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Peer Educator Bios

2015-2016 Peer Educators



Smriti Abraham

Smriti is a sophomore at Grand Valley State University and studies Biomedical Science with an emphasis on medicine and a minor in Spanish. She is an active member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and serves as the assistant Panhellenic delegate. Smriti is from Sterling Heights, Michigan, and enjoys traveling, reading, and spending days at the beach.



Jake Crawford

Jake is a senior at Grand Valley State University who is studying psychology and statistics. After graduation he hopes to pursue a doctoral degree in health psychology. He aspires to work in public health and to help expand access to psychoeducation for the youth. In his free time, Jake enjoys reading, fencing, composing music, and exercising. 



Tylar Dickson

Tylar Dickson is currently a junior at Grand Valley State University. Her major is Biomedical Science, with an emphasis in Physician Assistant studies and a minor in Criminal Justice. Although she is currently living in Allendale for school, Tylar is originally from the metro-Detroit area. On campus, Tylar enjoys her position on the E-board for You Beautiful Black Women, and her role as a Peer Educator for the University Counseling Center. In her free time, she enjoys reading a good novel, catching up on her favorite Netflix shows, performing community service, and spending quality time with her friends and family. In the future, Tylar plans on attending graduate school and using her degree to work in a hospital or private practice.



Angel McFarland

Angel McFarland is a junior at Grand Valley State University. Although a Detroit native, she currently resides in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Angel is a psychology major with a minor in Religious and Middle Eastern Studies. In her spare time she enjoys traveling and expanding her knowledge about her fields of study and is an active member of the Voices of GVSU Choir. When asked about future career plans, she replied saying she will one day serve as a licensed Clinician for the Armed Forces. Angel looks forward to spreading awareness about mental health issues as well as forging new connections and breaking down barriers about stigma as it pertains to seeking mental health help.



Aja Powers

Aja Powers is a senior at Grand Valley State University majoring in Health Communication with a minor in Sociology. She is particularly passionate about issues surrounding health literacy and the social determinants of health, including the ways in which education, income, resources, and accessibility dictate the quality of health care many people in the United States receive. Upon receiving her undergraduate degree, Aja is interested in pursuing a Master’s of Public Health degree. She is very excited to help promote the Counseling Center and its services to the campus community as a Peer Educator, and is looking forward to a successful year.