SUPERs (Suffolk University Peer-health EducatoRs)

SUPER Executive Board Application

To Apply for the paid e-board positions please read the information below and visit the Application Document link at the bottom of the page.  Please make sure to read all of the information below before applying. 

SUPERs Description:   

  • The Suffolk University Peer-Health Educators (SUPERs) is an assemblage of undergraduate students who are trained and supervised by the Assistant Director of Counseling, Health & Wellness Services. The SUPERs are made up of the Executive Board, general SUPERs members and SUPERs Ambassadors. This application is for the paid Executive Board positions.  Ideally candidates will already be either SUPER trained or SUPER Ambassador trained before entering the Executive Board, but not required.   
  • The SUPERs are a departmental student group which provides the Suffolk University undergraduate community with interactive, educational programs on health issues important to college students. These topics can include, but are not limited to sexual health, alcohol and other drugs, nutrition, stress, and sleep. The SUPERs also act as college health information liaisons and resources for other students. All Executive Board Members and SUPERs must be certified as peer-health educators.     

Position Details:         

  • The Suffolk University Peer-Health Educator Executive Board is a group of 5 paid undergraduate students that work with the Assistant Director more closely on planning events as well as represent student health concerns.  They act as the leadership team of the SUPERs.   

Award amount:           

  • $4,200 total ($1,800 posted as a grant to tuition account and $2,400 awarded as employment, which is paid on a bi-weekly basis for hours worked).  

Time commitment:

  • 300 hours per academic year, 10 hours per week on the following activities ·      
  • Weekly meetings: to take place on Tuesdays AND Thursdays during activities period (unless another time is decided on as a group) ·      
  • 1-2 additional hours will be used for office hours and administratively managing programs
  • Additional hours are used to present outreach programs, design health education written materials, and participate in implementation of health awareness events (e.g. Sex and Love Week, World AIDS Day, Stress Positively Series, etc.).    

Training Commitment:

  • Selected applicants are required to attend a week long training based on availability.
    • Twelve hours of that training will be the Certified Peer-Health Education training (PHE), if not previous completed.
  • Attend National Peer-Health Educator Conference in October (if funding available) and Regional Peer-Health Educator Conference in March (travel expenses covered)    

Application Requirements:                                   

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate for one academic year (two semesters) and plan to maintain full-time status. 
  • Applicants must also have and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8.    
  • Following completion of the PHE training, students are required to commit for a minimum of one full academic year as a SUPER.     

Review process:                                    

  • Awards are renewable based on satisfactory performance. 
  • The employment portion of these awards ($2,400) is considered taxable income and subject to tax withholding.  

Summary:

  • Minimum one academic year commitment
  • Two mandatory weekly meetings and trainings 
  • .5 hours of online communication with fellow SUPERs weekly  
  • 2 hours in office time for planning
  • 6 hours per week for live programming and administrative/office program planning (this is flexible)

 To Apply using the online form please click here: Application Document.  If you would prefer a paper application, please click here: Paper SUPERs Application

Our Mission

About: The Suffolk University Peer-health Educators (SUPERs) are an undergraduate group made up of students who are trained and nationally certified through the BACCHUS network (CPE Training). Students not yet CPE trained can go through an ambassador training and become SUPERs Ambassadors!  The group also has an Executive Board of five paid students.  

Goal: The goal of the SUPERs is to provide students with facts and resources on health related topics such as sexual health, alcohol and other drugs, stress, sleep, nutrition, mental health, etc. Using an open minded, fun and non-judgmental approach, the SUPERs interact with students to encourage healthy life styles. The SUPERS reflect the mission of Suffolk University to educate students to become advocates for their own well-being which is essential to their overall academic success.

Current Executive Board SUPERs:

Mari Leclerc - Junior

Stephanie Fiorentino - Senior

John Paul Livingstone - Senior

Ariel Wilson - Senior

Amanda Mari - Junior

        

 

Who Are the SUPERs?

The SUPERs are passionate and responsible student leaders who extend health and wellness education beyond the walls of the office. SUPERs help their peers develop the tools they need to lead healthy lifestyles. They also encourage students to think critically about college health issues by raising questions, facilitating discussion, and sharing information. They do this is a positive, interactive, fun and non-judgemental manner.

 

 

What Can SUPERs Provide?

Through their extensive training and national certification, the SUPERs:

  • Provide one on one conversations with fellow students who have sensitive health-related questions
  • Lead and sponsor educational programming for fellow students
  • Disseminate accurate health information on campus
  • Provide referrals to on and off campus services
  • Advocate for changes in campus policies to support student health
Would you like the SUPERs to co-sponsor an event, present in your class or at your student group meeting?  Please fill out a Program Request Form and we will get back to you shortly.  

Can I Be a SUPER?

  • We have paid and volunteer positions available
  • If you are interested, please view the application and like the SUPERs on Facebook at Facebook.com/SuffolkUniversitySUPERs.  There you will find out about our monthly general meetings, SUPER Ambassador Training, SUPER Trainings and Executive Board Application deadlines.  
  • If you have any questions please contact Paulette Giambalvo, Assistant Director, Counseling, Health & Wellness Services with any questions at 617-557-1587 or pgiambalvo@suffolk.edu.

 

Why Should I Be a Super?

  • This is a great resume builder!
  • Become a nationally Certified Peer Educator (CPE) through the BACCHUS network
  • Opportunities to attend national and regional conferences
  • Gain extensive knowledge about contraception, sexually transmitted infections, body image, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, eating disorders, nutrition, health promotion, men’s and women’s health, stress management, sexual violence, depression, healthy relationships, etc. Develop essential professional and life skills in the area of leadership, public speaking, goal setting, time management, teamwiork, program planning and evaluation

 

Is Being a SUPER For Me?

  • A strong applicant should possess these qualities:
  • Must be a full-time undergraduate student
  • Strong interest in promoting healthy behaviors among fellow students
  • Open to cultures, practices, sexual orientations different from your own
  • Sensitivity to controversial/personal topics that are sometimes embarrassing, and have a willingness to talk candidly about them
  • Ability to articulate facts about health behaviors and to dispel myths and perceptions
  • Demonstrate a sincere concern for others and their well-being.