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: Virtual 

Run time: 60 minutes 

Audience: Students 

Emotional Wellness

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

Workshop platform: 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: 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: Virtual 

Run time: 60 minutes 

Audience: Students 

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: 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: 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: 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: 45-60 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: 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: Sophomore

Why did you want to become a Peer Educator? I wanted to become a peer educator so I can help students feel comfortable in their health and help them prioritize themselves so they can have a great experience at GVSU.

Campus Involvement: I work at the Writing Center on campus and am in a volunteer club called Lakers for Change.

Top Tip for Being Well: My top tip for being well is prioritizing mental health!

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Visiting Niagara Falls
  • Naming my future dog Jean Jacket
  • Going skiing in Colorado

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Sofia Hessler

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: Public and Nonprofit Administration

Year: Junior

Why did you want to become a Peer Educator? I wanted the opportunity to learn more about how I can sustainably promote health and well-being in my community.

Campus Involvement: I am a co-President or Universities Allied for Essential Medicines which advocates for affordable access to medicines and I am the vice-President of the ACLU chapter on GVSU’s campus. I also work as a student assistant in the Honors College Office.

Top Tip for Being Well: Manage your time well so you can focus your energy on things that give your life meaning & happiness. Be kind and patient with yourself!

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Hike the whole PCT northbound
  • Run a marathon
  • Live abroad for at least one year

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Camryn Lane

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: Behavioral Neuroscience

Year: Junior

Why did you want to become a Peer Educator? To help make the GVSU community a healthier and safer place to live

Campus Involvement: Frederik Meijer Honors College, Community relations Officer for the Irish Dance Club

Top Tip for Being Well: Listen to your body!

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Join the peace corps
  • Swim with sharks
  • Become fluent in a second language

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Sonal Subhash Mandale

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: Bachelors Degree in Medicine, Masters in Public Health

Year: Grad Student

Why did you want to become a Peer Educator? To create awareness and help students to practice positive health behaviors

Campus Involvement: Graduate Assistant WKKF: GVSU COE BCPS Partners at Grand Valley State University

Top Tip for Being Well: An ounce of prevention, is worth a pound of cure!

3 Bucket List Items:

  • To see the Northern Lights from Alaska
  • To experience Scuba Diving
  • To learn French

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Stella Sterling

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: Statistics (Data Science)

Year: Junior

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 health journeys.

Campus Involvement: I'm also a Student Ambassador. Maybe I gave you a tour?;)

Top Tip for Being Well: Get a sleep schedule!! If you don't have good sleep you don't have anything- seriously, bad sleeping habits f you up!

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Live abroad after college (Japan?)
  • Learn to surf in the ocean
  • Road trip through the Scottish highlands

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Eva VanWyck

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: Clinical Exercise Science

Year: Sophomore

Why did you want to become a Peer Educator? I’m very passionate about the topic of nutrition and I wanted to find a way to help the Laker community!

Campus Involvement: ANCHOR honors council and the Frederick Meijer Honors College mentoring program

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Hike the entirety of the Appalachian trail
  • Sail from Traverse city to Ludington
  • Live in Maine

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Beck Lukins

Pronouns: They/Them

Major: Integrative Studies with Human Rights and Digital Studies minors

Year: Freshman

Why did you want to become a Peer Educator? I wanted to become a Peer Educator because I was a sex education peer educator at Planned Parenthood for three years, and I can't imagine not continuing that work. I am very passionate about teaching and facilitating and hope to improve Grand Valley's levels of sexual literacy.

Campus Involvement: I am a part of the Niemeyer Honors College and the Young Democratic Socialists of America. I also work out weekly with LIFT, Grand Valley's only LGBTQ inclusive fitness & workout club.

Top Tip for Being Well: My top tip for being well is to be self-aware and self-reflective. By being in tune with yourself both physically, mentally, and spiritually, I find that one can achieve a greater sense of peace and understanding within themselves. Some ways to do this include: mediation, journaling, and practicing mindfulness.

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Become fluent in Spanish
  • Travel to other countries (Scandinavia and East Asia)
  • Publish another book of poetry

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Rodrigo Mata - MPH Practicum Student

Pronouns: He/him/his

Major: Master of Public Health

Year: Grad Student

Why did you want to do your practicum with RecWell? I wanted to better promote strategies to improve health behaviors that enhance overall health and wellness of students.

Campus Involvement: I was former Secretary and Vice President of Latino Student Union, former Events Coordinator of Asian Student Union, and former Representative for Grand Valley’s Cultural Funding Board. A majority of my time has been spent on event planning for student minority groups to help them grow and expand their capacity to achieve their educational and personal goals.

Top Tip for Being Well: I believe taking care of yourself and participating in self-care/self-love activities is the essence of having the will to truly keep yourself well and have the urge to continue that momentum.

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Visit Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, South Korea
  • Go deep sea diving
  • Do figure skating as a sport

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Connor Montgomery - MPH Practicum Student

Pronouns: He/him/his

Major: Master of Public Health: Epidemiology

Year: Grad Student

Why did you want to do your practicum with RecWell? I enjoy helping others and feel that my personality can be useful in discussing public health concepts and matters to my fellow students.

Campus Involvement: I am involved with many facets of Recreation and Wellness! From helping manage small group training class to overseeing the educational development of undergraduate fieldwork students and interns, I enjoy the many opportunities for a diverse working environment that GVSU has provided!

Top Tip for Being Well: Take it one day at a time. Tomorrow will always be there to improve!

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Surfing on Oahu island!
  • Travel the world to visit one country from each continent
  • Pet a tiger

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Ryleigh Emelander - Health Promotions Assistant

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: Master of Public Health

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: Spend time in nature!

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Visit all of the national parks in the U.S.
  • Visit all 50 states
  • Learn how to surf

For more information about the WIT Peer Educator role, check out the job description!
(Application is closed for 2020-2021 school year.)