WIT Peer Education

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Wellness Information Team (WIT)

The Wellness Information Team (WIT) is a group of GVSU students ready to connect with you about wellness! We can chat about nutrition, sexual health, and general wellness (like stress!)

 

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Meet the Team 

WIT Cart Schedule

February

  • Friday, Feb 2, 5-7pm - Kirkhof Lobby!
  • Monday, Feb 5, 4:30-6:30pm
  • Wednesday, Feb 7, 4:30-6:30pm
  • Friday, Feb 9, 5-7pm
  • Thursday, Feb 22, 2-4pm
  • Monday, Feb 26, 4:30-6:30pm
  • Tuesday, Feb 27, 3:30-5:30pm
  • Wednesday, Feb 28, 4:30-6:30pm

Follow @gvsurecwell on Instagram for our location on that day!


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Two WIT peer educators behind the WIT cart
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Image of two RecWell staff by a table full of fun wellness supplies in front of "Trans Week of Visibility" projected on a screen
Two WIT peer educators in front of Nutrition 101 presentation doing a food demo
WIT peer educator standing behind the WIT cart near Fresh Food co. dining hall
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Image of two WIT Peer Educators tabling in Kirkhof behind the WIT cart and the on-campus registered dietitian behind a spinning wheel

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. 

General Wellness

Your Wellness at GVSU

Your Wellness at GVSU: 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 

Slideshow intro slide with title "Emotional Wellness" and lots of geometric shapes.

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 Presentation

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 

Image of title page that says "Sleep, Nutrition, and Exercise: How to make healthy behavior change"

Sleep, Nutrition, and Exercise: See how these three areas of health can transform your well-being. And at the end, set some goals to make changes for a healthier you.

Workshop platform: In-Person or Virtual

Run time: 60-90 minutes 

Audience: Students/Staff/Faculty

Image of presentation title that says Body Neutrality: Acceptance of your body as it is in neutral tones.

Body Neutrality: What is body neutrality, why is it important and how can you implement it in your everyday life.

Workshop platform: In-Person or Virtual

Run time: 30-45 minutes (flexible)

Audience: Students or Staff

black, white and yellow color scheme with black and white arrows. text says "Finding rest in the grind" by WIT Peer Educators.

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 Presentation

Setting Boundaries: Support your well-being by learning how to set boundaries for yourself in work, school, and social life.

Workshop platform: In-Person or Virtual

Run time: 30-45 minutes 

Audience: Students 

Image of black and white presentation slide "Wellness, Activism and Identity"

Wellness, Activism, and Identity: Take a look at how your identity and activism efforts intersect with your wellness. Originally created for the MLK Jr day of service.

Workshop platform: In-Person or Virtual

Run time: 30-60 minutes 

Audience: Students 

Sexual Health

Presentation intro slide with text that says "LGBTQ+ Sexual Health" with a rainbow image behind it.

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 

mile high club 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 Presentation

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, pleasure, virginity, communication, and more!

Workshop platform: In-Person or Virtual

Run time: 60 minutes 

Audience: Students 

Sex Ed Trivia Presentation

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 


Meet The Team

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Arav Gurusaran Korukonda

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Major: Health and Bioinformatics

Year: Grad Student (2nd year)

Semesters on WIT: 3

Why did you want to become a Peer Educator? I want to make a difference in the community by promoting health and wellness, empowering others, and spreading knowledge and awareness. I love to help students by sharing information about wellness and clearing up misconceptions about health and wellness. I hope to see students adopt a positive and healthy lifestyle, which can contribute to a healthy community!

Campus Involvement: WIT peer educator, DSO student employee, IT services employee, and AOD peer educator.

Top Tip for Being Well: Do things that excite and make you happy, take your own time, relax, talk to people, be lively and play sports.

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Visit Spain and Brazil (Selfie with Neymar Jr)
  • Go for Skydiving
  • Volunteer
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Claire Latourell

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Nursing

Year: First year second degree nursing student

Semesters on WIT: 5

Why did you want to become a Peer Educator? I’m so passionate about health and want to be able to share knowledge and resources with other students!

Campus Involvement: Peer Educator

Top Tip for Being Well: Setting time aside for yourself!

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Meet a cow
  • Go to Europe
  • Have a *successful* garden
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Josie Kasmauskis

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Applied Food and Nutrition

Minor: Spanish

Year: Junior

Semesters on WIT: 5

Why did you want to become a Peer Educator? I love to learn and share wellness information and help others in their path to find the lifestyle that makes them feel the best.

Campus Involvement: La Tertulia (Spanish Club), Food and Nutrition Association, Swim Club

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

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Go scuba diving
  • Find a four leaf clover
  • Raise chickens
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Rowan Armour

Pronouns: They/them/theirs

Major: English

Year: Senior

Semesters on WIT: 3

Why did you want to become a Peer Educator? I’m passionate about sex education

Campus Involvement: Working at the LGBTQ+ Center

Top Tip for Being Well: Know when and how to say no to things. If you’re overwhelmed, it’s okay to reassess what you can and can’t handle.

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Go ice skating
  • Learn how to make pretzels
  • Visit Finland
Girl rock climbing

Ru Khanna

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Global Studies & Social Impact

Year: Senior

Semesters on WIT: 4

Why did you want to become a Peer Educator? I wanted to become a peer educator to help debunk myths and share important information with my peers.

Campus Involvement: I work at the Climbing Center, I am a part of the Climbing Club, and I am a WIT member!

Top Tip for Being Well: Listen to what your body needs; it is usually right! And drink water!

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Travel to every continent 
  • Go rock climbing in Europe
  • Go sky diving
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Sara Blease

Pronouns: She/they/theirs

Major: Elementary Education

Year: Junior

Semesters on WIT: 1

Why did you want to become a Peer Educator? I'm passionate about mental health and supporting the health of the LGBTQ+ community.

Campus Involvement: Facilitating Bi-Furious for the LGBTQ+ Center and volunteering annually for GV's Haunted Arboretum.

Top Tip for Being Well: Communication is fundamental in all of your relationships; take the time to make sure your needs are being met and that your boundaries are being respected. It isn't selfish to prioritize yourself.

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Go sky diving
  • Write a novel
  • Travel to all 50 States
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Priyan Isabel Maddela

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Health informatics and bioinformatics

Year: Masters

Semesters on WIT: 1

Why did you want to become a Peer Educator? I love to learn, educate others about health and wellness, and help them in their journey of becoming the best version of themselves.

Campus Involvement: Student Manager at campus dining

Top Tip for Being Well: Try new things, journal and push yourself through difficulties using resources.

3 Bucket List Items:

  • To travel around the world
  • To work as a dentist in the USA
  • To learn how to play the piano
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Amber Gunneson

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Applied food and nutrition

Year: Junior

Semesters on WIT: 1

Why did you want to become a Peer Educator? I am very passionate about healthy living, and want to be an advocate, role model, and support for people on and off of campus! I have so much knowledge and lived experiences that I want to share with others.

Top Tip for Being Well: Always find time to laugh and have fun. If you spend your whole life just working and never having fun, life can get daunting. Spend time with people you love!

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Get my Registered Dietitian License
  • Visit all of the national parks
  • Have my own business in nutrition
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Jordan Eyster

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Psychology

Minor: Philosophy

Year: Sophomore

Semesters on WIT: 1

Why did you want to become a Peer Educator? I'm extremely passionate about growth and self-improvement, and wellness is crucial to the development of these processes. Becoming a Peer Educator allows me to help others begin or continue their growth journey, allowing them to live more fulfilling lifestyles!

Campus Involvement: Club Softball

Top Tip for Being Well: Your mind and body are an interconnected system so it is crucial to take care of both! Find a form of physical movement that excites you, moderate unhealthy food, and listen to your body and emotional cues, as these are often huge insights into the best wellness practices for you.

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Open up my own LLC
  • Visit the Pacific Northwest
  • Hike the Sleeping Bear Dunes
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Lainey Otten

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Psychology

Minor: Writing

Year: Junior

Semesters on WIT: 1

Why did you want to become a Peer Educator? One of my top passions is to make learning about sexual health less uncomfortable and Fun! I feel everyone has the right to be educated about what wellness, especially sexual wellness and what it means to them. Crafting the perfect mix of wellness and humor to make conversations about sexual health and mental health less taboo. Joining the WIT team allows me to not only learn skills for myself but teach my peers the skill they need to be happier and healthier.

Campus Involvement: GVBoxing Club & Fishladder

Top Tip for Being Well: Find the people that make you want to be a better person. One of the most fulfilling things is watching not only yourself but your friends grow into the people they want to be. Having a good support system and people that you feel comfortable having deep conversations with allows you to learn more about yourself.

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Get my motorcycle license
  • Travel to New Zealand and Thailand
  • Publish a book
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Amelia Horn – MPH Practicum Student

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Masters of Public Health - Health Promotion Emphasis

Year: 2nd year Graduate Student

Semesters on WIT: 1

Why did you want to work for Recreation and Wellness? I believe that everyone should have access to affordable and accessible sexual health supplies, education, and healthcare. Through working at Recreation and Wellness, I am able to join the important work of promoting sexual wellness on campus. 

Top Tip for Being Well:  Take some time to observe nature. Whether it's witnessing a bee collecting pollen or a loon diving for food, this time provides me with valuable perspective and a sweet opportunity to relax. 

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Bikepacking trip around Michigan’s UP
  • Learn Spanish
  • Backpacking trip in Maine (Acadia National Park)

For more information about the WIT Peer Educator role, check out the job description!

Thank you past WIT Peer Educators!

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Image of two WIT peer educators presenting Your Wellness at GVSU
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