Helping, Educating, Advocating, and Learning Through Health.
The peer education program provides an opportunity for students to promote positive lifestyle choices among fellow students as well as sharpen, practice, and develop professional skills. A peer educator is a student who facilitates the raising of awareness, the learning of knowledge, and change of behavior concerning health. These actions often occur in individual, small group, or large scale settings that involve a variety of instructional methods.
Many ask, "What is a peer educator?" Sometimes, though, it is easier to explain what a peer educator is NOT in order to better understand. A peer educator is not:
After training, recruits will facilitate relaxed, informative, and interactive programs on a variety of health-related topics ranging from healthy sexuality to alcohol and drug abuse prevention. These programs will be presented to residence halls, fraternities and sororities, interested student organizations, organizations within the community (school system, youth groups, etc.), and academic classes. These presentations are either those requested through the HERC or those that the peer educator has solicited on his/her own.
Peer educators are also encouraged to assist with the promotion and implementation of special events and services sponsored by the HERC. These awareness events include: