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Position Description

The Peer Health Advocates are Health Promotion and Wellness members. They are committed to supporting their fellow students and empowering them to make healthy choices by connecting them to campus resources and offering education related to a variety of health and wellness topics.


PHAs will be asked to:

● Attend weekly meetings (meeting time is based on student’s schedule and may be subject to change)

● Respond promptly (within 48 hours) to the student coordinator and advisor’s emails

● Attend new PHA training during the fall quarter

● Volunteer to present workshops

● Volunteer at other programs and events during the academic year (i.e. Wellapalooza and other programs)

● Assist with marketing and recruitment activities, including tabling, advertising, attending informational meetings and fairs, etc.

● Serve as a health and wellness resource for peers

● Stay actively engaged with the group by attending events and programs

● No more than 3 absences (including programs, events and meetings)

The Peer Health Advocate program is currently made up of 2 branches:

1. The Body Project, which works to raise awareness about eating disorders and creating a more body positive campus environment.

2. InTouch, which aims to educate others about healthy relationships and sexual health.

The Body Project works to promote positive body image within the UChicago community. We are committed to empowering students to love and accept their bodies by providing safe spaces to discuss issues related to body image with our trained peer leaders, as well as other programming that creates a more body positive campus environment.

We aim to:

· Facilitate non-judgmental conversations about body image and eating disorders for people of all body types and backgrounds.

· Provide spaces for open discussion about unrealistic beauty ideals and the potential harm that pursuing those ideals can cause.

· Build a supportive, inclusive community of students who are interested in discussing issues related to body image and eating disorders.

· Encourage the spread of body positivity throughout the campus, and create an environment where open, accepting conversation of body image and weight concerns is the social norm.

· Link students to existing body image and eating disorder related resources.

In Touch is a group of Peer Health Advocates who work to educate UChicago students about sexual health and healthy relationships. We are committed to providing informative, sex positive workshops and programs that empower students by enabling them to make well-informed choices regarding their relationships with others.

We aim to:

· Create a comfortable and inclusive environment for students to express concerns and ask questions regarding their own sexual health and relationships

· Inspire students to think critically about what constitutes a healthy relationship and to be aware of their own interactions with others

TO APPLY: Please submit the documents listed below.

- Resume

- PHA Form (Attached to this Handshake post) 

· Link students to both on and off-campus resources related to sexual health and relationships

· Teach students best practices for maintaining their sexual health.