The Wellness Center strives to promote health and well-being within the campus community. Our peer educators conduct workshops and outreach, while the Office of Advocacy Services for Interpersonal and Sexual Violence (OASIS) provides one-on-one support to survivors within our community. Read more about each program below.
The Wellness Center currently houses three peer-to-peer programs: PEERS, the Wellness Crew, and Step Up Student Leaders. Each group conducts peer-facilitated workshops and provides education and outreach to the campus community.
Peer Educators for the Elimination of Relationship and Sexual violence (PEERS) is comprised of passionate student leaders at AU who are recruited, trained, and supervised by AU's Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator.
The mission of PEERS is to increase awareness of sexual assault, dating abuse, and stalking; as well as reduce the incidence of sexual violence in the AU community through outreach and education. PEERS provide workshops and facilitate discussions on dating abuse, stalking, and sexual violence to any university affiliated group.
To book a training or learn more, please email the Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator at SAPC@american.edu.
The Wellness Crew
The Wellness Crew is comprised of a diverse group of students who are interested in proactively addressing health and wellness issues on campus. They are trained to educate their classmates about college lifestyle and wellness issues in a positive, interactive, fun, and nonjudgmental manner.
If you are interested in booking a presentation of any of these programs for your group or organization, or if you'd like to apply to become a member of the Wellness Crew, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step Up Student Leaders
Step Up Student Leaders promote Step Up AU, the bystander intervention initiative of American University. The purpose of Step Up is to engage the community in active citizenry--to step in and step up to intervene in high-risk situations.
Student Leaders conduct trainings and participate in education and outreach activities. The Step Up model can be applied in a wide range of scenarios common to campus communities, including risky drinking, hazing, mental health concerns, and sexual assault.
Housed within the Wellness Center, the Office of Advocacy Services for Interpersonal and Sexual Violence (OASIS) provides free and confidential services to anyone in the campus community who is affected by sexual violence, interpersonal violence (dating or domestic violence), and stalking.
Advocacy is a supportive service intended to help survivors navigate their options and make informed decisions about their security, health, academic well-being, and the adjudication process. For more information, visit the OASIS home page.
Confiding in an advocate does not mean you must report an incident to the school or the police. If you have any questions or concerns about confidentiality, an advocate can provide clarifying examples. Email us at OASIS@american.edu or call 202-885-7070.