Programs, Education & Training
In addition to providing free and confidential services for students, Health Education Services hosts year-long programs related to health promotion, education, and prevention. These initiatives include the Stall Seat Journal and Social Norms Campaign, Hoya Health Hut, #BreakTheStigma, Hoya RealTalk, HoyUs community education, and the wellness groups GLOW and BLAST. Health Education Services also advises the Sexual Assault Peer Educators (SAPE) and Active Minds at Georgetown University. In addition, HES collaborates with and provides training for campus partners, including the Office of Residential Living, Georgetown Athletics, faculty, and GUSA.
Social Norms Campaign & Stall Seat Journal
GU’s Social Norms campaign aims to dispel misperceptions about campus drinking, encourage protective behaviors, and empower students to make healthy decisions around alcohol. Georgetown’s Spring 2017 National College Health Assessment (n=908) and U Celebrate! Spring 2017 Survey (n=812) shows that GU students overestimate their peers’ alcohol consumption and underestimate the prevalence of risk-reduction behaviors. The HES Social Norms campaign uses this data and evidence-based social marketing strategies to promote an accurate, healthy narrative around drinking at Georgetown.
The Stall Seat Journal (SSJ), part of the Social Norms campaign, is a poster series produced by Health Education Services to educate students about health and wellness. This colorful publication, posted in 25+ residence halls, departments, and student spaces, offers norming messages and health promotion tips around alcohol risk-reduction, sleep, stress, mindfulness, emotional intelligence, consent, and more.
The Social Norms campaign also incorporates additional communication materials, including 4″x6″ table tents placed in campus spaces, free waterbottles with norming messages, and bulletin boards in partnership with the Office of Residential Living. Questions? Contact GUHealthEd@georgetown.edu.
Hoya Health Hut
The Hoya Health Hut is a mobile kiosk run by Georgetown students that provides a fun, engaging, and open environment for students to learn about well-being. Through activites, games, and giveaways, this outreach program supplements existing HES initiatives, offers tips on how to thrive at Georgetown, and contributes to Georgetown’s tradition of cura personalis (care for the whole person). Topics of previous Health Hut events include self-care, stress reduction, sleep, flu prevention, alcohol, nutrition, body image, sexual assault awareness, and more. For more information on Health Hut programming, like @GUHealthEd on Facebook and Instagram or contact email@example.com.
Sponsored by Health Education Services and campus partners, #BreakTheStigma aims to increase awareness and promote recovery relative to eating disorders and body image, mental health concerns, alcohol/drug abuse, and sexual and interpersonal violence. The program strives to empower those touched by these issues through a celebration of resilience and welcomes survivors, friends and family, and community members interested in learning more. #BreakTheStigma is typically held each Feburary. For more information, contact Jennifer Wiggins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year during New Student Orientation, all incoming students view a health promotion theatre production created by Health Education Services, the Center for Student Engagement, and partners within the Department of Performing Arts. This play uses humor, interactive elements, and relatable themes to introduce content around alcohol consumption, consent, bystander intervention, mental health, and self-care. Georgetown staff, alumni, faculty, and students collaborate to produce, direct, and act in this annual production. For questions about Hoya RealTalk, contact Carol Day at email@example.com.
HoyUs is a four-tiered education model on sexual assault and interpersonal violence for all incoming undergraduates and student leaders. For first-year students, this includes summer online education, I Am Ready, Bringing in the Bystander trainings, and Are You Ready. More information about each tier can be found below. For questions, please contact Erin Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Think About It is a nationally recognized online educational tool on sexual assault and relationship violence. This module is required for all incoming undergraduate and graduate students and is administered during the summer, prior to the academic year.
I Am Ready is a mandatory New Student Orientation program that explores issues such as consent, bystander intervention, and how Georgetown works to be a survivor-centered community. After watching the Hoya RealTalk production, students break into small groups with their Orientation Advisors for a one-hour dialogue with an I Am Ready peer facilitator.
Bringing in the Bystander is a five-hour training provided to all incoming undergraduate students during the fall semester. All trainings are coordinated by professionals at Health Education Services, in partnership with other offices on campus. In addition, student leaders receive a supplemental Georgetown-owned bystander intervention training during the academic year.
Are You Ready is an annual program that addresses the role of communities in working to end sexual assault. During the program, participants hear a survivor share their story and break into small groups for a discussion with a trained peer facilitator.
Sexual Assault Peer Educators (SAPE)
Advised by Jennifer Wiggins, SAPE is a student group that aims to create a survivor-centric campus at Georgetown. SAPE students facilitate interactive discussions that promote healthy relationships, define consent, dispel myths relative to interpersonal violence, provide bystander intervention strategies, highlight available resources, and explore how Georgetown can work toward ending interpersonal violence. For more information, please contact georgetownSAPE@georgetown.edu.
GLOW and BLAST
GLOW (Generating Lifeskills for Our Wellness) and BLAST (Building Lives Around Sound Truth) are meant to engage students of color around topics relative to health and wellness. GLOW is a space for those that identify as women of color, and BLAST is a space for those that identify as men of color. Over dinner, students engage in a curriculum developed by staff leaders in collaboration with student leaders. Topics that are covered are healthy communication, coping tools for positive mental health, education on accessing health resources on campus, healthy relationships, and more. Groups are open and students may join at any time. For more information, please contact Jennifer Wiggins at email@example.com.