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PEEHRS Promotes Awareness and Education on Campus
The Office of Health Promotion is offering its Peer Educators Encouraging Healthy Relationships (PEEHRS) program for the 2016–2017 academic year. PEEHRS is a peer education program that aims to promote healthy, respectful relationships and create a safer campus community.
The PEEHRS team consists of 17 student peer educators who completed an intensive, five-day training on topics such as sexual and relationship violence, stalking, sexuality and sexual health. All members of the PEEHRS team are volunteers who devote a minimum of three to five hours per week toward programming, creating educational materials and hosting education initiatives on campus.
“Nothing we do is possible without the entire group working together day in and day out,” says Matt Fox, a senior in the School of Information Studies and team leader of the PEEHRS program. “I am so proud to be leading this group through my final year at Syracuse and could not be more excited for what’s coming next for PEEHRS.”
During the month of October, PEEHRS will be raising awareness of relationship violence for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. They are also involved in the It’s On Us Week of Action, which takes place from Oct. 9-15. The It’s On Us Week of Action encourages college students to get involved and make a personal commitment to look out for their peers and help end sexual assault.
In addition to these programs, PEEHRS will continue to accept requests from various organizations, residence halls, classes and sports teams to facilitate personal conversations focusing on a variety of different issues related to relationships. Programs can be requested via the resources tab on the Health Promotions website.
“We encourage the campus community to request programs from the website if you feel your organization or class will benefit from these conversations,” says Fox. “We always look forward to hearing from you!”
Students interested in getting involved are encouraged to join the volunteer listserv available on the Health Promotions website.
For more information about PEEHRS, contact Michelle Goode, sexual and relationship violence prevention health promotions specialist, at 315.443.3514 or firstname.lastname@example.org.