Students selected as Peer Educators function as paraprofessional members of Counseling Services. The focus of their work takes place in informal settings in residence halls, GDH, and Springs Student Center. Some services may take place in the Counseling Office.
To serve as a Peer Educator, you must:
- Complete 12 hours of training
- Understand the importance of confidentiality and strictly adhering to the confidentiality policy
- Attend weekly staff meetings with the Director of Counseling Services
- Be able to commit up to six hours per week for work-study
- Work with RDs and RAs in planning hall programs promoting health-related topics such as healthy relationships, alcohol awareness, tobacco cessation, sexual assault prevention, positive body image, etc.
- Plan and implement awareness on campus about the above topics during specified weeks in Springs and/or GDH
- Rising sophomore, junior, or senior with the ability to participate during the full academic year
- Minimum GPA of 2.5 and in good standing with Student Life and Honor Council
- Strong interest in counseling and peer education programs
- Understands the importance of confidentiality
- Interpersonal skills that reflect empathy and active listening
- Models behavior that is consistent with the PC policies regarding alcohol and drug use, models conflict resolution, assertive communication, etc.
- Self-starter who can function productively in an unsupervised environment