The University Counseling Center Peer Education Program consists of nationally certified BACCHUS Network peer educators who are committed to improving the well-being of Grand Valley students through education, outreach, and referral. Click here to learn more about the BACCHUS Network.
Peer educators receive ongoing professional development on topics relevant to their needs, the needs of the University Counseling Center, and the needs of the larger student body. Among other areas, they are trained in intervention strategies, listening skills, programming and presentation skills, multiculturalism, self-care, campus resources, and appropriate boundaries.
For more information contact Melissa Selby-Theut at (616) 331-3266 or [email protected]
Peer Educator Activities
Provide Outreach Programming
Typically provided in living centers to student groups and organizations. Programming may include such things as educational events and informational seminars. Click the events button above to view a schedule of peer ed events.
Participate in Mental Health Screening Day Events
Peer educators assist counseling staff in recruiting students, relaying the benefits of participation, and promoting available campus services.
Promote Social Justice
Our Peer Educators coordinate events around Unnatural Causes, a documentary that explores the disparities in health and health care availability based on race, gender, age, and socioeconomic standing.
Represent the UCC at Campus-Wide Events
Past attended events include Rock Against Rape, hosted by the Center for Women and Gender Equity, and Laker Experience Days, hosted by the Office of Admissions. During these events, peer educators strive to de-stigmatize mental health services and provide accurate information about the UCC and other campus supports.
Invite Peer Educators to Your Event
If you would like peer educators to present for your student group or organization or if you would like to have peer educators represent the University Counseling Center at an event or program, please fill out a request for outreach programming and indicate your interest in peer education in the Comments section.