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Health & Counseling Center

Health Promotion

Peer Education at DU HCC

Peer Education within the Health and Counseling Center's Department of Health Promotion is made up of two teams: the Intervene Peer Educators and the Thrive Peer Health Educators. Each team employs 10 peer educators annually. Learn more about each of the programs and how to get involved below!
Intervene Peer Educators

Intervene: DU logoThe Intervene Peer Educators are a select group of students who educate the DU community on gender violence prevention and active bystander skills through outreach, programs, and training. Intervene Intervene Peer Educators receive over 40 hours of professional development training in gender violence and trauma topics, inclusive excellence practice, and effective facilitation.

Intervene Peer Educators facilitate "Intervene: DU," the active bystander trainings for all new, incoming first year students as well as the "Unpacking Gender Violence" training for returning students, in addition to other trainings requested by the DU community at large. The position is a 1 year commitment, with offers typically extended to students who are not graduating (i.e., you can return to this position as a junior, senior, etc).

View the full position description here. Information about applying can be found under the "Interested in Becoming a Peer Educator?" tab below.

Meet the Intervene Peer Educators!

  • Alana Rubinsky

    Alana Rubinsky

    Intervene Peer Educator

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Major: Psychology; Minor: Marketing

    Personal Interests: Outdoors activities in all seasons, dogs, art

    Why I became an Intervene Peer Educator: I believe that when you know better you do better. I want to educate people so that they can do the right thing (by intervening!) when faced with challenging situations.

    Favorite way to intervene: I really don't want there to be situations where I need to intervene, but when there are and I am present, I try to diffuse the risky situation before it escalates, as quickly and subtly as possible.

  • Dyna Arriaga

    Dyna Arriaga

    Intervene Peer Educator

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Majors: Gender and Women's Studies, Psychology

    Personal Interests: Scary movies and boba

    Why I became an Intervene Peer Educator: In class I have been learning about these things that contribute to a culture that perpetuates harm. I joined Peer Intervene to be part of the action and change to end this culture on DU's campus.

    Favorite way to intervene:  My favorite way to intervene is to open up a dialogue with someone who in the past may not have been exposed to previous opportunities to reflect on their identity and impact.

  • Hannah Branit

    Hannah Branit

    Intervene Peer Educator

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Major: Psychology

    Personal Interests: hiking, reading

    Why I became an Intervene Peer Educator: I think it is so so important to educate folks on what intervention looks like and to intervene in situations that can be uncomfortable.

    Favorite way to intervene: My favorite way to intervene is by example. It's always great seeing my friends step up in situations where I have intervened before.

  • Jackson Burow

    Jackson Burow

    Intervene Peer Educator

    Pronouns: He/Him/His

    Major: BA/MA candidate in International Studies

    Personal Interests: Politics, Sports, Social Justice, Skiing, Hiking, Music

    Why I became an Intervene Peer Educator: I think that the Intervene Peer Education program is a great way to help my community challenge dangerous norms and learn about issues that need far more attention.

    Favorite way to intervene: Ideally, I would be able to intervene well before anything happens by helping people avoid dangerous situations and identify problematic behavior. However, in the moment, I try to empathize with whoever is involved, and I really enjoy the moment when people realize that either their or someone else's behavior is problematic for themselves.

  • John Haddock

    John Haddock

    Intervene Peer Educator

    Pronouns: He/Him/His

    Majors: Political Science, Public Policy; Minors: Leadership Studies, Statistics

    Personal Interests: politics, dogs, meditation

    Why I became an Intervene Peer Educator: I wanted to help people understand how to help people in their community, and if I can help keep even one person safe, then it's worth it.

    Favorite way to intervene: My favorite intervention strategy is to use distractions because that helps diffuse the situation and separates the people involved.

  • Libby Cass

    Libby Cass

    Intervene Peer Educator

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Major: Molecular Biology

    Personal Interests: Reading, Japanese language and culture, food

    Why I became an Intervene Peer Educator: I did something very similar in high school and I greatly enjoyed that.

    Favorite way to intervene: Just through little daily actions.

  • London McGarr

    London McGarr

    Intervene Peer Educator

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Major: Psychology

    Personal Interests: True crime documentaries/podcasts, cooking, makeup tutorials

    Why I became an Intervene Peer Educator: I wanted to be actively involved in making the DU community a safer place for all students. I believe that a solid education helps a community to work together to ensure that everyone is happy and healthy.

    Favorite way to intervene: Staying calm in any situation is key, but intervening in ways that lead by example are the most rewarding. Whether it is showing others how a simple "Are you okay?" can help, or plainly explaining how someone's behavior might be harmful to others, small steps eventually lead to an overall safer campus.

  • Megan Morrell

    Megan Morrell

    Intervene Peer Educator

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Major: Political Science

    Personal Interests: Reading, Debate, Environmentalism

    Why I became an Intervene Peer Educator: I want to be a part of a team that strengthens the DU community through empowerment and education.

    Favorite way to intervene: Creating an open conversation about difficult topics in which everyone feels heard and has an opportunity to learn about problematic behaviors and ideas in a productive way.

  • Natalee Rodriguez

    Natalee Rodriguez

    Intervene Peer Educator

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Major: Accounting

    Personal Interests: Snowboarding, embroidery, baking

    Why I became an Intervene Peer Educator: I believe everyone should know how they can intervene and should be connected to the resources they have around them on campus.

    Favorite way to intervene: Explaining in private to someone how their words or actions could have seemed hurtful or offensive to someone else.

  • Wesley Mysinger

    Wesley Mysinger

    Intervene Peer Educator

    Pronouns: He/Him/His

    Major: Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience concentration), French

    Personal Interests: Making/drinking coffee, working out, cooking, reading research literature

    Why I became an Intervene Peer Educator: I feel a personal responsibility to my community to educate people about gender violence and support survivors.

    Favorite way to intervene: Remembering that I am using my platform to educate people and hopefully prevent gender violence from the front end is the thing that calms me in group facilitations.

Thrive Peer Health Educators

Thrive Peer Health Educators logoThrive Peer Health Educators are a select group of student leaders who promote the health of the DU campus community through inclusive education and engagement. As part of the HCC Health Promotion team, Thrive Peer Health Educators develop programs and implement outreach efforts regarding sexual health, mental health, and alcohol and other drug topics. In addition, Thrive Peer Health Educators serve as HCC ambassadors, as well as liaisons between the DU community and health professionals. This paid position is a 1 year commitment, typically working 30-40 hours per quarter along with a 20 hour mandatory Spring training requirement.

View the full position description here. Information about applying can be found under the "Interested in Becoming a Peer Educator?" tab below.

Meet the Thrive Peer Health Educators!

  • Hannah McDonald

    Hannah McDonald

    Thrive Peer Health Educator

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Majors: Business Analytics and Psychology

    Public Health Interests: Healthy food accessibility and nutrition

    Personal Interests: Hanging out with family and friends, and being outside – skiing, running, hiking, and traveling

    What health means to me: Health means being able to live a happy and balanced life. Meeting your body and mind's needs and taking care of yourself.

  • Jill Girardeau

    Jill Girardeau

    Thrive Peer Health Educator

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Major: Undeclared

    Public Health Interests: Mental health

    Personal Interests: Running, hiking, being outside, making art

    Why I'm interested in health education: I want people to feel comfortable talking and asking questions about health. It is so important to ourselves and those around us".

  • Kendrick Choong

    Kendrick Choong

    Thrive Peer Health Educator

    Pronouns: He/Him/His

    Major: Business Analytics

    Public Health Interests: Mental health and physical health

    Personal Interests: Weight-lifting, video games, college education

    Why I'm interested in health education: If you don't feel well or aren't very happy, you won't perform your best. This is why it's important to be educated on specific topics so that you can make yourself and others healthier.

  • Kensey Bishop

    Kensey Bishop

    Thrive Peer Health Educator

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Major: Biological Sciences; Minors: Leadership, Spanish, Chemistry

    Public Health Interests: Mental health awareness

    Personal Interests: Skiing, baking, hiking, running, journaling, spending time with friends and family

    What does health mean to you: Health means having the proper resources and access to take care of one's physical and mental states. When 'healthy', we are able to accomplish more and grow into our best selves!

  • Naitra Ramchander

    Naitra Ramchander

    Thrive Peer Health Educator

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Majors: Molecular Biology & Psychology; Minors: Chemistry, Leadership, and Gender & Women's Studies

    Public Health Interests: Mental health, women's health, sexual health

    Personal Interests: Hiking/backpacking, traveling, reading

    Why I'm interested in health education: I believe that it is so important for students to be aware of their resources that are available to them and to utilize these resources to better themselves.

  • Olivia Gribbon

    Olivia Gribbon

    Thrive Peer Health Educator

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Majors: Spanish, Psychology, & Biology; Minor: Chemistry

    Public Health Interests: Sexual health, refugee/asylee/immigrant health

    Personal Interests: Skiing, backpacking, traveling to Spanish speaking countries

    Why I'm interested in health education: There are so many amazing resources available to students on campus and in the greater Denver area. Health education is a means to bridging the gap between students and the resources available to them. I want to help individuals learn about health and their resources so that they can focus on the other aspects of their lives that matter most to them.

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    Sara Loughran

    Thrive Peer Health Educator

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Major: International Studies; Minors: English & Spanish

    Public Health Interests: Mental health, chronic illness, sexual health, disability

    Personal Interests: Writing, Improv, video games, listening to music (k-pop especially), spending time with animals

    What does health mean to me: Health means being able to live your life in a way that benefits you positively and allows you to be your best self.

  • Naitra Ramchander

    Victoria Rubio

    Thrive Peer Health Educator

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Majors: Bio Chemistry; Minors: Psychology, Math, & Medical Physics

    Public Health Interests: Mental health 

    Personal Interests: Skiing & painting

    What health means to me: Health means maintaining a balance of life choices for your mind and body in order to feel your best.

Interested in Becoming a Peer Educator?

Hiring for the 2019-2020 academic year is now closed. Please check back in early Winter 2020 for hiring information for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Both Peer Educator teams interview and hire new members in the Winter quarter. To apply, you will fill out an online application. If you are selected for an interview, a staff person from Health Promotion will reach out to set up an in-person interview with you. Once you complete the interview, a decision will be made and someone from Health Promotion will let you know if you've been hired!