Peer-Health Educators (SUPERs)

The SUPERs are student leaders who promote wellness education by helping their peers develop the tools needed to lead healthy lifestyles. They encourage students to think critically about health and wellness topics through educational and interactive programming. During the Fall semester of 2020, the SUPERs are available via Zoom during their office hours and Wellness Wednesdays. Please check the Zoom schedule below to see when they are available and follow @su_supers on Instagram for live updates by the SUPERs.

Meet the SUPERs

Current Executive Board Members:

  • Oluwatumininu Princess Akinyombo
  • Lisa Jedeoun
  • Brianna Vieira
  • Grace Voll

What can SUPERs provide?

Through their extensive training and national certification, the SUPERs:

  • Provide peer-to-peer conversations with fellow students who may have sensitive health-related questions.
  • Plan and facilitate educational programming for the Suffolk community.
  • Provide information on various health and wellness topics.
  • Offer referrals to on- and off-campus services and resources as needed.
  • Advocate for changes in campus policies to support student health.

Interested in working with the SUPERs? We are happy to co-sponsor an event, present to your class or student group, facilitate a workshop, or provide resources on a variety of health and wellness topics. Please fill out a Program Request Form and we will get back to you shortly.

Why Should I Be a SUPER?

A successful applicant will have an interest in promoting healthy behaviors among Suffolk students; be open to cultures, practices, and sexual orientations different from their own; have sensitivity to personal health issues other students may be facing; have an ability to share information and resources about health and wellness; and demonstrate a sincere concern for others and their well-being.

SUPERs will become nationally Certified Peer Educators (CPE) through the BACCHUS network and have opportunities to attend national and regional conferences. They will gain extensive knowledge about sexual health, body image, alcohol and other drugs, tobacco, nutrition, mental health, stress management, sexual violence, healthy relationships, sleep hygiene, and other wellness topics important to college students' overall well-being. SUPERs will develop the following skills: leadership, public speaking, goal setting, time management, teamwork, program planning/implementation, and evaluation.

Apply to become a SUPER

To apply, please read the information below and email wellness@suffolk.edu for an application or any further questions. Please note that recruitment for new SUPERs begins during the Spring semester and the hiring process is completed by May.

SUPERs Description

  • The Suffolk University Peer Health Educators (SUPERs) are a group of students who are nationally certified, trained, and supervised by the CHW Assistant Director for Wellness Education or other CHW staff.
  • The SUPERs are a departmental student group which provides the Suffolk University community with interactive and educational programs on health and wellness issues important to college students. These topics can include, but are not limited to: sexual health, sleep hygiene, stress management, mental health, and alcohol and other drugs. The SUPERs serve as college health resources for their peers. All SUPERs will become certified as peer-health educators.

Position Details

  • The Suffolk University Peer Health Educator Executive Board are a group of five students that work with the assistant director for wellness education to plan programming events, educational workshops, and informative campaigns.
  • Attend the BACCHUS National Peer Health Educator Conference in the fall semester and the BACCHUS Region 1 Peer Health Educator Conference in the spring semester.

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

Time Commitment

  • 300 hours per academic year; 10 hours per week on the following activities:
    • Two weekly meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays during activities period.
    • Two to four office hours will be used for administrative responsibilities, program planning, and Wellness Resource Center coverage.
    • Additional hours include outreach programs, creating health education materials, and participating in the implementation of health awareness events.

Training Commitment

  • Eight hours of Certified Peer Health Education (CPE) training.
  • One full day of content training and ongoing trainings throughout the academic year.

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student 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.
  • Students are required to commit for a minimum of one full academic year as a SUPER.

Summary

  • Minimum one academic year commitment.
  • Two mandatory weekly meetings and ongoing trainings throughout the academic year.
  • Two to four office hours for administrative responsibilities, program planning, and Wellness Resource Center coverage.
  • Remaining hours per week for outreach programs, creating health education materials, and participating in the implementation of health awareness events.

To inquire about applying for an SUPER position, please email us.

FAQs (about being a SUPER)

  • Provide on and off campus resources to students
  • Assist in creating pamphlets, post on social media, emails, tabling
  • Be a role model for students on and off campus 
  • Be able to refer your peers to resources when they are facing any hardships
  • Create programs on wellness topics and work with campus organizations
  • Maintain a relaxing and welcoming environment at the Wellness Resource Center 
  • Restock supply, enforce center policies, create flyers

  • Around 10 hours/week (but no more than that!)
  • Mandatory weekly meeting during activities period
  • Occasional Conferences and Trainings (which will be announced in advance)

  • Before you begin, you will go through a Certified Peer Health Educator training that will help guide you.
  • New SUPERs will partner with returners in the first semester to practice presenting in groups.
  • We practice in front of our coworkers and supervisors for feedback and support.
  • PRACTICE makes PERFECT.

Yes! Two totally different things. Being a SUPER is an ambassador position which is why you must maintain a GPA of at least 2.8.

  • All majors are welcome to be a SUPER
  • A background in some kind of health and wellness is welcome, but interest in some topic of health is necessary!

Holistic health approach:

  • Sexual Health
  • Mental Health
  • Physical health/nutrition
  • Self love/Care