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 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. POWs collaborate with Resident Assistants, Peer Mentors, fraternity and sorority chapters, varsity athletic teams, and other student organizations to design and facilitate events and programs for the campus community. They are supervised by professional staff members from the Health and Wellness Department at Babson.
Programs & Services
Educational Programming & Workshops
POW provides educational programs and workshops by request for student organizations, residence halls, and other groups. Visit the "Request a Program" page to see the list of available programs and access the request form.
Office Hours & Wellness Wednesdays
Students are welcome to stop by Office Hours to ask questions, get information, talk to someone privately about a personal concern, or pick up safer sex products, sleep kits, or other materials. POWs are a private resource and trained to listen and help get students connected to more support. On Wednesdays, the POWs staff an information table on a new topic outside the Health Promotion office during Office Hours. Office Hours are held in the Health Promotion office in Reynolds 137, on Main Street on Wednesdays from 7-9pm and Fridays from 5-7pm.
POW Party Grants
Eating is a great way to reduce harms related to drinking alcohol. POW Party Grants fund food and water for student parties, whether or not alcohol is being served. Visit the POW Party Grant webpage to learn more.
Stall Street Journal
A monthly newsletter produced by POW with interesting articles about a range of health topics that can generally be found in restrooms in Reynolds Campus Center and throughout Babson’s residence halls.
Program Structure & Time Commitment
Each member of POW devotes a minimum of 3-6 hours/week to the program. Each subcommittee and the full membership gather weekly for staff meetings.
Professional Development & Recruitment Committee
Chair: Melanie Plattner '18; Secretary: Valentina Tiffany '20; Members: Marion Christensen '18, and Sean Harrington '20.
Events & Programming Committee
Chair: Olivia Phelan '20; Office Hours Coordinator: Kelsey Erstein '20; Members: Jodee Sakamaki '20, Malvika Sheth '20.
POW Party Grants Committee
Chair: My-Linh DeBonis '19; Members: Emily Woodward '20, Freda Yuan '20.
Chair: Megan Lewis '18; Stall Street Editor: Jillian Eckard '20; Members: Michelle Buslov '20, Gizem Yilmaz '20.
How To Apply
Students can apply to become a POW using the Shared Leadership Application typically made available at the end of the fall semester. Interviews and hiring decisions take place in January/February each year. POWs hired in the spring semester may be required to complete some preliminary training that semester, but officially begin their positions the following August. All POWs must return to campus early for fall training, which begins the week prior to New Student Orientation. For more information about joining POW, please contact email@example.com.