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Interested in volunteering with Campus Health & Wellbeing?

Read below on how you can get involved with our department! Any question feel free to email wellbeing@calpoly.edu

PULSE

PULSE, under the Campus Health & Wellbeing department within Student Affairs, promotes healthy behaviors and wellness among all members of the Cal Poly community. Peer Health Educators and Coaches are volunteers (unpaid) that receive training to become nationally certified Peer Educators. They are involved in a five-quarter track program beginning in Spring 2021, followed by four quarters of hands-on health education and health promotion experience. PULSE programs consist of topic-specific workshops, presentations, coaching sessions, and tabling outreach and education to the Cal Poly campus.

Get Involved With PULSE

The topics include:  

  • Physical Health (nutrition Education, Physical Activity, & Body Positivity)  

  • Sexual Health (STI Education and Prevention, Safe Sex-practices, & Healthy Relationships)  

  • Alcohol, Cannabis, and Other Drugs (Education & Prevention)  

  • Mental Wellbeing (Stress, Sleep, & Stigma)   

  • Recovery (Alcohol and Other Drugs Recovery and Support) 

  • Wellness Promotion (Immunizations, Safety, & On-Campus Outreach)

  • Campus Health & Wellbeing Resources 

PEER WELLNESS PROGRAM EXPECTATIONS  

  • EXPECTATIONS BY ROLE

    EDUCATOR

    • Participate in mandatory, educational training during Spring 2020 and Fall 2020. 

      Commitment to training as a Peer Wellness Educator for the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters of the academic year 2020-2021. 
    • A commitment of a minimum of 60 hours for each quarter, which equates to 6 hours per week and a total of 180 hours for the year. 

    • Learn topic-specific and general health education and promotion techniques and strategies.  

    • Develop, implement, and evaluate health education presentations and workshops for housing, academic classes, and on and off-campus organizations. 

    • Develop, implement, and evaluate interactive and engaging outreach events for the entire campus community.  

    • Develop, implement, and evaluate health promotion marketing audio-visual materials, posters, handouts, brochures, and informational sheets as needed, as well as leverage technology to promote healthy behaviors and disseminate information. 

    COACH

    • Participate in mandatory, educational training during Spring 2020 and Fall 2020. 

    • Commitment to training as a Peer Wellness Educator for the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters of the academic year 2020-2021. 

    • A commitment of a minimum of 50-70 hours for each quarter, which equates to 5-7 hours per week and a total of 150-210 hours for the year. 

    • Develop, implement, and evaluate health education workshops & dialogues for housing, academic classes, and on and off-campus organizations. 

    • Provide general and topic-specific 1:1 consultations for student walk-ins and referrals. 

    • Learn topic-specific and general health education and promotion information. 

    • Learn and maintain appropriate boundaries, basic peer coaching skills, maintaining privacy in a peer coaching relationship 

    TIME COMMITMENTS BY ROLE

    EDUCATOR

    • Spring Quarter 2021: 

      • Certified Peer Educator training on April 17-18th all day (8am-5pm) 

      • A weekly commitment to PULSE Training from 4/2 - 6/4 on Fridays from 2-4 pm

      • 2 hours of weekly shadowing (dependent on schedule) 

    • Summer 2021

      • Virtual Training in August - Dates TBD
      • Attend weekly planning meetings
      • A commitment of 40 hours for the month of August
    • Fall 2021, Winter 2022, and Spring Quarter 2022: 

      • Must have availability on Tuesdays from 11-12 pm 
      • A commitment of 5-7 hours weekly per quarter (dependent on schedule) 

    COACH

    • Spring Quarter 2021: 

      • Certified Peer Educator training on April 17-18th all day (8am-5pm) 

      • A weekly commitment to PULSE Training from 4/2 - 6/4 on TBD

      • 2 hours of weekly shadowing (dependent on schedule) 

    • Summer 2021

      • Virtual Training in August - Dates TBD
      • Attend weekly planning meetings
      • A commitment of 40 hours for the month of August
    • Fall 2021, Winter 2022, and Spring Quarter 2022: 

      • Must have availability on Tuesdays from 11-12 pm 
      • A commitment of 5-7 hours weekly per quarter (dependent on schedule) 

    QUALIFICATIONS

    Students who are passionate about the well-being of their campus community will thrive as a Peer Educator or Coach. This hands-on experience will allow students to explore the various sectors of Public Health and Behavioral Health, as they will gain knowledge on current public and behavioral health trends, enhance their interpersonal and leadership skills, develop competencies for creating, implementing, and evaluating programs, and learn effective marketing strategies. 

    All undergraduate Cal Poly students are welcome to apply. Applicants must commit to and be available for all mandatory times listed above. Additional training and support may be required. A minimum GPA of 2.50 is required throughout your tenure with PULSE.  

  • Willingness to present and facilitate large and small groups.  

  • Dedicate a full calendar of service, which includes meetings, training, and other commitments assigned.  

  • Mustangs for Recovery leadership must have a minimum of 1-year sobriety. 

  • Serve as role models for holistic wellness on campus. 

  • Develop and maintain an inclusive and diverse lens. 

  • Willingness to explore and engage in discourse around multiple and interconnected health and wellness topics. 

  • Ability to learn and maintain professionalism in a fast-paced environment. 

  • The desire to develop new knowledge, skills, and abilities.

 

Safer

There are many ways to get involved in this movement, based on your emotional capacity, energy levels, privilege to leverage, etc. Everyone has a place in prevention

Get started with Safer

EASY FIRST STEPS ANYONE CAN TAKE

EVEN MORE COMMITTED? HERE ARE NEXT-LEVEL IDEAS...

  • Take Safer Leadership Training and volunteer with our program
  • Consult with Safer on projects - integrate violence prevention into a class presentation, essay, blog post/podcast, senior project, etc!
  • Facilitate your own dialogues with your peers, family, classmates, roommates, etc. about this topic area - dialogue toolkits coming soon!
  • Do your own research: read books, listen to podcasts, watch documentaries. (Link coming soon for media recommendations!)

BECOME A LEADER IN THE MOVEMENT!

  • Apply to work with Safer as an Intern or Student Assistant
  • Become a California state-certified confidential crisis advocate for survivors through RISE or Stand Strong's training programs
  • Explore routes to make gender- and power-based violence prevention your career through direct advocacy, policy changes, program directing  

Questions about getting involved or ideas to add to this list? Email our Prevention Specialist at jmacmart@calpoly.edu!

FOOD PANTRY

The Food Pantry was created out of a need identified by faculty and staff who were seeing an increased number of students going hungry and without the means to purchase basic food and supplies. Cal Poly community members can choose from a wide variety of packaged and canned foods, fresh produce, frozen meals, and personal hygiene products.

Interested in volunteering with the food pantry? Send an email to wellbeing@calpoly.edu

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  • Location

    Building 27 - Health Center

  • Phone

    24/7 Support
    Health: 805-756-1211
    Counseling: 805-756-2511
    Wellbeing: 805-756-6181
    Safer: 805-756-2282

  • Hours

    Mon-Fri: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM;
    Wed 9 AM - 4:30 PM

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