Many college students lack awareness about common mental health issues, which may result in misinformation and stigma. Develop U is a prevention program designed to help you better understand mental health issues, increase healthy coping, and reduce stigma around reaching out for help, including seeking counseling. Our Develop U peer educators are trained by our staff in mental health issues and programming and host on campus awareness events and workshops for other students. Peer educators are knowledgeable about a variety of mental health topics, including:
- Body image and eating disorders
- Healthy relationships
- Sexual violence
- Stress management
- Suicide prevention
Develop U peer educators are available to sponsor or co-sponsor events with student organizations and campus offices throughout the academic year.
Become a Peer Educator
Peer educators are paid student employees. To become a peer educator, you must meet the following requirements:
- Spring-semester freshman or beyond
- On campus for the full academic year after acceptance into the program
- Available to work approximately five hours per week (with flexibility to increase or decrease hours as needed). Evening and weekend work is required.
- Interest in and ability to discuss sensitive topics with other students.
The application period begins in the spring for open positions during the following year. Accepted students will be notified in the spring after the application and interview process is complete.