The Division of Student Affairs’ mission is to enhance the learning environment for students at the University of Georgia (UGA). This is accomplished by stimulating the learning process, integrating the in-class and out-of-class experiences, promoting an environment conducive to growth and discovery, and facilitating intellectual, spiritual, social, occupational, physical, cultural, and emotional development.
Providing learning experiences for UGA students is at the heart of both the mission and the vision statements for the Health Promotion Department. Following are registered student organizations that focus on health promotion and wellness issues.
SHAC: Student Health Advisory Committee
Advisors - Kristine Groft, Sr. Public Relations Coordinator, and Dr. Garth Russo, Interim Executive Director of the Health Center
The primary initiatives of the organization are to provide a student voice in health center operations, promote a positive and open channel of communication between the UHC staff and the student body, and to contribute additional awareness of student issues to the health center administration.
HDAs: Healthy Dawg Ambassadors
Advisor - Jamee Smith, Communications Specialist
These are a select group of students who are chosen to officially represent the University Health Center. Ambassadors serve in multiple capacities promoting UHC’s mission and vision to students, faculty/staff and other visitors.
P.A.D.E.—Fontaine Center Peers for Alcohol & Other Drug Education
Advisors - Kelly Truesdell, Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Coordinator
The group works together to improve the safety and success of UGA students by advising the alcohol awareness and educational endeavors put forth by the Fontaine Center.
RSVP Peer Educators
Advisor - Caron Hope, Assistant Director of Health Promotion and Relationship & Sexual Violence Prevention
RSVP Peer Educators are students who educate other students to make a difference on campus. Peer Educators are responsible, enthusiastic, dedicated student leaders that help provide workshops, facilitate discussions, and help with campus events.
Safer Sex Ambassadors
Advisor - Katy Janousek, Sexual Health Coordinator
The purpose of this volunteer student group is to provide peer education on sexual health issues while representing the University Health Center. The initial focus will be on sexually transmitted infection (STI) awareness.
BeYOU Body Positivity Peer Educators
Advisor - ShaRonda Cooper, Assistant Director of Health Promotion
BeYOU Peer Educators are trained to facilitate an interactive, peer-led class, which aims to help students feel better about their bodies. The program encourages students to verbally challenge the “thin ideal” that is prevalent in our society and the media through interactive role plays and written exercises.
PNEs: Peer Nutrition Educators
Advisor - Katherine Ingerson, Food Services Dietitian
Students in the Food and Nutrition major (or Health Promotion and Behavior majors who have taken nutrition courses) can apply to be Peer Nutrition Educators (PNEs). They must first take the PNE class and are then eligible to become PNEs.
For inquiries about Health Promotion opportunities contact Liz Prince, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in student employment within the Communications Department, please contact Kristine Groft, email@example.com.
For assistance with administrative-type duties, the Health Promotion Department offers two federal work-study positions in the Fall and Spring semesters. If you are eligible for the work-study program and would like to apply for a position, please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid Federal Work-Study website.
Thank you for your interest in getting involved with the Health Promotion Department!