Peer Education and Prevention (P.E.P.) Talks

What is P.E.P. Talks?

Peer Education and Prevention (P.E.P.) Talks is a 90 minute interactive program that has been developed specifically for virtual learning. It is a program that was made by and for victim/survivors, and provides tangible tools for how to support victim/survivors. Each workshop is facilitated by students who have went through extensive training on gender-based violence, facilitation skills, and how to have conversations that contribute to culture change. 

To see a full list of our programs or to request a workshop, click here 

Meet our Peer Educators of 2020!

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Tiarrah Judkins (she/her) 

Melissa Urieta (she/her) 

Monica Lopez (she/her) 

Tiarrah Judkins (She/Her/Hers) is a sophomore at Grand Valley majoring in nursing with a minor in writing. She currently is a Peer Educator here at the Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity. Tiarrah has a passion for educating others about common misconceptions about victim/survivors and she looks forward to spreading awareness at Grand Valley. 

Melissa Urieta is a junior here at GV studying anthropology with a minor in history. Melissa is super excited to be working as a peer educator, as it’s something that is super important to her. Melissa believes these topics need to be discussed, especially on a college campus.

Monica Lopez (She/Her/Hers) is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Grand Valley State University, Majoring In Criminal justice and minoring in Spanish. Her goal is to work with Juveniles within the criminal justice system, and the Latinx community.  

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LaShawntelle Carson-Pops (she/her) 

Katie Piesz (she/her) 

Itzel Mejia (she/her) 

My name is LaShawntelle Carson-Pops. I am currently pursuing my Master’s in Social work-I graduate in April and I am excited y’all! I have a few lead jobs for after graduation, I haven’t quite figured out which direction I want to go, BUT to be continued like the tat on my chest says. All in all, I love the work that I do for CWGE and within social work! 

Love, a really dope peer educator 

Katie Piesz (she/her) is a senior double majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychology and is planning on pursuing graduate school next year for School Psychology. She was born and raised in Michigan, on the East side of the state, in Novi. She is the current president of Grand Valley Dance Troupe, which is the largest student-run organization on campus, next to Greek life. Before joining the Center for Women and Gender Equity, Katie enjoyed nannying for local families and various children of all ages. She is extremely grateful and excited for this opportunity to bring knowledge and advocacy to the student body for topics like gender-based violence and supporting victim/survivors in her work as a Peer Educator. 

Itzel Mejia (she/her/hers) is a freshman at Grand Valley State University originally from Wyoming, MI. She is majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish and she is a peer educator for P.E.P Talks. Some of her hobbies include baking, biking, watching movies, and anything to do with arts & crafts.

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Emma Bruns (she/her) 

Katie Grossman (she/her) 

Kaitlynn Karl (she/her) 

Hello my name is Emma Bruns (she/her/hers) and I work as one of the Peer Educators for PEP Talks. I have been a peer educator for PEP Talks since January 2019. I’m a junior majoring in social work and minoring in human rights. 


Kaitlynn (she/her/hers) is a junior at Grand Valley and majoring in Social Work with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies. She is passionate about volunteering as a victim advocate for the YWCA of West Michigan in Grand Rapids. She is excited and grateful for the opportunity to educate and advocate for students with the CWGE.