BACCHUS Initiatives Staff
April 19, 2017
Peer-to-peer education is a powerful tool that can create systemic change on college and university campuses. The BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA provides support and resources to campus peer education advisors and students. This work is enhanced through a robust volunteer leadership team, comprising of both student affairs professionals and empowered student leaders.
The BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA is proud to announce the 2017-2018 Student Advisory Committee (SAC). Representing each of NASPA’s seven regions, the SAC serves as the voice of peer education on a national level. These students provide their perspective peer education topics, and contribute to the field by writing blogs, presenting peer education sessions at General Assembly, and aiding in the coordination of regional spring conferences.
In November, two SAC Directors were elected at the 2016 BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA General Assembly. As SAC directors-elect, two leaders have been preparing to lead a new cohort of SAC that were recently selected at the culmination of BACCHUS’s spring conferences. This year, the application-based selection process was exceptionally competitive, and the BACCHUS Initiatives Staff is excited to work with them this coming year.
SAC Director: Meghan Stough, University of Alabama
Meghan Stough is a rising senior at the University of Alabama, majoring in Human Performance Exercise Science with a concentration in nutrition. She is a member of the Tri-Delta Sorority, where she is a member of her institution’s Peer Education Group, Project Health, and GAMMA. Meghan served last year as SAC for Region III, and brings a level of passion and expertise of working with fraternity and sorority life and educating her peers to make healthier choices.
SAC Director: Alicia “Leash” Cannon, Villanova University
Alicia “Leash” Cannon is a rising junior at Villanova University. She is a peer educator with POWER (Peers Offering Wellness and Educational Resources). During her time as a peer educator, she has participated in a number of peer education initiatives on campus -- including planning National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and completing Bystander Intervention Training. We look forward to working with Leash as she helps to lead the SAC!
Region I: Kerri O’ Rourke, Springfield College
Kerri is an active member of PAWS (Peer Administered Wellness) at Springfield College, and is pursuing a degree in health promotion. In her time as a peer educator at Springfield College, Kerri has been involved in the College Alcohol and Drug Task Force, the Sexual Assault Education and Prevention Student Group, as well as a participant in a Leadership Summit.
Region II: Yilang Lu, University at Buffalo
Yilang “Yi” joins the Region II team from the University at Buffalo. Yi is pursuing a degree in Health and Human Services and is a leader in the Sexual Violence Prevention Unit at University at Buffalo. Yi is an active member of the Men’s Group on campus, and is passionate about improving and increasing communication amongst peer educators across the region.
Region III: Sarah Kook, College of William and Mary
A Health Outreach Peer Educator (HOPE) at William and Mary, Sarah is a rising senior pursuing a neuroscience major and a public health minor. In addition to her commitment to peer education on campus, Sarah advocates for mental health issues and increased awareness of minority health through her involvement in public health research and various service and mentoring organizations. Sarah is passionate about promoting student well-being across the region as well as increasing diversity in health education.
Region IV-W: Alyssa McCarthy, Missouri University of Science and Technology
A business major at Missouri S & T, Alyssa has represented student voice on several committee on campus, including STEPUP! And the Title IX Strategic Curriculum Committee. Alyssa is a member of Joe’s Peers, as well as an active Peer Wellness Educator. Alyssa served as the Region IV-West SAC last year, and brings a level of passion for student wellness to the position.
Region IV-E: Holly Ann Weller, Bowling Green State University
Holly joins the IV-East team from Bowling Green State University, where she is expected to receive a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Holy is the Vice President of the Student Wellness Network on campus and has been active in peer education throughout her college career.
Region V: Joseph Paulsonmorgan, University of Montana Western
Joseph “Joey” is studying Elementary Education at the University of Montana Western. Joey has been an integral member of the Tobacco Free Task Force on campus, as well as PATH (Peers Advocating Towards Health), the peer education group on campus. Joey joins the Region V team with passion for leadership, communication, and activism.
Region VI: Victoria Fleming, California State University – San Bernardino
Victoria is the Lead Peer Health Educator at California State University, San Bernardino. Victoria joins the Region IV team with a commitment to education and self-care. Victoria has served as a Social Chairman on the Village Council and has advised students through the career center on campus.
All of us with the BACCHUS Initiatives are excited to work with all nine students this year! And, if you or your students are interested in taking on a national leadership role with the SAC, consider running for SAC Director during the 2017 BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA General Assembly in Denver, Colorado, or apply for a position on the SAC next spring.
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