Peer Education Program: Capital Peers

Who are the Capital Peers?

Capital Peers are a group of peer health educators who work directly with the Colonial Health Center (CHC) to provide health promotion and education to the GW student body. Through events, workshops, marketing campaigns, and more, Capital Peers serve as educators and role models for GW students related to all things health and wellness. Students who participate in the Capital Peers program are nationally certified peer educators through the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) affiliate, BACCHUS Network.

Interested in learning more? Meet the 2019-2020 Capital Peers

Vision of Capital Peers:

The vision for the Capital Peers is to be a preeminent group of student leaders who influence and inspire GW students to prioritize health and wellness within themselves and the GW student community.

Mission of the Capital Peers:

GW Capital Peers are a diverse group of students who educate, promote, and inspire GW students to live healthy lives. Through education and outreach on various college student health topics, Capital Peers equip their peers to practice healthy living to help them achieve success in college.

Capital Peers assist the CHC with a variety of ways:

  • Educate students on health and wellness topics by facilitating events, workshops, and presentations.
  • Assist with staffing outreach and health assessment contact tables.
  • Plan, organize, and facilitate health and wellness events based on student interests, campus need, and/or  campus requests.
  • Collaborate with other student organizations and departments to promote wellness and educate students on relevant health topics.
Recruitment and Membership
  • Assist with recruitment of new members to the Capital Peers program.
  • Plan team building events for Capital Peers members.
  • Assist with developing and facilitating Capital Peers trainings.
  • Act as a positive role model for other students by participating in healthy lifestyle choices and behaviors.
  • Provide an open-minded and nonjudgmental approach to health and wellness topics with GW students.
  • Offer education on resources available to students looking for or needing extra support.

How do I get involved?

Applications for the Capital Peers program are available every fall semester. Selected applicants will participate in the Certified Peer Educator Training Program developed by the NASPA's BACCHUS Network during the following spring semester. After successful completion of the program, students will become Certified Peer Educators and are expected to serve a minimum of two semesters as a Capital Peer.

In addition to becoming a Certified Peer Educator, students participating in the Capital Peers program will develop valuable leadership skills, such as:

  • Event planning
  • Public speaking
  • Creating, organizing, and implementing health promotion campaigns and initiatives
  • Goal setting and evaluation of health education outcomes
  • Social media management
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Networking with student organizations and university departments
  • Working with a diverse student body

Who can become a Capital Peer?

Both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply to the Capital Peers program. Students must also meet the following criteria to apply or be a part of the Capital Peers program:

  • Must be in good academic standing with the university:
    • Not on academic probation
    • Cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Must be in good conduct standing with the university
  • Serve as a positive role model and representative of the Colonial Health Center in the following ways:
    • Model desired behaviors for peers
    • Display team oriented behavior
    • Possess a positive attitude
    • Demonstrate an openness to learning, growing, and working with students of diverse backgrounds

To learn more about the Capital Peers program, please email [email protected].