The purpose of the AODA Peer Educator Program is to promote healthy choices in the lives of students in the Residence Halls. The program is designed to raise awareness and promote understanding regarding substance use in our community. The program is an integral component of educational programming efforts of University Housing and Residence Life.
AODA Peer Educators are part-time (up to 10 hours per month) student staff members of Residence Life. AODA Peer Educators report to the Associate Director of Residence Life and their primary responsibilities are in the areas of program presentation and facilitating for residence hall staff and students.
- Facilitate educational programs in the areas of substance use in regards to alcohol and drugs. A minimum of one per month.
- Discuss the needs of the residents with the Resident Assistant prior to the program.
- Actively participate in monthly staff meetings and training sessions.
- Serve on AODA and Residence Life committees.
- Act as a positive role model to the residence hall students and staff on substance use issues.
- Assume additional responsibilities designated by the Advisor and Associate Director of Residence Life in accordance with this position description.
- If there is difficulty in meeting any of these expectations---need to contact the Advisor.
- Must have attained and maintain a minimum 2.25 cumulative grade point average.
- Must be enrolled as a student at University of Wisconsin -Whitewater
- Must demonstrate an understanding and acceptance of his/her personal background and attitudes towards substance use.
- Must be able to make a commitment for the full academic year.
- Must attend all training programs related to this position.
- Must follow all federal, state, and municipal laws regarding alcohol and other drugs.
Remuneration, Benefits, and Outcomes
- $20 for solo presentations and $10.00 for team presentations
- Benefits include the opportunity for a personal growth experience that will last a lifetime!
- Create an environment for enlightened discussion, dialogue, and sometimes debate, among students and peers.
- Provide correct and current information which allows students to think about issues that relate to substance use.
- Gather information and develop leadership skills, including group dynamics, assessing needs, facilitation, social issues, substance use, public speaking, and other transferable skills.