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ACES Peer Health Education


Mission Statement

Empowering students to commit to their health and wellness through peer education 

Who We Are

Violence Prevention

Nene Maruta

Marissa Castillo

Sexual Wellness

Linda Derhak

Lexy Nestel

Harm Reduction

Kirsten Gorski

Cathleen Zhang

What We Do

ACES peer health educators are essential in disseminating health & wellness information to the U of U campus community. We specialize in an area of wellness (i.e., sexual wellness, harm reduction, or violence prevention) and develop, implement, and evaluate programming for peers. We collaborate in small and larger teams to create meaningful ways for our peers to think about their health and wellness. Some of these ways include:

  • Facilitating wellness workshops & trainings
  • Tabling to increase outreach
  • Staffing mobile health clinics
  • Providing peer-to-peer wellness counseling

Interested in Joining the ACES Team? 

Read on for more info.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Model healthy behaviors for campus community;

  • Complete all required trainings;

  • Proactively develop, implement, and evaluate wellness programs as they pertain to specialized area;

  • Check-in weekly with CSW staff and other PHE team members;

  • Commit 60 hours over spring semester (an average of 4 hours a week);

  • Assist CSW at events and outreach efforts (e.g., mobile health clinics, tabling, social media);

  • Actively refer students to the CSW and other wellness-related resources on campus; and

  • Support students in leading more balanced lives by sharing wellness knowledge, intervening in potentially harmful situations, and referring to resources.


  • Your intended graduation date must be at least 1 academic year after starting as a PHE (i.e., if you are acccepted and begin in Fall 2019, you must not intend to graduate before Spring 2020);
  • You must be able and willing to commit to 60 hours of meetings, office hours, events, workshops, or programs during your year of service;
  • You must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.5; and
  • You must be enrolled as a full-time student.

 Additionally, the CSW looks for students that are:

  • Passionate about the wellness of their peers and the larger campus community;
  • Dedicated to social justice and equitable wellness opportunities;
  • Experienced in service and/or leadership roles (at the U or elsewhere);
  • Interested in developing leadership, facilitation, and educational skills in a peer-to-peer setting;
  • Strong written and verbal communicators;
  • Interested in program development and evaluation; and
  • Dependable, responsible, and accountable.

Interested in Applying?

Our applications have closed for the 2019-2020 academic year! Please check back next spring. Thank you for your interest!

Last Updated: 3/28/19