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.

Meet the SUPERs

Current Executive Board Members:

  • Lisa Jedeoun
  • Shennamu Kaine
  • Emma Moller
  • Alyssa Montecalvo
  • Brianna Vieira

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.

SUPER Executive Board Application

To apply for an Executive Board member position, please read the information below and email the assistant director for wellness education with any further questions.

SUPERs Description:

  • The Suffolk University Peer Health Educators (SUPERs) is a group of students who are nationally certified, trained, and supervised by the assistant director for wellness education. The SUPERs are made up of the Executive Board, general body 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 joining the Executive Board, but this is required.
  • 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 Executive Board members must be certified as peer-health educators.

Position Details:

  • The Suffolk University Peer Health Educator Executive Board is 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:

  • Twelve 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.
  • Following completion of CPE training, 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 Executive Board member position, please email Annie Crossman.