Peer Education is an approach to health promotion in which students are trained to promote health-enhancing knowledge and skills among their peers. These Peer Educators serve as positive role models to their fellow students while providing opportunities and information to engage in healthy decision-making, behaviors, and personal and community connections.
Student Health Service has two peer education groups:
- Campus Well-being Educators(CWEs) – This peer education group is dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyle choices for NDSU students through health and well-being programming and campus outreach with support of the President’s Council for Campus Well-being.
- Violence Prevention Educators(VPEs) – This peer education group is focused on educating the campus community on awareness and prevention of power based personal violence with an emphasis on sexual violence, dating violence and stalking.
Peer Educator programs are based on the belief that students are highly effective in influencing the health attitudes and behaviors of other students. They are valuable in identifying risky behaviors, providing opportunities and information for health behavior change, and serve as role models while correcting misinformation and misperceptions among their fellow students. Peer education makes use of peer influence in a positive way. Students of all ages are faced with making personal decisions about health and safety. Developing positive decision-making skills impacts student life and prepares students to enter the real world and the greater community to promote healthy and safe lifestyles.
To learn more about peer education on campus visit our Health Promotion Peer Education Program Handbook
Join A Peer Education Group
Both the VPEs and the CWEs are currently recruiting new members for the 2022-2023 school year! Below is more information about each group and their work on campus. Click the banner below to apply!
The Campus Well-being Educators (CWEs) are a peer education group dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyle choices for NDSU students through health and well-being programming and campus outreach with support of the President’s Council for Campus Well-being. Over the past year the CWEs have worked on events like National Kindness Day, National Walking Day, as well as information on sleep hygiene, how to communicate with professors, and substance use education.
The Violence Prevention Educators (VPEs) are our peer education group focused on educating the campus community on awareness and prevention of power based personal violence with an emphasis on sexual violence, dating violence and stalking. VPEs attend regular training to be able to lead conversations on topics including consent, healthy relationships, and sexual assault. VPEs are also instrumental in implementing campus wide events like Take Back the Night and Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. You can see more of the VPEs work on their Instagram @NDSUVPEs.