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Meet Our Peer Educators

Allie

Allie

Students Advocating for Mental Health Empowerment


Anita Benn, '18

Anita Benn, '18

Peer Educator Encouraging Healthy Relationships & Sexuality

I serve as a peer educator encouraging healthy relationships for the office of health promotion because I want educate my peers on sexual assault issues and revamp conversations about sex to demonstrate it is a collective effort from all of us.

Majors: International Relations and Policy Studies

Favorite Topic: Sexual Health


Bri

Bri

Students Advocating for Mental Health Empowerment

I became a peer educator to educate my classmates on mental health wellness and provide them with helpful tips and solutions while further educating myself. Mental health awareness is crucial especially for college students so it's important to bring OHP'S awareness to my classmates.
Buddy Paladino

Buddy Paladino

Students Advocating for Mental Health Empowerment

I became a peer educator because I feel it's important for every college student should be aware of how to best take care of themselves.
Caroline Blair

Caroline Blair

Students Advocating for Mental Health Empowerment

I became a Peer Educator, because mental health and wellness is something that I find so important, and by becoming a Mental Health and Wellness Peer Educator, it has allowed me to share that knowledge with others. I feel so grateful and fortunate to be around a group of people so dedicated to these issues.
Crys, '19

Crys, '19

Peer Educator Encouraging Healthy Relationships & Sexuality

I am a peer educator because I believe it is not only important to educate other peers about healthy relationships and positive sexuality, but yourself as well.

Majors:  Policy Studies and Communications with a minor in Women & Gender Studies 

Favorite Topic: Reproductive Justice


Crystal

Crystal

Team Leader for Students Advocating for Mental Health Empowerment

I became a peer educator my junior year of college because I wanted to learn more about advocating for mental health on our campus. There is so much to learn not just about mental health concerns, but also preventative measures our community can take to reduce the negative impacts of mental illness. 
Deborah Orieta, '20

Deborah Orieta, '20

Peer Educator Encouraging Healthy Relationships & Sexuality

I became a peer educator to help break the taboo around relationships and sexuality, and to help people have important, constructive conversations about them.

Majors: Geography and Food Studie

Favorite Topic: Sexual Health


Erin

Team Leader for Students Advocating for Mental Health Empowerment

I became a peer educator because myself and those close to me have suffered from poor mental health and it is a priority to me that everyone has the right tools to have a healthy life- both physically and mentally.
Isis Orejuela, '18

Isis Orejuela, '18

Team Leader for Peer Educators Encouraging Healthy Relationships & Sexuality

I am a peer educator because I want to ensure that certain topics, including sexual health, healthy relationships, and interpersonal violence, are topics that can and will be discussed on the campus I spend the majority of my time on.

Majors: Child & Family Studies and Psychology

Favorite Topic: Sexual Health


Izmailia

Izmailia

Students Advocating for Mental Health Empowerment

Realizing how grateful I am to those who have, and still probably are, helping me in my journey towards mental wellness, I hope to be a similar source of light for someone else.  My goal is to share the mindset of persistent positive progression that has helped me through countless struggles and help build resiliency in anyone who needs it.
Joe

Joe

Students Advocating for Mental Health Empowerment

I became a peer educator because mental health is an important condition we should always be working on to improve, just like our physical health for example. Being a peer educator also helps me learn new information and maximize the knowledge I already have in order to educate other students about this topic.
Jordan, '18

Jordan, '18

Peer Educator Encouraging Healthy Relationships & Sexuality

I think it’s important to have an honest discussion about STDs, HIV, and AIDS since there’s a lot of stigma surrounding these topics and it’s important for anyone who’s sexually active to have accurate information.

Majors: Information Management & Technology and History

Favorite Topics: STDs, HIV/AIDS, Chronic Illness & Reproductive Rights


Julia Duarte, '20

Julia Duarte, '20

Peer Educator Encouraging Healthy Relationships & Sexuality

I am a peer educator because I would like to educate and leave an impact on my peers since not everyone has been given proper and accurate sexual health education in their lifetime.

Major: Communications Design

Favorite Topics: Sexual Health and Contraception


Karla Silva

Karla Silva

Students Advocating for Mental Health Empowerment

I became part of the SAMHE team because I believe it's important for students to be aware of the resources that are available to them especially in terms of their mental health. I also believe that a lot of students forget how important it is to take care of your mental health, especially in college. Balancing school, friends, a job, and making sure you're taking care of yourself can be a difficult task, and I joined this team to try to help make it a little easier for everyone.
Kiana Parrott

Kiana Parrott

Students Advocating for Mental Health Empowerment

Being able to learn more about mental wellness concerns within the community and on our campus, can better me into taking that knowledge and growth to educate other students about the stresses that life can bring. Shedding light on such an important aspect in students lives can help them make better decisions on their mental status and cause a chain reaction to teach others.
Marina Cortes, '19

Marina Cortes, '19

Peer Educator Encouraging Healthy Relationships & Sexuality

Sexual health education is still seen as taboo and I became a peer educator to help educate my peers and create a safer and smarter campus.

Majors: Biology and Forensic Science

Favorite Topic: Sexual Health


Nicolette Loporcaro

Students Advocating for Mental Health Empowerment

I wanted to take my personal experiences with my own mental health and turn it into something positive. I want others to be educated about their mental health and know that they are not alone in their issues or struggles. 
Rachel Saunders, '18

Rachel Saunders, '18

Peer Educator Encouraging Healthy Relationships & Sexuality

I am a peer educator because I think it is important to have conversations on subjects like sexual health and signs of relationship violence, especially on college campuses.

Major: Political Science 

Favorite Topic: Sexual Health 


Richelle Calderon, '20

Richelle Calderon, '20

Peer Educator Encouraging Healthy Relationships & Sexuality

I became a peer educator because I wasn’t provided with proper sexual health education in high school and want to help educate those in my shoes.

Majors: Biology and Secondary Science Education

Favorite Topics: Sexual Health & Education


Ryan Patel, '19

Ryan Patel, '19

Peer Educator Encouraging Healthy Relationships & Sexuality

I became a peer educator because I wanted to learn more about supporting people of marginalized identities. I also have passion for educating others about healthy relationships and behaviors.

Major: Public Health with minors in Biology and Chemistry 

Favorite Topic: Feminism & Healthy Masculinity


Sarina

Sarina

Students Advocating for Mental Health Empowerment

I became a peer educator to better myself as a individual and member of the campus community. I knew the information and skills I could learn in this position would be invaluable.
Saumya Melwani

Saumya Melwani

Students Advocating for Mental Health Empowerment

I became a peer educator because I wanted to make a difference on our campus and encourage conversations about mental health. And to create a campus that is able to provide its students with the correct resources to live a healthier lifestyle.
Tara Kielty, '20

Tara Kielty, '20

Peer Educator Encouraging Healthy Relationships & Sexuality

I am a peer educator because there is a major lack of education regarding sexuality and healthy relationships in our country.

Major: Sociology with a minor in Women & Gender Studies 

Favorite Topic: Sexual Health


Teagan Peacock, '18

Teagan Peacock, '18

Peer Educator Encouraging Healthy Relationships & Sexuality

I’m here to create a safer space on campus for people to express themselves in a healthy and positive manner and to ensure the community is aware of the resources available to them.

Major: Public Relations and Middle Eastern Studies

Favorite Topic: Birth Control


Vivianna Salce, '19

Vivianna Salce, '19

Peer Educator Encouraging Healthy Relationships & Sexuality

I became a peer educator because I realized that not everyone has had the same amount of sex education that I have had and I want to be able to spread that knowledge to make sure everyone is educated.

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Favorite Topic: Sexual Health