Wellness Ambassadors

The BACCHUS and GAMMA Peer Education Network is the oldest and largest collegiate peer education program focusing on student health and safety issues. It began in 1975 on one college campus in Florida due to the motivation, determination, and leadership of students. Today, with over 1000 collegiate affiliates in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, campuses have formed peer education groups which strive to help students make responsible decisions through the promotion of healthy lifestyles and positive campus activities. The BACCHUS and GAMMA philosophy is that “students can play a uniquely different role in encouraging their peers to consider, talk honestly about, and develop responsible habits concerning alcohol, sex, tobacco, and other related health and safety issues.” It is the mission of the Network to actively promote peer education as a useful element of campus health, safety, and wellness efforts.

The Wellness Ambassador Peer Education Team at UNC Charlotte is affiliated with the national BACCHUS Network.  Peer Educators will become Peer Education Certified through BACCHUS and will have the opportunity to attend and present at national and regional BACCHUS Conferences. Students involved in the Wellness Ambassador Peer Education Team must be passionate about health and wellness topics, and ready to start talking to their peers! Health topics addressed by peer educators include, but are not limited to alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, stress, mental health, nutrition, body image, sexual health, sexual assault, relationship violence, and healthy relationships.

Students Will:

  • Promote a non-judgmental, accepting attitude and environment
  • Complete the Peer Education Certification process through the BACCHUS NETWORK
  • Increase their knowledge about healthier lifestyle choices
  • Practice healthier lifestyle choices
  • Develop, plan, promote, implement, and evaluate programs and campaigns at UNCC
  • Present wellness programs to classrooms
  • Refer to the Wellness Ambassador document for a further description of Peer Education.

Application:

Students interested in becoming a Wellness Ambassador must complete and submit an online application (located on the Feed tab) and we will be in touch!    Deadline for new applicants for the Spring 2017 Semester is January 23, 2017!  We look forward to speaking with you about how you can help others at UNC Charlotte!   Please contact Leslie Robinson with any questions you have.  

 

Wellness Ambassador Executive Board

 

 

President: Capree' Van Eaton

 

Hello! I am Capree' Van Eaton, the President of Wellness Ambassadors. I am a sophomore Psychology major and Criminal Justice minor. I enjoy eating, talking, spending time with friends and meeting new people. I want to go into criminal psychology, eventually working with the FBI. On campus I am also a Niner Guide, a Resident Advisor, and a Senator of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Student Government Association. A quote that I like is "be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody".

 

Vice President: Breanna Fennell

 

Hi, my name is Breanna Fennell and I am the Vice President of Wellness Ambassadors. I am from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. I’m a sophomore majoring in accounting and I hope to double major in Criminal justice. A fun fact about me is that I am a pescatarian and my favorite foods are salad and French fries. I have always been interested in health and helping others which is why I became a member of Wellness Ambassadors. I hope to get more students involved so that we can all educate one another and live safer lives. Future goal is to become a Forensic accountant for the FBI.

 

 

Secretary: Jasmine Thomas

 

Hello, my name is Jasmine Thomas and I am the 2016-2017 secretary of Wellness Ambassadors. I am a senior, Elementary Education major with a minor in Psychology from Raleigh, North Carolina. I enjoy painting, spending time with my friends, and shopping :) Upon graduation, I plan to teach second grade out of state.  I will eventually go to back to graduate school to pursue a Masters degree in Education Administration to become a principal at the Elementary level. 

 

Treasure:  Aliyah Lopez

 

Hello, my name is Aliyah Lopez and I am the treasurer of Wellness Ambassadors. I am currently a sophomore majoring in Public Health with a minor in Women and Genders Studies. Upon graduation, I plan to attend graduate school and get my Masters in Public Health. With this, I hope to become a Healthcare Administrator for a hospital in the Charlotte area.

Brand Ambassador:  Stefanee Tillman

 

Stefanee Tillman is the Brand Ambassador of Wellness Ambassadors. She is an undergraduate Sophomore with a Psychology major and a minor in Spanish. As an aspiring Clinical Psychologist, it is in her best interest to help the community and spread health awareness to creating a more successful environment on campus. She serves as a mentor, peer educator, undergraduate assistant, and tour guide for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and enjoys being actively engage on campus. In her free time, she enjoys visiting family, traveling, and catching up with friends. Stefanee is extremely social and enjoys advising her fellow colleagues on ways to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. After completing the undergraduate program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Stefanee intends on interning abroad to spread her knowledge to children of underprivileged countries to give them a broader outlook on life.  

Publicity/Outreach Chair:  Sasha Gilliard

 

My name is Sasha Gilliard! I am a senior majoring in Child and Family Development. I love to hang out with friends, cook, go to the beach, and enjoy nature. My ultimate goal is to work with military families and provide support for their unique needs!

 

Fundraising Chair:  Thomasina Pearce

 

Hello, my name is Thomasina Peace and I am the 2017-2018 Fundraising Chair of Wellness Ambassadors. I am a sophomore and a Social Work and Spanish double major. I am from Raleigh, North Carolina. I enjoy shopping, eating, and modeling. Upon graduation, I plan to work as a social worker while pursuing my modeling career on the side, and traveling.  I will eventually go to back to graduate school to obtain my license to be a marriage counselor. 

Wellness Ambassadors Application

  • Fill out the online APPLICATION (located in the Feed Tab).  Deadline for new applicants Spring 2017 Semester is Monday, January 23rd!
  • Download your Volunteer Tracking Log to keep up with your volunteer hours.

FAQs:

  • Do I have to be a public health major to participate in Wellness Ambassadors?  No! Any and all students are welcome to apply! Regardless of major, the Wellness Ambassador team at UNC Charlotte provides an opportunity for passionate students to educate other students and community members on health and wellness topics.
  • Do I have to take the peer health education class (HLTH 3000) to participate in Wellness Ambassadors?  No! Although it is recommended that you take the class at some point during your time at UNCC, it is not required.
  • Do I have to be interested in all health topics to participate in Wellness Ambassadors?  No!  Students will have the opportunity to explore a number of health topics (including, but not limited to sexual health, sexual violence, healthy relationships, alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, stress, mental health, and body image). Students will also have the opportunity to focus their interests, involving themselves in and creating programs and campaigns that surround their interests.
  • What is the time requirement for the Wellness Ambassadors?  All Wellness Ambassador Peer Educators will be required to attend one monthly meeting (expected to last one hour) and obtain 10 hours each semester through volunteering at events and attending trainings. Students will be required to keep track of their hours and submit them at the end of each semester or after each hour obtained. Download your Volunteer Tracking Log to keep up with your volunteer hours.