With the University Health Center's HPWS Peer Education Program, undergraduate students earn credit to educate the campus community about wellness through one of three topic-specific lenses (stress and mental health, substance use, and sexual health and wellness). Being a peer educator is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience working directly with students, improve your public speaking and program planning skills, and join a group of talented, creative, dedicated students like you who are committed to our mission of wellness for all at UMD!
HPWS Peer Education Specializations
Peer educators will specialize in one of our three topic areas. While the three groups work closely together, they are three separate courses with different course numbers.
- stress and mental health
- sexual health and wellness
- alcohol and other drug use
What do HPWS Peer Educators do?
- Present to topic specific and general wellness information to classrooms and to student groups
- Provide workshops in various spaces on campus (i.e. res halls, with student orgs)
- Table for general and topic specific events on campus (i.e. First Look Fair, Thriving Thursdays)
- Support University Health Center programs (i.e. Wags for Wellness, STI testing events)
Peer Educators are required to commit to enrolling in the corresponding courses for both the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters and should expect to commit to an average of 3-5 hours each week (including class time).