Health Promotion and Wellness

Student Wellness Champions

Program Overview

The Student Wellness Champion Program (SWC) is a diverse group of students trained to educate their residential commons and campus community about college lifestyle and wellness issues in a positive, interactive, fun, and nonjudgmental manner. In this program, students serve as liaisons for the Office for Community Health Promotion and the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center and act as health leaders on campus. 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.

Each Student Wellness Champion undergoes 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. 

 

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.

 

Overall, Student Wellness Champions encourage physical, mental, and spiritual health; create informative awareness events; and promote community support to create a healthy campus culture. They are dedicated to providing education and community support with sensitivity to race, gender, sexual orientation, culture, religion, and individual capabilities. 

Responsibilities

  • 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:

    • Reducing Irresponsible Drinking and Drugs Week

    • SAFE Week

    • Annual SMU Health Fair

    • 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

Specific 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

Benefits

  • 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

 

Looking to apply? Student Wellness Champion applications open in the Spring!