Student Wellness Champions

Meet our awesome team of student wellness leaders!

The Student Wellness Champion Program is a diverse group of undergraduate students trained to educate their residential commons and campus community about college lifestyle and wellness issues in a positive, interactive, fun, and non-judgmental manner. Our Student Wellness Champions serve as liaisons for the Office for Community Health Promotion and the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center and act as health and well-being leaders on campus. They are experts on topics such as nutrition, physical activity, mental health, healthy relationships, and alcohol and other drug prevention. Student Wellness Champions have the opportunity to gain valuable leadership experience, develop knowledge of various health topics, and facilitate dynamic health outreach programs for their campus communities.

Sound interesting? Applications open during the Spring Semester! 

Student Wellness Champions are given the opportunity to specialize in a health area of their choice including: Nutrition, Mental Health, Physical Activity, Stress Management, Time Management, Sleep, Resiliency, Alcohol and Drug Prevention, Sexual Health, Violence Prevention and Healthy Relationships.

 

SWCs are given comprehensive training led by the Office for Community Health Promotion team. During this time, students learn behavior change theory and motivational interviewing skills while furthering their knowledge in a specific health area of their choice. Training also includes developing presentation skills, building general health knowledge, and understanding basic community health facilitation techniques in order to lead confidential patient education sessions and outreach programs on campus. 

 

SWCs then encourage physical, mental, and emotional well-being within their communities by designing and facilitating different well-being programs. They dedicate themselves to providing education and community support with sensitivity to race, gender, sexual orientation, culture, religion, and individual capabilities. 

During their time in this program, Student Wellness Champions are asked to serve as campus wellness leaders in a variety of different ways. All SWCs must...

  • Serve as a leadership team member within respective residential community (if applicable)
  •  Attend bi-weekly Student Wellness Champions trainings throughout the fall and spring semesters
  • Educate students on topics including, but not limited to mental health, nutrition, physical activity, stress and time management, alcohol and drug prevention, sexual health, healthy relationships, sleep, violence prevention, bystander awareness and resiliency
  •  Collaborate with Assistant Director of Health Promotion to identify health-related issues on campus
  • Participate in health promotion weeks/events, including:
    • Health Jam
    • The Farmer's Market at SMU
    • Mental Health Awareness Week
    • Sexual Health Awareness Week
    • National Preparedness Month
  • Work with the Assistant Director of Health Promotion, RAs and RCDs to develop at least one residence life program and one community outreach event each semester
  • Serve as a liaison for the SMU Health Center by providing students with relevant department information including (but not limited to):
    • Flu shot information
    • Health risk information

We expect a lot from our Student Wellness Champions. This is a very selective program and in order to be offered a spot, student must meet the following qualifications: 

  • Minimum GPA of a 3.0 (verified through student records)
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student
  • Must exhibit a passion for health and wellness
  • Must demonstrate an authentic desire to create an inclusive community
  • Must be available for SWC training beginning August 2018
  • Must be available for regular trainings and meetings throughout the academic year

We want all Student Wellness Champions to benefit from their time in this program. During this program students will have access to:

  • University credit for Core Proficiencies including (but not limited to)
    • Oral Communication
    • Community Engagement
  • Significant leadership experience
  • Presentation experiences
  • Specialized training and certification opportunities
  • Early Move-In

Applications for this program are typically open from February to March every year. Students who apply will be accepted into the program for the following year.

Check back here during the Spring for links to the application or email our office at healthed@smu.edu for more information!