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The Thrive Peer Educators are a team of undergraduate students who work as a part of the Department of Health Promotion at the University of Denver's Health and Counseling Center. The team employs about 20 paid Peer Educators annually. Learn more about the program, and how to get involved, below!

Thrive Peer Educators are a passionate group of student leaders who promote the health and well-being of the DU campus community through education and engagement. As part of the HCC Health Promotion team, Thrive Peer Educators develop programs and implement outreach efforts surrounding sexual health, mental health, alcohol & other drug education, and gender-based violence prevention. They also facilitate DU's required active bystander intervention training for all new undergraduate students (Intervene: DU), serve as HCC ambassadors, and act as liaisons between the DU community and health professionals. This paid position is a 1 year commitment, with offers typically extended for students who are not graduating (i.e., you can return to this position as a junior, senior, etc.). Peer Educators are required to work in their positions 30-40 hours per quarter.

Information about applying can be found under the "Interested in Becoming a Peer Educator?" tab below.

Meet the Thrive Peer Educators!
    • Anit Tyagi photo

      Anit Tyagi

      Pronouns :  He/Him/His

      Majors: Chemistry, Political Science; Minors- Biology, Math

      Personal Interests: Playing pickleball, reading current events, watching TV

    • Caitlin Clemens photo

      Caitlin Clemens

      Pronouns : She/Her/Hers

      Majors: International Studies, Geography; Minors- French, Sustainability

      Other Campus Activities: Officer, National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCG) 

      Personal Interests: Hiking, skiing, reading, going on adventures 

    • Caroline Kemp photo

      Caroline Kemp

      Pronouns : She/Her/Hers

      Major: Sociology; Minor- Wellness Studies

      Other Campus Activities: Member & Philanthropy Assistant of Delta Zeta Sorority, Happy Tampers 

      Personal Interests: Fashion forecasting, swimming, popular culture, hiking, wellness, baking, meditation 

    • Chyna Tillman photo

      Chyna Tillman

      Pronouns : Fae/Faer/Faers

      Major: Psychology; Minors- Criminology, English

      Other Campus Activities: President- Neurodiversity Resource Group, DU Dungeons and Dragons Club, 1GenU 

      Personal Interests: Reading, writing, and baking 

    • Emma Robson photo

      Emma Robson

      Pronouns : She/Her/Hers

      Major: Biology, concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience

      Other Campus Activities: Globe Med, Happy Tampers, Gamma Phi Beta, Youth Gymnastics Coach on Campus

      Personal Interests: Reading, baking, hiking with my dog, and beach bumming 

    • Jill Girardeau photo

      Jill Girardeau | Team Leader

      Pronouns:  She/Her/Hers

      Majors: International Studies, Spanish

      Other Campus Activities: Alpha Phi Omega, University Honors Program 

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

    • John Haddock photo

      John Haddock

      Pronouns : He/Him/His

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

      Personal Interests: Politics, dogs, meditation

    • Julianne Wertz photo

      Julianne Wertz

      Pronouns:  She/Her/Hers

      Major: Business Analytics; Minors- Accounting, Management, Marketing

      Other Campus Activities: ASA, Kappa Phi Lamda, Volunteer at EBC

      Personal Interests: Playing sports, working out, going outside, animals, talking and socializing with people

    • Kameron Gottlieb photo

      Kameron Gottlieb

      Pronouns : She/Her/Hers

      Major: Molecular Biology, Minors- Chemistry, Sustainability

      Personal Interests: Playing guitar, dancing, knitting, skiing, and doing pretty much anything outdoors

    • Luke Fish photo

      Luke Fish

      Pronouns:   He/Him/His

      Major: Psychology

      Personal Interests: Musical theatre/performing and all contained fields, board games, video games, baking, and guitar

    • Megan Morrell photo

      Megan Morrell | Team Leader

      Pronouns : She/They

      Major: Political Science; Minors- Philsophy, Sustainability

      Other Campus Activities: HRE Apartments Staff, DU Debate, USG Sustainability Committee 

      Personal Interests: Reading, debate, environmentalism

    • Morgan Martin photo

      Morgan Martin

      Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

      Major: Molecular Biology; Minors- Spanish, Chemistry, Leadership Studies

      Personal Interests: Singing, playing the guitar, writing, reading, politics, listening to podcasts

    • Naitra Ramchander photo

      Peyton Howsden

      Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

      Majors: Biology, Criminology; Minors- Chemistry, Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience), Health Sciences

      Other Campus Activities: Panhellenic Executive Board, Gamma Phi Beta, Pre-Health Society, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, DU Programming Board, Club Lacrosse Team 

      Personal Interests: Yoga, lacrosse, hiking 

    • Sam Levering photo

      Sam Levering

      Pronouns:  She/Her/Hers

      Major: Anthropology; Minor- Leadership

      Other Campus Activities: Chi Omega Sorority, DU EMS, and Pioneer Leadership Program (PLP) 

      Personal Interests: Baking, yoga, reading, travel, listening to music, watching tv, and mochas 

    • Tarini Sharma photo

      Tarini Sharma

      Pronouns:  She/Her/Hers

      Major: Economics; Minor- Psychology

      Other Campus Activities: Engagement Assistant at the Burwell Center for Career Achievement, Happy Tampers 

      Personal Interests: Reading, doodling, and aggressively headbanging 

    • Zainab Alikhan photo

      Zainab Alikhan

      Pronouns:  She/Her/Hers

      Major: Biochemistry; Minor- Leadership Studies

      Other Campus Activities: HRE Residential Assistant, Doctors Without Borders, FeelGoodDU, PreMed Club 

      Personal Interests: Trying new restaurants, yoga, playing frisbee 

Interested in Becoming a Peer Educator?

Thrive Peer Health EducatorsThe Thrive Peer Education team interviews and hires new members in the Winter Quarter each year. Applications for 2021-2022 are now closed. Please check back in Winter 2022 for applications for the 2022-2023 academic year. To receive information about applications for 2022-2023 or for general questions, please contact Katie Johnson, Graduate Assistant Peer Education Supervisor, at