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The Office of Health Promotion and Education (HPE) programming provides students with the information they need to make informed and responsible decisions concerning their health. Popular programs include the Student Health Resource Fair, DeStress Daze, and SEXPO.

Administrator-Led and Peer-Led Workshops

The Health Promotion and Education Director, Health Educator and Wellness Peer Educators provide workshops and lead small discussion groups for house teams, fellow groups, athletic teams, any student organization, or group of students who would like more information or support. Topics address all areas of wellness; some examples are:

  • Bystander intervention around substance use
  • How to help a friend… (resource sharing) 
  • How to fuel your mind with nutrition
  • Building resiliency/Coping strategies
  • Stress Management
  • Increasing sports performance
  • Meditation/Mindfulness
  • Sexual Health
  • Alcohol and other drugs
  • QPR—Suicide prevention education 

Wellness Peer Educators (WPEs) are dedicated to increasing awareness in areas of health and wellness; encouraging safer behaviors and choices; encouraging positive healthy lifestyles, and promoting healthy minds and bodies. Wellness Peer Educators are also dedicated to raising awareness and providing education on alcohol and other drugs, sexual health, mental health, and body image & nutrition in an effort to promote a healthier environment for the Vassar community. WPEs provide programs, workshops, tabling events, and weekly office hours.

All Wellness Peer Educators are certified peer educators and have additional training in the following areas:

  • Alcohol and Other Drugs Education
  • Tobacco Use
  • Sexual Health (safer sex, birth control, STIs)
  • Mental Health (self-care, stress management, mental illness)
  • Nutrition and Exercise
  • Body Image
  • Meditation
  • Positive Psychology
  • Sexual Assault Prevention and Education, Bystander Intervention
  • Healthy Communication Skills 

Workshops can also be tailored to fit the needs of your group or organization. To request a workshop please e-mail HPE’s Program Coordinator at or