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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!

  • Gracie Jacobson

    Gracie Jacobson

    Intervene Peer Educator

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Major: Theatre, Finance

    Personal Interests: Running, playing guitar, big fan of old horror movies

    Why I became an Intervene Peer Educator: I believe awareness and the spreading of information is an effective way to encourage intervening.

    Favorite way to intervene: Sticking close to my friends if they look like someone is making them uncomfortable so the other person knows I’m there.

  • Kate Maegly

    Kate Maegly

    Intervene Peer Educator

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Major: Psychology, Communication Studies

    Personal Interests: Yoga, reading, movies, cooking

    Why I became an Intervene Peer Educator: I wanted to be able to make a positive difference in our DU community by getting the word out about bystander intervention, something I wholeheartedly believe in.

    Favorite way to intervene: I really love moments when I am able to help someone realize that a behavior being perpetrated against them is not okay and being able to guide them through all the options they have of how to improve the situation.

  • Paige Otto

    Paige Otto

    Intervene Peer Educator

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Major: Socio-Legal Studies, Public Policy

    Personal Interests: A capella (in the on campus all female group!), musical theatre, yoga

    Why I became an Intervene Peer Educator: To be a part of this impetus for change.

    Favorite way to intervene: Sitting down with someone and explaining to them why something that’s been said to them is problematic and they are valid in feeling how they are.

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!

  • 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.

  • Victoria Rubio

    Victoria Rubio

    Thrive Peer Health Educator

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Major: 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!