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Peer Educators Encouraging Healthy Relationships and Sexuality (PEEHRS)

Peer Educators Encouraging Healthy Relationships and Sexuality (PEEHRS) are valued members of the Office of Health Promotion team and support efforts to move SU toward becoming safer and more caring community where students dialogue with each other in a variety of venues about healthy relationships and healthy sexuality. The peer educators help to lead and facilitate programming on campus with different classes, organizations and groups as well as assisting with the planning of campus-wide initiatives. The minimum time commitment to be involved with the group is 3 to 5 hours per week which includes a weekly meeting, office hour(s), and programming commitments. Currently Office of Health Promotion peer educators meet every Friday morning from 10:30am-12:30pm to talk about relationships and sexuality issues, learn about resources on campus and develop skills to facilitate discussions with other students on campus. As well as spending one hour in the Office of Health Promotion weekly working on different programming initiatives. The goal of the peer education program is to promote healthy, respectful relationships free from all violence.

Office of Health Promotion peer educators create safe spaces for their peers to talk about such topics as healthy, positive sexuality, how to respond to actual or potential abuse or harassment, how to intervene with peers who are perpetuating gender bias, and how to support peers who are targeted by sexual and/or relationship violence.  

The Office of Health Promotion peer educators partner with student organizations that promote a society that is free from sexual and relationship violence. They also collaborate with the Counseling Center’s Be Wise Peer Educators, a group of dedicated students who are trained to provide educational trainings and outreach on increasing awareness about alcohol use and alcohol poisoning and the Office of Health Promotion Mental Health Peer Educators, a group of dedicated students who are trained to provide educational programming and outreach about mental wellness including stress reduction, sleep health, time management, resiliency and reducing stigma.

If you are unable to meet the minimum time requirements of 3 to 5 hours per week and are still interested in being involved please join the Office of Health Promotion volunteer listserv please submit a request here.

PEEHRS applications are now closed. To get involved with OHP programming, please sign up for our volunteer list.