Each Peer Education Workshop offers an interactive format. Peer educators will provide related literature and if appropriate, safer sex kits. Workshops can be tailored to fit the individual needs of residence halls, student organizations, classrooms and Greek-letter organizations.

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Sexual Health Advocate Workshops

Exploring the Options
Contraceptive options and avoiding an unintentional pregnancy may be overwhelming for students. This workshop explores the various barrier and hormonal contraceptive options available to students, how they work, effectiveness, and where to access them. Discussion will also cover safer sex and communication skills.

ABCs of STIs
This workshop is designed to assist students in assessing their risk in relationship to STIs as well as explaining the various STIs, how they are transmitted, prevention and testing. Discussion also includes communication skills and common myths about STIs, including HIV.

Relationships 101
All relationships take work. Any relationship involving sex takes even more work to ensure that both partners are on the same page. Relationships 101 involves communication skill-building, determining expectations and boundaries, and learning about individual communication styles.

Beauty & the Booty
This workshop addresses body image and its relationship to sexuality. Topics explored include standards of beauty and attractiveness, perceptions, and understanding how society creates unrealistic expectations of both men and women. Workshops involve discussion about individual perceptions of attractivness, cultural standards, and how each impacts how people look at one another in relationship to sexuality.

The Party – Breaking It Down
Alcohol and other drugs can impact any part of a student’s life – including sexuality and sexual health. This workshop addresses the various ways that alcohol and other drugs can impact sexual decision making and also consequences. Includes discussion about responsible drinking and safer sex practices.

Alcohol & Drug Peer Educator Workshops

Alcohol 101
In this interactive and fun workshop, learn the facts and debunk the myths about alcohol, is effects on your body, responsible drinking and how to help a friend in trouble.  The workshop focuses on facts incorporating alcohol into a beneficial conversation for students. Facts include myths, potential dangers, what is a serving of alcohol, all within a true and false format.

The Party – Breaking It Down
Alcohol and other drugs can impact any part of a student’s life – including sexuality and sexual health. This workshop addresses the various ways that alcohol and other drugs can impact sexual decision making and also consequences. Includes discussion about responsible drinking and safer sex practices.

BeLEAF Me: A Marijuana Mystery
BeLEAF Me challenges what students know about the side effects of marijuana use including short and long term effects.

Generation Rx
Prescription drugs are often misused and abused by college students. Find out how, why and the potential consequences of misuse and abuse in this interactive workshop. Participants will also learn strategies for prevention and valuable on-campus resources.

Hall Message Boards
Resident assistants with Freshmen residences now have the opportunity to request a passive messaging board for their hall! Here at HOPE, we are able to create and design a bulletin board for you addressing the importance of alcohol and drug safety. Please leave any special requests that you may have and times that you are available on your request!

Mental Health

Got Stress?
It seems as if everyone is dealing with some form of stress. Learn the most common sources of stress for college students and tools for effectively dealing with stress. Workshop includes mindful meditation skills and resources available on campus.

Testing 1-2-3: Test Anxiety
It is easy to feel overwhelmed and anxious when preparing for tests and exams. This workshop will provide the skills you need to effectively manage your test anxiety.

Tick-Tock: Time Management
There are just not enough hours in a day! Or maybe there is enough time – it’s how we manage our time that needs to change? Fill in a time-pie, identify “time suckers” and learn skills to effectively manage your time. Campus resources will be discussed.

Sick & Crazy: Myths & Stigma about Mental Health
Myths, stigma and stereotypes abound when it comes to mental health and mental illness. This workshop will explore where we learn these myths, facts about mental illness, and ways we can all break confront the stigma surrounding mental illness. Campus resources will be discussed.

Nutrition Workshops

Eat Right, Get Fit
Participants will learn the basics about eating healthy and how nutrition can impact health.

Cooking: The Basics
Everyone can learn cooking basics! In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to prepare simple, healthy meals from grocery shopping through preparation.

SHADES Theater

SHADES Theater offers performances on a wide variety of issues. Performances include 4-5 short scenes followed by a facilitated discussion with the audience while the actors remain in character. Performances can be structured around one specific theme such as sexuality and sexual health or around a variety of themes including but not limited to:

  • sexual health & sexuality
  • alcohol, tobacco & other drug use
  • mental health
  • body image
  • racism
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual, & queer issues
  • gender
  • relationships
  • and more!

When requesting a performance, indicate the issue(s) to be addressed. If the performance is being organized to address an incident in a residence hall, student organization, or Greek-letter organization, please indicate this as well.

Required Alcohol Education Workshop

The Required Alcohol Education Workshop is a 1 hour interactive workshop ONLY open to those who have been referred to H.O.P.E from either Residence Life or the Office of Student Conduct. The workshop will address the various ways that alcohol can impact an individual physically and academically and its effects on behavior and decision making.

If you have been referred to H.O.P.E for this program, please contact Tanisha Riley, Health Education Specialist at tanisha.riley@rutgers.edu for a list of program dates.