Cowley student receives national certification as a Peer Educator
Tara Glaser, a sophomore honor student from Rose Hill, is the first Cowley College student ever to receive national Certification as a Peer Educator.
Glaser is the co-president of the Cowley PAWS organization (Peers Advocating Wellness for Students) and a student ambassador. She also serves as a resident assistant in the Kimmel Honor Dorm.
“Tara epitomizes everything that is good and right about college students, I am very proud of her,” said Cowley College vice president of student affairs, Sue Saia.
The Peer Educator certification is granted by Bacchus Network. The BACCHUS Network™ is a university and community based network focusing on comprehensive health and safety initiatives. It is the mission of this organization to actively promote student and young adult based, campus and community-wide leadership on healthy and safe lifestyle decisions concerning alcohol abuse, tobacco use, illegal drug use, unhealthy sexual practices and other high-risk behaviors.
To obtain certification, students must complete comprehensive, 12-hour foundation training, which has the following modules: understand the basics of prevention regardless of a particular health specialty; become a caring helper to others; provide awareness on health and safety risks; make referrals of students at risk to professionals; conduct educational programs and events; increase their leadership abilities; increase awareness of personal wellness; teach team building.
The PAWS organization at Cowley College sponsors the training for certification and will be conducting sessions during the spring semester.