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BOSS Peer Educators

The BOSS Peer Educators are a select group of students who educate the DU campus community on gender violence topics and bystander intervention through outreach, education, and training. BOSS Peer Educators also serve as liaisons between DU students and the Health and Counseling Center. BOSS Peer Educators receive over 32 hours of professional development training in gender violence topics, trauma response, and effective facilitation.

Interested in Becoming a BOSS Peer Educator?

Do you want to educate your peers and end gender and power-based violence on our campus? Would you like to develop effective facilitation skills and further your social justice development? Apply to be a Peer Educator!

Peer Educators facilitate the intervention trainings for all new, incoming first year students in addition to 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). In order to qualify to be a BOSS Peer Educator, you must attend training in the Spring Quarter. Training will be held for 2 hours, one day per week for 10 weeks. A booster training will be held prior to New Student Orientation in Fall.

We hold hiring for new peer educators annually in the Winter Quarter. Did you miss out this year? Contact andrea.thyrring@du.edu to see how you can be involved!

Peer Health Educators

Peer Health Educators are a select group of student leaders who promote the health of the DU campus community through education and engagement.  As part of the HCC Health Promotion team, Peer Health Educators develop programs and implement outreach efforts regarding sexual health, mental health, and alcohol and other drug topics. In addition, Peer Health Educators serve as HCC ambassadors, as well as liaison between the DU community and health professionals.

Interested in becoming a Peer Health Educator?

The application period for 2018-2019 is now closed. Thank you to all who expressed interest! Hiring for 2019-2020 will take place in Winter 2019. For more information, contact Eva Esakoff.

Qualifications

  • Current University of Denver undergraduate student in good academic standing
    Peer Health Educators must maintain student status throughout their entire year of service
  • No active or unresolved conduct violations
    Peer Health Educators must remain in good conduct standing throughout their year of service
  • Ability to serve for the full upcoming academic year
    If you are studying abroad during the upcoming academic year, we cannot consider you for the position.
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to serve as a proactive, supportive team member
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse communities on campus
  • Passion and commitment to improving the health and well-being of the DU community

Have a health question? Ask us!

We understand that sometimes health topics can be sensitive or awkward to talk about, or that you might just need a refresher on what you've learned before! As Peer Health Educators, we want you to feel comfortable asking your questions, so we've provided this anonymous outlet for you to ask any health-related questions (ex. What's the difference between a male condom and a female condom?):
Ask a Peer Health Educator

We'll review your anonymous question and post responses on our @healthypios Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts as well as in campus publications like The Pulse. If you'd like direct follow-up from us, you'll have the option to provide your e-mail address.

We are a group of trained undergraduate peer health educators. Responses should not be considered medical advice. For medical or counseling services, please contact the Health & Counseling Center at 303-871-2205. For life-threatening emergencies, dial 911 or call Campus Safety at 303-871-3000.