Seeking all students eager to make a positive impact on campus, the annual peer educator application is now open through Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021! Positions are paid and provide opportunities to connect with fellow students and build resumes.
Peer educators work in health promotion at the Barnes Center at The Arch and are a group of undergraduate students who provide health and wellness information to the campus community. Peer Educators are held to a high standard in their role and act as liaisons that connect their peers to an array of different campus resources to ensure further student success. There are three Peer Education teams that each specialize in different dimensions of wellness.
1. Be Wise: focus on educating and empowering the campus community to make informed decisions regarding the use of alcohol and other substances.
2. Students Advocating Mental Health Empowerment (SAMHE): focus on mental health and emotional intelligence through an array of subjects related to stress and time management, self-care, and sleep hygiene.
3. Peer Educators Encouraging Healthy Relationships and Sexuality (PEEHRS): focus on sexuality and relationships including topics like consent, pro-social bystander intervention, sexual health and pleasure.
“Peer education has provided me with a community of people who motivate me, keep me passionate and want to see me succeed. It has been one of the most fulfilling and fun experiences of my college career,” says Sami Ryan ’21, peer educator.
Every student is encouraged to apply, especially those with a passion for health and wellness, and those interested in fostering a supportive student campus community. Peer educators seek to inform and empower their fellow students with the knowledge and resources to live their happiest, healthiest lives. Peer education is very rewarding work that benefits not only peer educators themselves, but the entire campus community.