UHC Peer Programs

University Health Center Peer Programs are experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate students at the University of Maryland. Peers specialize in different content areas and activities, but all are responsible for educating, serving, and improving the wellness of University of Maryland community members.

University Health Center Peer Programs include:

  • Health Promotion and Wellness Services (HPWS) Peer Education Programs that address sexual health and wellness, stress and mental wellness, and alcohol and other substance use.

  • Campus Advocates Respond and Educate (CARE) to Stop Violence Peer Programs include Peer Education, Advocacy and Outreach, and address power-based violence, such as sexual assault, relationship violence, sexual harassment, and stalking.

Health Promotion & Wellness Services

Health Promotion & Wellness Services Peer Education Programs

With the University Health Center's HPWS Peer Education Program, undergraduate students earn credit to educate the campus community about wellness through one of three topic-specific lenses (stress and mental health, substance use, and sexual health and wellness). Being a peer educator is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience working directly with students, improve your public speaking and program planning skills, and join a group of talented, creative, dedicated students like you who are committed to our mission of wellness for all at UMD!

HPWS Peer Education Specializations

Peer educators will specialize in one of our three topic areas. While the three groups work closely together, they are three separate courses with different course numbers.

  • stress and mental health
  • sexual health and wellness
  • alcohol and other drug use

What do HPWS Peer Educators do?

  • Present to topic specific and general wellness information to classrooms and to student groups
  • Provide workshops in various spaces on campus (i.e. res halls, with student orgs)
  • Table for general and topic specific events on campus (i.e. First Look Fair, Thriving Thursdays)
  • Support University Health Center programs (i.e. Wags for Wellness, STI testing events)

Peer Educators are required to commit to enrolling in the corresponding courses for both the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters and should expect to commit to an average of 3-5 hours each week (including class time).

CARE to Stop Violence

CARE Peer Education

With the University Health Center's CARE Peer Education Program, undergraduate students earn credit to educate the campus community about power-based violence and ways we can support survivors. Being a peer educator is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience working directly with students, improve your public speaking and program planning skills, and join a group of talented, creative, and dedicated students.

What do CARE Peer Educators do?

  • Present and facilitate workshops about power-based violence and bystander intervention to the campus community.
  • Create and execute interactive educational tabling, pop-up and campus-wide events.
  • Research and examine education in various public health models and populations.
  • Learn about different levels of prevention and response and collaborate with other CARE Peer Groups.

Peer Educators are required to commit to enrolling in the corresponding courses for both the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters and should expect to commit to an average of 3-5 hours each week (including class time).

CARE Peer Advocacy

University Health Center Peer Advocates serve under the direction of the Lead Advocate at the CARE to Stop Violence office. Peer Advocates work with clients of the CARE to Stop Violence office, which include primary and secondary victims/survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment (power-based violence).

What do Peer Advocates do?

  • Support clients by providing resources, crisis intervention and emotional support both in person and  after hours via the CARE crisis cell.
  • Arrange and possibly accompany clients to the hospital to receive a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) or arrange University Health Center medical appointments.
  • Accompany clients to meetings with the Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct (Title IX), the Police, the Office of Student Conduct, and other on-/off-campus reporting resources.
  • Plan and execute a “Take Back the Night” event and participate in other campus events as requested.

Peer Advocates should expect to sign up for 12 office hours each week, with each shift being no less than 3 hours. The Peer Advocacy class takes place on Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00 PM.

CARE Peer Outreach

Outreach Peers serve under the direction of the Outreach Coordinator at the CARE to Stop Violence office. Outreach Peers are the voice of CARE and are ultimately responsible for ensuring the entire UMD campus community is aware of CARE and other resources for those that have been impacted by sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or sexual harassment (power-based violence).

What do Outreach Peers do?

  • Educate the campus community about CARE’s advocacy, therapy, and education services.
  • Plan and execute large-scale events, create promotional materials, table to promote CARE, and facilitate presentations to student groups.
  • Build relationships with student groups and campus organizations, facilitate focus groups, and conduct community assessments.
  • Examine policies and current events related to power-based violence in order to effectively respond to changing community needs.

Outreach Peers should expect to commit to an average of 3-5 hours each week (including class time). The Peer Outreach class takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-6 PM.