SPARTA Peer Health Education
Lead. Empower. Advocate.
Spartans Promoting Awareness and Resources to All is a peer education program that seeks to train student leaders to empower and engage the campus community. We accomplish this mission through campus-wide programming and specially designed workshops presented on campus.
We focus on all areas of health and wellness, with special focus/workshops:
- Mental Health
- Healthy Sex and Sexuality
- Healthy Relationships
- Alcohol and/or other drugs
- Nutrition and Body Image
The peer education program seeks to train student leaders to empower and engage the campus community. Through outreach and advocacy peer educators help to make UNCG a healthier and safer environment for all students.
How Do I Become Involved?
Peer educators begin by taking HEA 202: Introduction to Peer Health Education. This course teaches the fundamental knowledge and interpersonal skills necessary for effective leadership on campus. We teach you the basics of health and wellness with a major focus on leadership development and peer presentation skill-building. Students can also become involved in SPARTA by assisting with tabling and at wellness events by attending regular meetings outside of class time.
HEA 202 is offered every spring semester.
Most students find that being a peer educator is a rich, rewarding experience. The following are some of the benefits of being a peer educator:
- HEA 202 – 3 credits
- Experiential or “hands on” approach to learning
- Gain experience in group leadership
- Meet new friends/people
- Service opportunity
- Develop skills:
- Group facilitation skills
- Presentation skills
- Listening skills
- Develop positive working relationships with:
- Other students
- Student Health Services
- Residence Hall Staff
- Other various departments
- Gain information in specific areas of health
- Develop an area of expertise
- Involvement in a dynamic, pro-active peer program
- Become a nationally recognized Certified Peer Educator