Introducing a New Higher Peer Advisor: Dan Peterson

Higher recruits a team of refugee employment professionals who serve as advisors to Higher and share their expertise in workforce development. The advisors are drawn from diverse audiences including national resettlement agencies and their affiliate offices, government programs, and others involved in workforce development. They promote our resources within their own social media networks, join Higher staff for trainings across the country, contribute to webinars and other virtual trainings, write guest blogs, and provide their insight and expertise to specific technical assistance requests throughout the year.

Recently, World Relief headquarters nominated Dan Peterson as a Higher Peer Advisor. Please welcome Dan! Don’t hesitate to reach out to him (dpeterson@wr.org).

Dan: Hello Higher community. My name is Dan Peterson and I am an Employment Specialist in Wheaton, Illinois with World Relief DuPage/Aurora. My primary role has been working with new arrivals, but recently I have been working with clients to secure their second jobs and to achieve career advancement opportunities. Before coming to World Relief, I was a graduate of cross-cultural studies from the Worldview Centre for Intercultural Studies in Tasmania, Australia.

I am excited for this opportunity to serve as a peer adviser and to learn alongside each one of you. I hope for this to be a collaborative opportunity with the goal of providing excellent employment services to our clients.

A few unrelated personal facts: I love lousy horror movies, I am an avid Yerba Mate tea drinker, and I love pretending to be an avid outdoorsman.

Dan Peterson

Early Employment Specialist, World Relief Dupage / Aurora

dpeterson@wr.org

If you know someone who would make a great Peer Advisor for Higher, please write to us at information@higheradvantage.org.

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Introducing Higher’s Peer Advisors Network

Higher's Peer Advisors Network

Top Row: Christina Casperson (IRC Baltimore), Bonni Cutler (Catholic Charities San Diego), Tanya Dumont (Lutheran Social Services New England), Middle Row: Matthew Fortier (IRC Suburban DC), Stephen Johnson (IRIS New Haven), Brittani McLeod (Catholic Community Services Utah), Bottom Row: Nadine Pedusseau (Catholic Charities San Diego), David Roth (Lutheran Services Carolinas) and Jim Stokes (IRC Dallas).

Meet the first 9 members of Higher’s Peer Advisors Network 2.0.  We’re excited about restarting this valuable addition to the Higher team.  We’ve updated the Peer Advisor role to reflect how we all learn, communicate and do our work now.

Who are Our Peer Advisors – so far?

You’ve already learned from them in blog posts, success stories, webinars and in-person events.  Each offer unique skills, qualifications and perspective.  All bring expertise to make our network – and Higher resources – even stronger.  Thanks to each of them for their contributions so far.

Click this link to read more about each of them.

What Do Peer Advisors Do?

Peer experts are drawn from diverse audiences, including national resettlement agencies and their affiliates’ offices, government programs and others involved in workforce development. They promote our resources within their own social media networks, join Higher staff for trainings across the country, contribute to webinars and other virtual trainings, and provide their insight and expertise to specific technical assistance requests throughout the year.

Want to Apply to Become a Peer Advisor?

There is still room to join.  We would especially welcome applications that add more complete geographic representation, representation from each of the nine voluntary agency affiliate networks and colleagues from a refugee background.

To nominate yourself or a colleague to be a peer expert, email your resume and a brief explanation of why you are interested in gettting involved to information@higheradvantage.org.  We will respond within two weeks of receiving your application.

 

 

 

 

 

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