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Longhorn Wellness Peer Educators

The goal of the Longhorn Wellness Peer Educator program is to actively engage students in building necessary skills to be effective health promotion leaders on campus. Longhorn Wellness Peer Educators work to empower fellow UT students to make well-informed decisions about their wellbeing and positively influence a healthy campus culture.

Meet the 2020-2021 Longhorn Wellness Peer Educators.

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There are many benefits of being a Longhorn Wellness Peer Educator, including:

  • Earning academic credit for public health experience
  • Gaining knowledge on a variety of health topics relevant to college students, which may include mental health, sleep, substance use, healthy sexuality and more!
  • Positively influencing your peers and UT campus
  • Helping students connect mental and physical well-being
  • Building public speaking and group facilitation skills
  • Advocating for a healthier campus and creating change in a meaningful way
  • Talking to fellow students about sensitive health and wellness topics
  • Developing leadership skills and engaging in professional development
  • Becoming part of a supportive team
  • Engaging in opportunities to practice self-care

Service Hours

In addition to academic learning, peer educators are required to complete service hours that include outreach, workshop facilitation, tabling, planning wellness programs, mentorship, participation in UT’s Wellness Network, and other support for the Longhorn Wellness Center.

Program Outline and Requirements

  • Peer educators must commit to three consecutive long semesters (fall-spring-fall).
  • There are no academic prerequisites for the Longhorn Wellness Peer Educator program.
Semester Course Credit Service Hours Course Code Course Description
1 (fall) 3 hours 10 HED 378I Prepare to be a peer educator through discussions, lectures, readings, assignments, shadowing of senior peer educators and interactive exercises. Start the planning of a campus health initiative and learn about a variety of health topics.
2 (spring) 1 hour 30 HED 178G Take the lead on conducting campus outreach through facilitating workshops, tabling and other events while continuing to develop your own campus health initiative. Learn about different resources and services available to students.
3 (fall) 1 hour 30 HED 178J Continue to conduct campus outreach through facilitating workshops, tabling and other events as a senior peer educator while serving as a mentor to incoming peer educators. Complete the development of your campus health initiative and learn about community health resources and services.

*For those in the Bridging Disciplines Program, the first semester class (HED 378I) meets the requirement for credit in Ethics and Leadership (under the Ethics of Health Care strand); Social Inequality, Health, and Policy (under Public Health as well as Family, Fertility, and the Life Course); and Social Entrepreneurship and Non-Profits (under the Health and Health Care strand).

Become a Longhorn Wellness Peer Educator!

Applications for the 2022-2023 LWPE cohort will open February 2022. Please check back then for application information or reach out to LonghornWellnessCenter@austin.utexas.edu.

Questions? Contact us at (512) 475-8252 or email longhornwellnesscenter@austin.utexas.edu.




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