After careful consideration, Health Promotion and Wellness Services (HPWS) has decided to pause the Peer Education program for the Fall 2021-Spring 2022 academic year. Shifting health and wellness needs of our students as well as additional responsibilities of our staff require us to pause and reassess the most meaningful and effective ways we can do our work and run the peer education program. We plan to open Peer Educator applications in February 2022 for the Fall 2022- Spring 2023 school year. Please complete this interest form if you would like to be contacted when we open applications in February 2022.
Please note, the pause does not apply to all HPWS programs/services. Meditation, Nutrition Coaching, Peer Leadership, Wellness Coaching, Wellness Education Hub offerings, and professional staff consultations are still available.
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About the UHC Peer Programs
University Health Center Peer Programs are experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate students at the University of Maryland. Peers specialize in different content areas and activities, but all are responsible for educating, serving, and improving the wellness of University of Maryland community members.
University Health Center Peer Programs include:
Health Promotion and Wellness Services (HPWS) Peer Education Programs that address sexual health and wellness, stress and mental wellness, and alcohol and other substance use.
Campus Advocates Respond and Educate (CARE) to Stop Violence Peer Programs include Peer Education, Advocacy and Outreach, and address power-based violence, such as sexual assault, relationship violence, sexual harassment, and stalking.
Health Promotion & Wellness Services
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).
CARE to Stop Violence
Current undergraduate students may apply to CARE Peer Education or CARE Peer Outreach during the 2021-2022 school year (applications close March 9th, 2021). Applications accepted during the 2020-2021 school year are for admission to the program during the 2021-2022 school year. PLEASE NOTE: CARE Advocacy accepts applicants during the month of February. If you are interested in applying for CARE Advocacy, check back in February for that option. Please read our form instructions carefully for additional information and program requirements.
Complete the application at: go.umd.edu/carepeerprogram