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Peer Educator Program

With support from the Wellness Educators, volunteer as a Peer Educator or a Team Lead on one of our Wellness Outreach Teams to promote student wellness.

The Peer Educator program is a student-run health promotion initiative for returning undergraduate and graduate students overseen by the Student Wellness Centre’s Education team. Each year, Peer Educators develop and implement proactive health-related interventions to enhance campus well-being on one of six Wellness Outreach Teams: Active Living, Food Literacy, Mental Health, Sexual Health, Substance Use, and Graduate Wellness.

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JOB DESCRIPTION

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 Teams are ambitious, proactive, and driven toward making a difference on campus.

Wellness Outreach Teams are led by Team Leads, returning Peer Educators who have demonstrated significant contribution to their teams. They have a personal commitment to improving their own wellness and advocating for the wellness of others.

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Learn More About Our Teams

The Active Living team aims to 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

The Food Literacy team aims 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

The Mental Health team works 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

The Sexual Health is focused 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

The Substance Use team uses 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