WIT Peer Education

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Wellness Information Team (WIT)

We're excited to announce that we have hired several GVSU students as WIT (Wellness Information Team) Peer Educators for the 2020-2021 school year.

 

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Meet the Team 


Request a Presentation

Use the RecWell Service Request Form to request a presentation. Be sure to check "Wellness Presentation" on the form. In the "Event description" let us know what type of presentation you are interested in. You can choose from the presentations below, or you can request a customized presentation. In-person presentations may be possible in certain circumstances.

General Wellness

 

 

Your Wellness at GVSU

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Nutrition 101 Presentation

Your Wellness at GV

Explore your wellness in each of the 8 dimensions while learning about resources here at GVSU that can help in your journey to well-being.

Workshop platform: In-Person or Virtual

Run time: 30-45 minutes 

Audience: Students 

Emotional Wellness

Take a deep dive into emotional wellness. Learn characteristics, expand your emotion vocabulary, get resources and more.

Workshop platform: In-Person or Virtual 

Run time: 60 minutes 

Audience: Students 

Nutrition 101

We'll cover the basics of healthy eating: calories, how to read a food label, what's an actual serving size, and skills and tips for healthy eating.

Workshop platform: In-Person or Virtual

Run time: 60 minutes 

Audience: Students 

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Setting Boundaries Presentation

Finding Rest in the Grind

Feeling like you're stuck in the revolving door of hustle and grind. School, work, life, repeat. Let us help you rest!

Workshop platform: In-Person or Virtual

Run time: 30-60 minutes (flexible)

Audience: Students or Staff

Setting Boundaries

Support your well-being by learning how to set boundaries for yourself in work, school, and social life to protect your emotional space.

Workshop platform: In-Person or Virtual

Run time: 30-45 minutes 

Audience: Students 

Sexual Health

  

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What We Wish Presentation

Sex Ed Trivia Presentation

Mile High Club

Learn about safer sexual health practices, but do it like you're talking about the airlines. From take-off to landing, you're sure to have fun and learn a lot!

Workshop platform: In-Person or Virtual

Run time: 45-60 minutes 

Audience: Students 

What We Wish

Did your high school sex ed class leave you wanting more? Join us to talk about some of the stuff that was left out: lube, pizza, virginity, communication, and more!

Workshop platform: In-Person or Virtual

Run time: 60 minutes 

Audience: Students 

Sex Ed Trivia

How much do you know about sexual health and sexuality? Join us for a fun filled presentation to test your knowledge, and maybe learn some weird tidbits, too!

Workshop platform: Virtual 

Run time: 30-45 minutes 

Audience: Students 

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LGBTQ+ Sexual Health

Learn about sexuality, affirming language, barrier methods, how to prepare for a sexual health clinic visit and more.

Workshop platform: In-Person or Virtual 

Run time: 60-75 minutes 

Audience: Students 


Meet The Team

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Annie Seeber

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Radiation Therapy

Year: Junior

Why did you want to become a Peer Educator? To help create a safe, fun, and inclusive environment to talk about sex and health with fellow students!  

Campus Involvement: Volunteer club Lakers for Change and working at the FitWell desk in the rec center! 

Top Tip for Being Well: My top tip for being well is giving yourself mini pep talks. Sometimes you just need to hype yourself up! You can do it!!

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Naming a dog Jean Jacket
  • Visit Switzerland
  • Go to the Louvre Museum

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Beck Lukins

Pronouns: They/them/theirs

Major: Ethical Communications & Advocacy

Year: Sophomore

Why did you want to become a Peer Educator? I wanted to become a peer educator because it’s been my job since freshman year of high school and I can’t imagine doing anything else. I am very passionate about researching, learning, and teaching sex ed. I hope to help improve Grand Valley’s levels of sexual literacy and wellness and provide safer sex materials and resources for students on campus. 

Campus Involvement: I am also a Violence Prevention Peer Educator through the Center Women & Gender Equity here on campus! Additionally, I attend the Queer Alliance group, Niemeyer Honors college, LGBTQ+ Inclusive Fitness Training (LIFT), and am a member of the campus chapter of the Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA). 

Top Tip for Being Well: Be self-reflective. I find that by tuning into your thoughts, feelings, dreams, and desires, one can achieve a greater sense of identity and understanding within themselves. 

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Study for a year abroad
  • See John Mulaney live in theater 
  • Road trip to all the national parks 

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Camryn Lane

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Behavioral Neuroscience

Year: Senior

Why did you want to become a Peer Educator? To help spread awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding sex and sexual health on campus!

Campus Involvement: Frederik Meijer Honors College, Move 2 The Beat Dance Team

Top Tip for Being Well: Focus on yourself and listen to your body!

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Swim with sharks
  • Go to the Galapagos Islands
  • Meet Jimmy Buffet in Key West 

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Claire Latourell

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Nursing

Year: Junior

Why did you want to become a Peer Educator? I really enjoy to learn about health and nutrition and I want to be able to share that knowledge so others can also benefit from it.

Campus Involvement: Lakers for Change club

Top Tip for Being Well: Small changes can make a big difference! You don't have to be 'perfect' 100% of the time, just do your best!

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Go to Europe
  • Meet some cows
  • Go on a road trip across the country

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Emilio Espinosa

Pronouns: He/him/his

Major: Marketing

Year: Junior

Why did you want to become a Peer Educator? I wanted to be a Peer Educator to help students with their health and nutrition goals. On top of that, share my love and knowledge for fitness and a healthy lifestyle!

Campus Involvement: Other than the WIT Program, I am involved in GVSU Men’s Club Soccer, Seidman’s IPO Analyst Program, Latino Student Union, when I can, GVSU’s Strength Club and most recently, I became a Laker Community Ambassador.

Top Tip for Being Well: Let you main focus be on you! When you finally figure out your peace and happiness or get a good rhythm, help others out. “Each one teach one” - Denzel Washington

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Explore all of Latin America
  • Find happiness and meaning in a job
  • Reach out and talk to thousands of people 

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Eva VanWyck

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Exercise Science Health Fitness Instruction

Year: Junior

Why did you want to become a Peer Educator? I love to meet new people and share my love for nutrition!

Campus Involvement: Vertical Earth, Exercise Science club

Top Tip for Being Well: Don't buy into diets and don't be afraid of carbs!

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Hike the entirety of the Appalachian trail
  • Rock Climb outdoors
  • Run a 10k 

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Josie Kasmauskis

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Applied Food and Nutrition

Year: Freshman

Why did you want to become a Peer Educator? I love to learn and share nutrition information, and to show people that they can have a healthy lifestyle no matter what their schedule or current knowledge.

Campus Involvement: I am currently in the Frederik Meijer Honors College, Swim Club, Spanish Club, Farm Club and Pre-Dietetics Club.

Top Tip for Being Well: Don't feel guilty about doing something unhealthy, just feel proud of whatever healthy actions you are doing. You can always keep improving, but it should be a fun process!

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country
  • Find a four leaf clover
  • Raise chickens

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Sofia Hessler

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Public and Nonprofit Administration

Year: Senior

Why did you want to become a Peer Educator? I struggled (and sometimes still struggle) with burn-out and a need for perfectionism for the first few years of college. As a result, I did not prioritize certain areas of wellness and I could feel it both mentally and physically. I hope to share my experiences with other students and spread positivity while promoting self-care.

Campus Involvement: Frederik Meijer Honors College and Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM)

Top Tip for Being Well: Make self-care (spending time with friends, cooking, meditating and spending time outside) a priority in your life, just as much as you prioritize school or work.

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Run a marathon
  • Hike the Pacific Crest Trail
  • Live abroad for at least a year

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Stella Sterling

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Statistics

Year: Senior

Why did you want to become a Peer Educator? I made a lot of lifestyle changes after struggling through my first year, so loved the idea of this program! It's something I wish had been around for me and I hope I can help others in their own personal wellness journeys.

Campus Involvement: I'm a Student Ambassador - did I give you a campus tour? I also am part of the Cooking Club and Women in Computing.

Top Tip for Being Well: Find a healthy sleep schedule. Without good sleep it's SO hard to function. I never knew how much of my life was affected by poor sleep until I made the change!

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Participate in the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Program
  • Learn to surf in the ocean
  • Road trip through the Scottish highlands

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Jessica Epplett - MPH Practicum Student

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Master of Public Health - Health Promotion

Year: Second Year Grad Student

Why did you want to do your practicum with RecWell? I want to be able to empower students to make informed choices about their health and feel confident about their health! 

Top Tip for Being Well: Always remember that it's ok to take a break! Everything will still be there when you get back. 

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Travel to every continent
  • Rappel down a waterfall
  • Go scuba diving

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Katie Liebaert - MPH Practicum Student

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Master of Public Health - Epidemiology

Year: Second Year Grad Student

Why did you want to do your practicum with RecWell? I wanted to do my practicum with RecWell to help students feel their best at Grand Valley and support their wellness by connecting them with the resources they need.

Campus Involvement: I am currently involved with Public Health Society and was formerly a part of the Red Cross Club and Health Communication Coalition as an undergrad at GVSU.

Top Tip for Being Well: Take time to relax and have FUN! I think it's so important to do things that make you happy and take breaks from being productive all the time. Rest is good!

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Visit every National Park.
  • Learn how to sail.
  • Live in a major city!

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Ryleigh Emelander - Health Promotions Assistant

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Master of Public Health - Health Promotion

Year: Grad Student

Why did you want to become a Student Assistant with RecWell? I love being able to help other people improve their lives, and Recreation and Wellness provides great opportunities for people to improve their health and well-being :)

Top Tip for Being Well: Prioritize rest! Whether it's spending time in nature, taking a nap, creating art, going for a walk, etc., intentionally taking time to rest is so important for your well-being. 

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Visit all of the national parks in the U.S.
  • Learn how to create pottery
  • Travel to Ireland and Scotland 

For more information about the WIT Peer Educator role, check out the job description!
(Application is closed for 2021-2022 school year.)