Peer Education Groups | Hastings College

Peer Education Groups

Peer Umbrella Network

Peer Umbrella Network, better known as P.U.N., are student peer educators at Hastings College who focus on promoting a positive campus community that reflects the attitudes, behaviors and values of a healthy lifestyle.

P.U.N.'s trained student outreach presenters and advocates give ongoing supervision in a specific health topic area. Training includes skills based training and additional specific topic training. The students of P.U.N. take part in creating, planning and implementing health awareness weeks/months and programs throughout the Hastings College community.

Everyone is welcome to join any of the P.U.N. groups. For more information contact Beth Littrell at blittrell@hastings.edu or stop by the Campus Heath Center. Groups meet weekly at the Stone Health Center. 

The P.U.N. Groups

SHAC (Student Health Advisory Council)
This group educates the campus community on a variety of health-related issues. Some of the topics that SHAC addresses include educating the campus on healthy living (nutrition, sleep, and physical activity), sponsoring blood drives, educate the campus on the breast cancer and testicular cancer; sponsoring the campus Great American Smokeout/Spitout and QUIT programs.

Mental Wellness Educators
Mental Wellness Educators is changing the conversation about mental health, empowering students to speak openly about mental health issues in order to educate others and encourage help seeking. They are changing the culture on campus and in the community by providing information on mental wellness, leadership opportunities, and advocacy training. 

BACCHUS (Boost Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students)
Encourages responsible decision-making concerning the use or non-use of alcohol and other drugs. They also encourage respect for the choices of others. 

C.A.R.E. (College Acquaintance Rape Educators)
Through peer education, CARE provides accurate information about and skills for prevention of sexual violence, including information about healthy/unhealthy relationships. Application and tryouts take place during the spring semester. 

Gay/Straight Alliance
The Alliance promotes and educates about safety, dignity, and respect for students of all sexual orientations, including gay, lesbian, straight bisexual, transgendered, questioning people, and their Allies. Alliance strives to create a welcoming, supportive atmosphere for all.

PHIVE-O
To provide accurate information about and prevention of HIV/AIDS and other STIs to the campus community. Phive-O is trained by the American Red Cross to dispel myths about HIV/AIDS and provide education on ways to reduce risk.