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Peer Educator Volunteer Program

With support from the Health Promoters at the SWC, volunteer as a Peer Educator to engage students with their wellness and contribute to a healthier campus community.

The Peer Educator program is a student-run health promotion initiative for undergraduate and graduate students overseen by the Student Wellness Centre’s Education team. Each year, Peer Educators develop and implement wellness programs to enhance campus well-being focusing on the topics of; Active Living, Food Literacy, Mental Health, Sexual Health, Substance Use, and Graduate Wellness.


Peer Educators are responsible for delivering workshops, providing evidence-based health information, and promoting wellness-related resources available on and off campus. Accordingly, students on our Wellness Outreach Team are ambitious, proactive, and driven toward making a difference on campus.

Learn More: Peer Educator job description

Applications for the 2024-2025 Academic Year are now closed. 

Learn More About Our Initiatives

Active Living projects promote movement and activity in an accessible manner amongst all McMaster students, given the incredible scientific support a more active lifestyle has on one’s mental health.

Topics and activities include:

  • Physical literacy
  • Incorporating activity into student life
  • Creating fun and social activities for students to get active
  • Exam ‘brain breaks’ with #MacMoves
  • Walks through Cootes Paradise through our Walk in Nature Days program

Food Literacy projects aim to increase students’ knowledge of food and nutrition and equip them with the skills needed to prepare food while considering taste, health, culture, and affordability.

Topics and activities include:

  • Food skills
  • Food security
  • Farmer’s Market tours
  • Gardening activities
  • Cooking sessions through our Food for Thought program

Mental Health projects work to increase students’ knowledge of the many factors that contribute to their own state of mental wellness.

Topics and activities include:

  • Resilience
  • Self-care
  • Building caring and supportive communities
  • Stigma reduction

Sexual Health projects focus on educating the McMaster community about the different aspects of sexual health, and what it means to promote a sex-positive environment.

Topics and activities include:

  • Healthy relationships
  • HIV and STI prevention and testing
  • Consent
  • Sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Reproductive rights

Substance Use projects use a harm reduction lens to reduce the social, psychological, and biological harms associated with substances like alcohol, cannabis, and tobacco.

Topics and activities include:

  • Alcohol, cannabis, and vaping education
  • Party kit-making
  • Smoke-free campus cigarette butt litter audits
  • Normalizing the choice to not use substances