The Wellness Center strives to promote health and well-being within the campus community. Our peer programs conduct workshops and outreach, while our advocacy services provide one-on-one support to survivors within our community.
The Wellness Center currently houses three peer-to-peer programs: PEERS, Peer Health Educators, 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.
Peer Health Educators
- The Wellness Center is dedicated to promoting and delivering health promotion awareness events and activities. In order to most effectively reach the AU community, we've created the AU Volunteer Peer Health Educator Program. Peer Health Educators (PHEs) are a diverse group of AU students 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 peer educator in one of these programs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
- For more information, email stepup@American.edu or visit the Step Up website.
The Wellness Center houses two confidential victim advocates: the Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator and the Coordinator of Victim Advocacy Services. Both individuals are trained to respond to students who have experienced sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and/or stalking.
- Advocacy is safe, confidential, and respectful. The purpose of advocacy is not only to provide support for survivors, but also to help survivors navigate their options and make informed decisions about their security, health, and the adjudication process. An advocate is a confidential support who can help you in the aftermath of an incident.
- 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, contact the Sexual Assault Coordinator or the Coordinator for Victim Advocacy Services: