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!

BeWise Peer Educator Alisamarie YiatrasAlisamarie Yiatras ’21

Major(s): Psychology

Minor(s): Addiction Studies

Peer Educator Group: BeWise

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

Being a peer educator with BeWise allows me to gain more knowledge about my interest area in addiction. Additionally, I love the overall atmosphere and ability to work with so many different groups at the Barnes Center.

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

I wish all students knew everything that the Barnes Center offers from Health Care to Counseling to education about different areas within the health field.

What’s a fun fact about yourself?

I’m on the Syracuse Women’s Gymnastics Team!

SAMHE Peer Educator Alam IslamAhlam Islam ’20

Major(s): Sociology, Citizenship and Civic Engagement

Peer Educator: SAMHE

 

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

I love that I am well-versed in all the resources available on campus. I have been sharing that knowledge with everyone I meet and everyone is always so shocked at how much the university has to offer. The training made me realize I was not making the most out of the resources that are available to me and I have been actively trying to rectify that. The community amongst Peer Educators and professional staff is wholesome and welcoming and I am glad to be a part of it.

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

I highly recommend taking advantage of Counseling resources, the Crowley Family MindSpa and Walter’s Pet Therapy Room. Take control of your mental health and well-being. Put yourself first and everything else will fall into place, including your academics and social life. Do not hesitate to come up to me on campus and ask me any questions!

What’s a fun fact about yourself?

I grew up speaking three languages. They are English, Arabic and Swahili.

PEEHRS Peer Educator Natalie LuiNatalie Lui ’22

Major(s): Fashion Design

Peer Educator: PEEHRS

 

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

I love voicing and spreading awareness on consent, healthy relationships and sexuality. I think college is a crucial time for character development, self-awareness and being a part of helping students feels awesome.

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

There’s so many resources at the Barnes Center such as the Safer Sex Express and the Nutritionists. There are so many resources students should utilize it!

What’s a fun fact about yourself?

I am obsessed with Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal!