What is a FIRE Starter?
FIRE Starters are the Gender Relations Center’s peer educators who assist in developing and implementing programs for the campus community that foster dialogue on issues of identity, gender and healthy relationships. FIRE Starters promote open and inclusive discussion, and encourage their peers to respect the inherent dignity and equality of every member of the Notre Dame family.
Why be a FIRE Starter?
Hear from our current FIRE Starters...
- Complete an application, including an essay and letter of recommendation from a professor, staff member or peer.
- Attend a mandatory overnight training retreat, prior to the start of the fall semester.
- Agree to a 10-hour minimum commitment of service per semester, including:
Benefits of being a FIRE Starter:
- Gain knowledge and confidence through leadership training to:
- Design and implement programs.
- Deliver presentations to a variety of audiences.
- Facilitate small-group discussions.
- Learn more about topics such as Body Image and Eating Disorders, Sexuality, Rape and Sexual Assault, and Dating and Relating.
- Give back to the Notre Dame by serving as a role model and making a difference in the community.
- Participate in hands-on planning and execution of programs that are designed by students for students.
- Have fun! FIRE Starters are a dynamic and diverse group of students who get to know one another on the retreat and spend time together throughout the year at ongoing trainings, programs and social gatherings.