STUDENT HEALTH center

The PEARLs members wearing club shirts.

Purpose

The purpose of our peer educator program, Peer Educators Advocating for Responsible Lifestyles (PEARLS), is to bring together a diverse group of students who have a passion for health and wellness. Through a combination of specialized training and leadership development, the program will create and nurture peer leaders desiring to make a difference at Meredith College. 

Mission

Aligned with the mission of the Student Health Center, the mission of PEARLS is to enhance student success by promoting a holistic approach to health and wellness. Through leadership, education and awareness, peer educators provide quality, innovative and inclusive workshops, services, programs and events to meet the health needs of their peers. 

Requirements

  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • A minimum of 10 hours of service per semester


Benefits

  • Make a difference in the health and wellbeing of the campus community through purposeful educational and advocacy efforts
  • Become a Nationally Certified Peer Educator through NASPA BACCHUS Initiatives
  • Access to funding to host programs and events
  • Opportunities to attend local and national conferences
  • Engage in specialty trainings
    • 8 Dimensions of Wellbeing
    • Self-Image: The Body Project, Southern Smash, etc
    • Stress Management
    • Healthy Relationships
    • Resilience & Self-compassion
    • Alcohol and Substance Abuse 
  • Increase leadership and professional development
    • Leading engaging presentations
    • Public speaking skills
    • Resume development
    • Program planning and development
    • Health promotion, education, and advocacy

If you are interested in learning more about PEARLS, Meredith College’s Peer Educator program, please contact the program advisor, Dr. Mary Johnson at mbjohnson@meredith.edu.