Meet the Peers

The Barnes Center at The Arch student health and wellness team is committed to helping create an unsurpassed experience through holistic health. Student staff assist in wellness journeys that encompass the mind, body, spirit and community.

There are three Peer Education teams that specialize in different wellness topics. These include substance use, sexuality and relationships, and mental health. Be Wise, Peer Educators Encouraging Healthy Relationship and Sexuality (PEEHRS), and Students Advocating Mental Health Empowerment (SAMHE) work to combat stigma and advance an array of student health education initiatives on campus.

Find out more information about the peer educators and their interests below!

Peer Educator Missy Roney in a long-sleeved blue shirtMissy Roney ’20

Major(s): Biology, Forensic Science

Peer Educator Group: BeWise

What do you love most about the Barnes Center at The Arch and/or being a Peer Educator?

I love how the Barnes Center is a hub for all types of health! It is so convenient to walk into a building right off the quad and have it all in one place. I love being able to utilize resources like the Walters Pet Therapy Room, SoulTalk, and the Drop-In Fitness classes! I love working as a Peer Educator because we have such a passionate team of students working to make this a healthier and safer campus for all students!

What do you wish other students knew and what information would you like to share with campus?

There are so many free resources on campus that you should take advantage of! Don’t wait until it’s too late to take advantage of resources like free counseling, financial literacy workshops, academic tutoring, and so many other free resources available to students. Make the most of your four years!

What’s a fun fact about yourself?

A fun fact about me is that for 6 years straight it snowed on my birthday! (For reference, I’m from a part of North Carolina where it very rarely snows).

Peer Educator Bhoomi Thakkar  in a long-sleeved green t shirt

Bhoomi Thakkar G’21

Major(s): Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.S.

Peer Educator: SAMHE

What do you love most about the Barnes Center at The Arch and/or being a Peer Educator?

The Barnes Center at The Arch is an all-inclusive hub which I absolutely love. My favorite spots are Otto’s Juice Box and the Walters Pet Therapy room. Being a peer educator allows me to interact with a team of 50+ peer educators and with them as a team, we talk about important topics such as mental health, healthy relationships and sexuality, alcohol use and poisoning, etc with SU students. I love being a part of the Office Health Promotion and its an amazing place to work at. It feels great to make a difference at a student level.

What do you wish other students knew and what information would you like to share with campus?

For starters, I wish students knew about ALL the facilities we have for them. Another important thing I would like them to know is that, as peer educators, we can help students get the right resources and that they can approach us without hesitating.

What’s a fun fact about yourself?

My name translates to “Earth”.

Peer Educator Alicia Mason in a long sleeved red t-shirtAlicia Mason ’22

Major(s): Public Health, Psychology, Neuroscience

Peer Educator: PEEHRS

What do you love most about the Barnes Center at The Arch and/or being a Peer Educator?

The one thing I love the most about being a peer educator is making others feel comfortable in their own skin. And I don’t only mean physically — being mentally comfortable and cognizant of your own identity and where you fall into society takes courage. It just happens that sexuality and relationships are those type of topics where everyone encounters both positive and negative experiences, but most never truly talk about them enough.

What do you wish other students knew and what information would you like to share with campus?

I wish other students on campus knew that they aren’t alone in many of the common life struggles. I’d like to share that peer educators are not only here to educate and talk your ear off, but to listen and deeply understand you, even if you just want to vent.

What’s a fun fact about yourself?

I’m from Harlem, in Manhattan, NYC.