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Peer Health Educators

Peer Health Educators are a group of students from a variety of backgrounds with a common interest in promoting health and wellness.
Peer Health Educators from the Shaw Wellness Institute

What Do Peer Health Educators Do?

Each week the students meet to discuss relevant health issues on campus and plan programs to address these issues. Students are required to participate in 30 hours of outreach activities each semester. Topics for outreach range from stress management, sexual health, nutrition, alcohol and other drugs, and physical activity to name a few.


Peer Health Educator Program Topics

Stress management: The stress management program teaches students to identify and cope with stress while in a college setting. Through this interactive presentation students are given specific tools that they can use on a daily basis to manage their stress.

Alcohol harm reduction: Alcohol 411 (Or Should We Say 413) is an interactive alcohol education program aimed to show that the 'Work Hard, Play Hard' mentality can easily be changed to one of 'Work Hard, Play Responsibly' here at Colgate. Alcohol 411 (Or Should We Say 413) is personalized for Colgate students, and provides fun activities and information to teach how to easily reduce risk of alcohol use while still having an enjoyable time.

Body image: coming soon!

Sexual health: coming soon!


Peer Health Educators take a one credit hour PE course within a year of joining the group. The course covers a variety of topics that are relevant to college student health and wellness. Meeting twice a week, students participate in lively discussions on health topics while learning how to create fun, interesting, and meaningful health promoting programs.

Throughout the year students are able to participate in a variety of trainings including CPR, Safe Zone, Certified PeerEducator, and many others.