Peers On Wellness
Peers On Wellness (POW) is a student leadership program devoted to promoting health and educating fellow Babson students on a range of wellness topics. POWs are educators, leaders, role models, and resources to the Babson community. POWs are student volunteers who receive extensive training in a variety of topics including, but not limited to: alcohol and other drugs, sexual assault and intimate partner violence, stress management, mental health, nutrition and exercise, eating disorders, sexual health, sleep hygiene, and healthy relationships. Peer educators learn public speaking, group facilitation, and leadership skills that enable them to provide workshops and run programs to student groups on these important topics in fun and creative ways. As individuals, Peer Educators may collaborate with other student leaders like RAs and Peer Mentors and with organizations like Greek Life and Athletic Teams to offer programming. As a group, the Health and Wellness Peer Educators work with each other to design, create, and offer events to the campus community while being supervised by professional staff members from the Health and Wellness Department at Babson.
Program Structure & Time Commitment
Each member of POW devotes a minimum of 3-5 hours/week to the program. POW is enacting a new structure for the 2016-2017 academic year, including a president and three chairs for each of POW’s new subcommittees: Marketing, Events, and Education & Training. Each subcommittee and the full membership gather weekly for staff meetings.
Programs & Services
WATCH YOUR BAC WORKSHOPS
These student-led workshops focus on issues of alcohol and social life at Babson. POWs and members of the Health & Wellness Staff co-facilitate discussion with First-Year Seminar groups during new student orientation. These interactive sessions cover physiology of alcohol, risk and protective factors, Babson’s Amnesty Policy, and how to be an active bystander.
GUIDED MEDITATION VOICEMAIL (781-239-REST)
Practice mindfulness techniques and regain a sense of balance and centeredness. Our guided meditation voicemail is a great tool to help relax, slow down racing thoughts, and/or come down from a stressful day before bed.
ONLINE SCREENING FOR MENTAL HEALTH
There are a series of free, confidential, and anonymous online screening tools for mental health available at: http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/babson. Each screening tool provides feedback, information, and resources related to a range of issues from anxiety and depression to substance use, eating concerns, trauma, and bipolar disorder.
STALL STREET JOURNALS
A monthly newsletter produced by POW with interesting articles about a range of health topics that can generally be found in restrooms throughout Babson’s residence halls.