportunity for students to become active participants in ally-ship and to become part of a community of learners that support understanding, respect, and application for all people. Students are invited to apply each Fall and Spring semester. This Spring we will be launching DPE 2.0, which is an advanced level training that builds upon the Fall DPE Training that introduced concepts of privilege, power, and oppression. This second part will higher more skills building opportunities on social justice. Visit the Diversity Peer Educators page for more information.

Why become a DPE?

DPE's will…

  • enhance their leadership training and skills through various training and conference opportunities
  • gain valuable skills in public speaking, facilitation, group development, and working with diverse populations
  • form relationships with the Office of Multicultural Affairs staff and other students, University staff and administrators
  • better the UMass Lowell community by engaging the campus in purposeful dialogue to promote inclusivity
  • help facilitate trainings and collaborative programs with other campus offices such as Student Activities & Leadership and Residence Life


Applicants must:

  • have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA and be in good judicial standing
  • be students planning to enroll at UMass Lowell for the semester and 1 semester beyond the application date
  • be able to attend a two-day training, and additional fun and engaging training workshops to meet other DPEs, build their own awareness, and learn new skill (exact dates TBA).

Application Information

Spring 2016 Training Dates:
  • Friday, March 4, 2 - 7p.m. at UC 260A (Dinner provided)
  • Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at UC 490 (Lunch provided)

Updated Applications will be available soon.