Peer Health Education

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Through events, workshops, marketing campaigns and more, Capital Peers serve as educators and role models for GW students on all things health and wellbeing. 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. If you have any questions about the Capital Peers program, please email [email protected].

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Get Involved - Apply to Be a Peer!

Applications for the Capital Peers program are available during the fall semester. Selected applicants must participate in the Certified Peer Educator training program developed by NASPA's BACCHUS Network in January. 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.



Skill Development

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
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Networking with student organizations and university departments
  • Working with a diverse student body


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Eligibility Criteria

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.

All candidates must be in good academic standing with the university:

  • Not on academic probation
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Be in good conduct standing with the university