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PEPS currently employs three upperclassmen and one senior practicum student who are passionate about promoting well-being initiatives at CMU.


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PEPS members coach peers in physical, mental well-being

In the fall of 2014, Colorado Mesa University received an anonymous donation to create a peer-led program to educate the student body on improving its overall well-being. For the last year, assistant professor of psychology Jake Jones, PhD, has served as adviser for the group, known as the Peer Educator Program for Student Well-being (PEPS).

PEPS currently employs three upperclassmen and one senior practicum student who are passionate about promoting well-being initiatives at CMU. The program focuses on the areas of substance abuse, mental health, positive relationships and physical fitness. Every week the program distributes information to students on campus to raise awareness of these issues.

The program has also developed short, 15-minute presentations that can shared in a classroom setting. Each presentation focuses on one of the four areas of the program. Peer education programs are cropping up in many institutions across the country and are seen by many experts as effective models to disseminate information and engage with students. Peer-to-peer programs take out the power differential when recommending resources to students.

PEPS will continue to operate next year. The group’s goal is to become the the premier peer education group on campus.

If you would like more information on promoting diversity, advocacy and health at CMU, please contact me at dsandoval@coloradomesa.edu, extension 1765, or stop by Albers Hall.

By Danny Sandoval

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Dana Nunn, Director of Media Relations

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