Diversity Empowerment Education Program (DEEP)
DEEP’s mission is to promote student engagement for marginalized students through a social justice lens. The program implements peer interns who work with our residents and staff to proactively help students with affirming and celebrating their intersectional identities. DEEP interns serve as a community resource, connection point and empowerment aid that help students at a PWI (Predominantly White Institution) adjust and adapt by increasing resiliency. Our reciprocal learning model promotes academic success and student retention by focusing on improving student wellness, advancing intersectional equity, increasing a sense of belonging and improving community cohesion.
We work with a new group of interns every year.
Meet our new fall 2023 interns
Why did you choose to be a DEEP intern?
Taking on the role of DEEP intern provided me with an opportunity to be a part of the college community while helping students whom I was able to relate to. Being a recent graduate, I understand how important it is to find a mentor as you adjust to your new life on campus. My experience as a first-generation minority graduate student makes it especially important to talk about it and hopefully inspire other new students at Binghamton to do the same.
How do you think the DEEP program can support student well-being through a DEI lens?
Students participating in the DEEP program receive support and perspectives and gain a deeper understanding of the importance of being a minority on campus. It is not uncommon for students of color to feel unrepresented and insecure where they live on campus. We will change this narrative with DEEP by setting goals, forming relationships, and demonstrating how residents can connect on campus, enhancing DEI in Reslife.
I wanted to be a DEEP intern because I know the importance of finding community with people of similar cultural backgrounds to yourself, especially as a minority. At my undergraduate university, I was lucky enough to find a sense of community via groups on campus that were similar to what DEEP is for Binghamton University. I hope that by being a DEEP intern, I can serve as a mentor and a resource for other underrepresented student residents here and that I can help students find their community. The DEEP program rests on the foundation of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and these aspects are facilitated through the role of DEEP interns as mentors, resources, and confidants for students living on-campus. I am very grateful to be a part of this program and its wonderful mission!
|Hello, my name is JoceLynn Labossiere and my pronouns are she/her. I chose the DEEP program to be able to mentor marginalized youth and provide a safe space for them. The DEEP program can support students by being a place of encouragement and enrichment for marginalized groups; by serving as a refugee from the challenging elements of life can ensure members of this program feel seen and secure.
|I am a first-year biomedical anthropology graduate student at Binghamton University. I originally worked in Residential Life and Education at my previous university and have experienced engaging with residents and colleagues from many different walks of life, as well as the challenges and opportunities afforded by recognition of intersectional identities. It is my pleasure to be a DEEP intern to continue to help students both on and off-campus in an educational and engaging way. I am excited to work together to increase inclusivity and diversity on campus through raising awareness of intersectional identities, and to serve our marginalized students by providing tailored tools to help students start on the path to academic, personal, and professional success.
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Jazell J. Johnson
Residential Wellness Initiatives Director