Peer Wellness Educators are an integral part to Student Wellness’ overall strategy to create a health promoting university.
Peer Wellness Educators strive to work with students, staff, and faculty to enhance student success by increasing access to wellness information, teaching life-enhancing skills, and advocating for environmental change to build a culture of well-being at ISU.
We embody the values of Student Wellness. We believe social inequities have caused unjust disparities in health, particularly for students with marginalized identities. Therefore, social justice is at the core of our work and we strive to transform our program to be as inclusive and accessible as possible. We want all students to have equitable access to information and health care and we want all students to live and learn in an environment that promotes their well-being. We are committed to dismantling barriers to health equity and invite you to join us in this work together as we continue to transform ISU into a health promoting university.
The development of the Peer Wellness Education program at Iowa State University began in November 2016. The first cohort of Peer Wellness Educators was hired in April 2017. The Peer Wellness Education program is housed within Student Wellness.
Who We Are
- Undergraduate students with diverse academic backgrounds and identities who are certified peer educators through the NASPA BACCHUS program.
What We Do
- We provide health education to students. We facilitate programs to students and disseminate other health information to educate students on campus.
- We work with other students, faculty, and staff to advocate for environmental and policy changes that support student success and well-being.
- We plan, implement, and evaluate evidence-based strategies to address health, wellbeing, and safety on campus.
- We strive to reach all students with wellness information. A primary way we do this is with our traveling BeWellHut. We connect with other students in their spaces to answer questions, provide information, and get them connected to resources.
- We create and disseminate wellness messages and campaigns to students on various wellness topics.
- We collaborate with student organizations and other groups to build capacity and a culture of wellbeing at ISU.