About Us – Peer Wellness Educator

Peer Wellness Educators are an integral part to Student Wellness’ overall strategy to create a health promoting university.  

Mission

Peer Wellness Educators strive to work with students, staff, and faculty to enhance student success by building capacity among student organizations and networks to enhance wellbeing in person, place, and planet.  

Values

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.  

History

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 trained in peer education and health promotion skills

What We Do

Outreach

  • We strive to reach all students with wellness information and resources.  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.

Capacity Building

  • Build capacity among student organizations and networks to join the “Community of CARE”.
  • Work with student leaders to assess needs and areas of opportunity to enhance wellbeing in their group.
  • Work with student organizations to identify and plan wellbeing strategies for their group.