About OPAL Education

General Update

After receiving extensive feedback from students and OPAL Staff, OPAL Education has been restructured to focus more intentionally on leadership development, community building, and peer to peer learning. If you were involved in the program previously as an Ambassador or Fellow, you must submit a new application. Please also note that the new role of Peer Inclusivity Facilitators is most similar to the previous Ambassador role.

Mission

OPAL Education supports the larger mission of the Office of Pluralism and Leadership to "contribute to the creation of a socially just world". OPAL Education focuses on the growth and development of students in the program through leadership development, interactive learning spaces, and student-led workshops through:

  • CommunityWe know what it is like to feel different and alone. We gather in fellowship as a way to support and uplift one another.
  • AuthenticityWe respect the inherent dignity in all people. With empathy and compassion, we strive to be honest, to be ourselves, and to create spaces for others.
  • IntersectionalitySystematic injustices and social inequality are the result of interrelated and interlocking forms of oppression. We act and work in ways that honor the multiple dimensions of each person's identity (dominant and marginalized) that intersect, influence one another, and compound to create unique experiences.
  • Professional DevelopmentWe believe that change is ongoing, lifelong work that begins within ourselves. We are committed to seeking out new experiences, perspectives, and knowledges.
  • EmpowermentWe support individuals and communities in finding their power and becoming agents of social change.
  • SolidarityWe believe that forming coalitions and acting in solidarity with other groups makes us more powerful than when we act alone.

Purpose

OPAL Education is geared towards undergraduate student groups who are interested in interactive workshops with an educational and community-building component. The program focuses on peer to peer learning and facilitations that are executed by trained student facilitators for student groups across campus.