Student Involvement

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Do you want to get involved with the Center for Student Wellness? There are a number of ways to engage, including internships, volunteering, and becoming an ACES peer health education scholar.

INTERNSHIPS


Please contact the Center for Student Wellness to learn about our internship program and current openings.

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John York

Mental Health Intern

John York

Mental Health Intern
Major: Math
Where are you from? Salt Lake City, UT

ACES PEER HEALTH EDUCATION


Mission Statement

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

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

Scholarship

Each ACES member receives a scholarship for the academic school year. Scholarships are payments are divided between the fall and spring semesters.

Program Funding 

The ACES Peer Health Education Scholars program is supported by the University of Utah Parent Fund.

 

MEET OUR ACES


Cooper
Gale

Harm Reduction

Cooper
Gale

Harm Reduction
Major: Kinesiology
Where are you from? Denver, CO
Fun fact: I personally know 2 Olympic athletes.
How would you define wellness? The pursuit of holistic enrichment toward one's entire being.

Johnny Rivera

Harm Reduction

Johnny Rivera

Harm Reduction
Major: Kinesiology
Where are you from? Salt Lake City, UT
Fun fact: When I was in high school I took a pilot CTE (careers and technical education) class and almost became Firefighter.
How would you define wellness? I believe our own wellness is multifaceted & complex in nature. So, if you are mindful of your Physical-self, Spiritual-self, Social-self, Mental-self, Occupational, Environmental, and Financial states of our own wellbeing. Implementing self-care to each area(s) can change it in a positive way to pursuit your kind of happiness.

Cathleen Zhang

Harm Reduction

Cathleen Zhang

Harm Reduction
Major: Economics, Sociology
Where are you from? Naperville, IL
Favorite Study Spot? MHC Library
Favorite Hobby? Napping, Reading
How would you define wellness? I think wellness begins with a positive mental state, which influences every single aspect of health.

Eleanor
Asma

Harm Reduction

Eleanor
Asma

Harm Reduction
Pronouns: She, her, hers
Major: Social Work
Where are you from? Lake Bluff, IL
Fun fact:I am a certified wilderness first responder!  
How would you define wellness?Wellness is actively pursuing a healthy lifestyle by making decisions every day that better one's mental, emotional, and physical well being.

Athena (Fig)
Schwartz

Harm Reduction

Athena (Fig)
Schwartz

Harm Reduction
Pronouns:They, them, theirs
Major: Health and Kinesiology with an emphasis in Community Health Education
Where are you from? Salt Lake City, UT
Fun fact: 2/3 of my spines are made of titanium
How would you define wellness? I define wellness as looking at the whole you (body, mind, spirit, social, etc) and working to be the best you. For me a lot of this is recognizing my wellness may not look like everyone else's and that's ok! Some aspects of wellness come easier to me than other aspects. I may need more time on something that someone else. Wellness is unique to you, and can sometimes be challenging!

Daniela
Zamora

Harm Reduction

Daniela
Zamora

Harm Reduction
Pronouns: She, her, hers
Major: Social Work with a minor is Psychology
Where are you from? Salt Lake City, Utah born and raised but my parents are from Mexico.
Fun fact: I have a huge passion with working with teens and kids that have mental illnesses. I empathize a lot with them and hope to find ways I can better support this population in the future with my degree.
How would you define wellness? Wellness for me is taking care of one’s body, both physically and emotionally. Taking care of it can look like exercising, taking a break from school, doing things you like, saying no when you have to much your plate, etc. Anything to keep the stress from being to stressful that it starts affecting your wellness.

Cloe
Butler

Sexual Wellness

Cloe
Butler

Sexual Wellness
Major: Health, Society, & Policy; Gender Studies
Where are you from? Portland, OR
Fun fact:I have been to Tanzania but never been east of Utah in the United States!
How would you define wellness? To me, wellness is multidimensional, and so much more than being physically healthy. Although it definitely includes this, wellness also encompasses being healthy mentally and in relationships. Advocating for needs and wants is another part of wellness that is often overlooked.

Elnaz Tahmassebi

Sexual Wellness

Elnaz Tahmassebi

Sexual Wellness
Major: International Studies
Where are you from? Salt Lake City, UT
Fun fact: I love to travel and read and am planning on doing a study abroad next year.
How would you define wellness?  I define wellness as taking care of your mental, emotional, and physical needs, even when it's hard. Wellness is using whatever resources that are available to you in order to achieve that.

Lexy
Nestel

Sexual Wellness

Lexy
Nestel

Sexual Wellness
Major: Health Promotion and Education, Minor: Nutrition
Where are you from? Ogden, UT
Favorite Study Spot? Marriott Honors Community
Favorite Hobby? Exercising (running, biking, swimming, hiking, skiing...playing Just Dance)
How would you define wellness? When you are doing things you love that make you feel energized, happy, confident, and healthy.

Connor Simper

Sexual Wellness

Connor Simper

Sexual Wellness
Pronouns: He, him, his
Major: Health, Society, and Policy
Where are you from? Salt Lake City, UT
Fun fact: You will often find me running up City Creek or biking down Emigration Canyon. I am passionate about public health outreach. I work as a part-time Harm Reduction Specialist at One Voice Recovery, the largest syringe exchange in the state. As a volunteer, I am a counselor at Utah Aids Foundation and screener at the 4th Street Clinic.
How would you define wellness? Wellness for me is having healthy relationships with individuals and connecting with my greater community.

Will
Slattery

Sexual Wellness

Will
Slattery

Sexual Wellness
Pronouns: He, him, his
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Where are you from? Boise, ID
Fun fact: I have a 12-year old turtle named Tommy who roams the yard and eats the grass.
How would you define wellness? Wellness is staying actively focused on improving and maintaining your mental wellbeing, physical health, and positive relationships in your life.

Alexia
Arredondo

Sexual Wellness

Alexia
Arredondo

Sexual Wellness
Pronouns: She, her, hers
Major: Kinesiology with an Emphasis in Exercise Science; Minoring in Chemistry and Pediatric Clinical Research
Where are you from? West Valley City, Utah
Fun fact: In my free time I love to golf and rock climb!
How would you define wellness? I define wellness as an ever changing cycle of growth, prosperity and fulfillment. Wellness is the center that drives the choices we make in pursuit of healthiness, happiness, and acceptance within ourselves.

Tayler
Bseiso

Violence Prevention

Tayler
Bseiso

Violence Prevention
Pronouns:She, her, hers + They, them, theirs
Major: Microbiology
Where are you from? Salt Lake City, Utah
Fun Fact? I have two pet frogs named Lily and Paddy and a gecko named Betelgeuse; ask me about them!
How would you define wellness? I define wellness as a constant adjustment that we make or upkeep to allow us to live their best life. This is something only you can define for yourself and only you can upkeep.

Shalini
Kasera

Violence Prevention

Shalini
Kasera

Violence Prevention
Major: Biology, HBS
Where are you from? Millcreek, Utah
Fun fact: I love performing Indian classical dance.
How would you define wellness? Wellness is the ability to step back from the chaotic hustle of life and recognize and address the very human needs we all have. As it turns out, we are not machines.

Grace
Mason

Violence Prevention

Grace
Mason

Violence Prevention
Pronouns: They, them, theirs
Major: Health, Society, and Policy; Gender Studies
Where are you from? Park City, UT
Fun fact: I enjoy finding new trails and recreating old adventures throughout the Wasatch Front. I am a regular rollerdancer at Skate Nights and have been working on my rollerblading tricks during lockdown.
How would you define wellness? Wellness is a community endeavor in perseverance and mutual aid working towards collective liberation.

Ethan
Ramos

Violence Prevention

Ethan
Ramos

Violence Prevention
Pronouns: He,him,his
Where are you from? West Jordan, Utah
Fun Fact? I have a twin sister with a separate birthday than mine.
How would you define wellness? Taking time out of each day for yourself! Whether that be watching your favorite streamed show or buying something nice for you. TREAT YO SELF!

Farah
Hamouda

Violence Prevention

Farah
Hamouda

Violence Prevention
Major: Sociology with a Minor in Political Science
Fun fact: I can't go cross-eyed.
How would you define wellness? Wellness is prioritizing all aspects of your health through making healthy choices that work for you.

Leslie
Salamanca

Violence Prevention

Leslie
Salamanca

Violence Prevention
Pronouns: She, her, hers
Major: Health, Society and Policy and Sociology
Where are you from? Heber City, Utah
Fun fact: I studied abroad in the Netherlands last Summer and also got to visit Belgium and France!
How would you define wellness? Wellness to me is multifaceted and an ongoing process of change and growth. It is being empowered to make positive changes for your overall wellbeing and making choices that lead you to feel your best!

What does it take to become an ACES Scholar?


Are you passionate about the health and wellness of your peers? Join the ACES Scholars Program!

We accept applications each spring for the following academic year.

  • 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 accepted 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.
  • 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 ACES?

Our applications are closed for the 2020-2021 school year. Please check back next spring! Follow our two social media accounts: @uofuwellness and @uofuaces for news and updates. For further questions, email wellness@sa.utah.edu.