Resource Sharing – Tools for Peer Education Advisors


BACCHUS Initiatives Staff

June 19, 2017

Another academic year is behind us. What is your plan for next year? Are there things you would like to improve with your peer education group and/or health promotion efforts? We asked a few BACCHUS advisors to share some resources they use throughout the year. These may come in handy for you, as well.

Leslie Haxby-McNeill, Miami University

  • We refer back to the University of Arizona’s Step Up! website in our development of the Miami University customized "I am Miami: I Step Up!" The site includes everything you need to implement the program including a Power Point slide deck, facilitator guide, scenarios, and evaluation tools. 


Holly Godden, UNLV

  • I've begun augmenting CPE training with auxiliary identity training for my LT and peer educators throughout the year. I use the LARA method of conflict resolution, OFNR, and the Cycle of Socialization in their continuing professional development. I'm also a fan of collectively defining terms (dialogue, discussion, debate, hearing vs. listening) and the "learning edge" diagram. All have been well received. I've found that a strong emphasis on basic social justice competency has reduced or resolved a lot of issues that have periodically cropped up - from retention to engagement to leadership capacity development.
  • I'm also a fan of True Colors, though I haven't done it with my students. I've done it many times myself, and I found it very useful from a leadership development perspective.
  •  I also refer to the CollegeAIM Matrix frequently.


Sarah Diaz, Butler University

  • Aware Awake Alive - Resources to prevent alcohol overdose including videos (these are great!), posters, and blood alcohol calculators. The video clips on this site are particularly compelling and do a great job highlighting the impact of alcohol overdose.  The Drunk or Dying posters highlight the signs of alcohol overdose and urge students to call for help when any of those signs exist. We’ve used the poster images in print within our residential spaces on campus and have shared it via social media as a reminder to students to make the call.
  • Scarleteen
- Inclusive, comprehensive and smart sexuality information and help for teens and 20's. Resources on this page are informed by evidence but are presented in a very approachable way and from a very inclusive perspective.
  • One Love
- An organization dedicated to raising awareness of warning signs of abuse and activate communities to change the statistics around relationship violence. There are short video clips, memes, and training resources for students interested in leading the “Escalation” workshop that includes a 40-minute film and discussion. The memes and videos can be easily incorporated into workshops or shared via social media. The Escalation workshop is fantastic, and the staff from OneLove are incredibly accommodating. Students can be trained as facilitators online (through Google chat) and download the facilitator’s guide and video to run workshops on campus. Assessment of the program is included – and the staff at OneLove will send you your campus’ results to highlight the learning outcomes.


Whiney Platzer O’Regan, University of Miami

  • Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy (Third Edition) by Cynthia Kuhn, Scott Swartzwelder, and Wilkie Wilson
    The peer educators utilize Buzzed as their introduction to the effects of alcohol and drugs from an engaging and well-written perspective. We hire students from all academic disciplines, so while they might not have a pre-med or public health interest, they care about their peers. This book makes the scientific aspects of consumption approachable for all backgrounds. It is also the once resource I found to be broad, yet comprehensive enough to cover all of the substances that we cover during peer educator training, in one resource.
  • Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques by Michael Michalko
    I use Thinkertoys in all aspects of my work with peer educators. The concepts in the book provide me with several creative lenses to brainstorm, team-build, and even debrief programs. I strongly feel that innovation and creativity are not only two of my strongest professional values, but key to building successes with student leaders. I highly recommend “Scamper,” “Blue Roses,” and “Storyboarding.”
  • Table Topics: Questions to Start Great Conversations
    I don’t know that I need to explain this one, but I firmly believe that every student affairs professional should have a box of these in their office. They are great for one on ones, team meetings, relationship building, and they’re fun. Plus, they have 20 different editions!


Jayme Trogus, Millersville University

  • Students Helping Students: A Guide for Peer Educators on College Campuses (Second Edition) by Fred B. Newton, Steven C. Ender, and John N. Gardner (Foreword)
    A resource that has been helpful to our peer education group is Students Helping Students, which is a required read for our students over the summer. I create a reading guide for them to complete as they read and then we discuss their personal reflections during training in August.


Whitney Boroski, Michigan Tech

  • NCAA - This website has a ton of helpful resources including white papers, brochures, posters, and recommended speakers.
  • Vision Into Action - This is an awesome tool that I used last summer to bring my department through a strategic plan in a very organized way.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - I receive the SAMHSA newsletter and I find the resources and information to be VERY helpful.
  • National Vaccine Information Center - I've only just started looking into this website as our university brushes up on our vaccine policies.  This site can organize information by state, which is very helpful, while also giving information on waivers and other resources. 


Alicia Czachowski, Columbia University


Kevin Meier, Northwestern University

  • SciShow YouTube Channel - I have found this video series to be helpful for a number of topics, and they have a series of videos specifically around alcohol that are really interesting.

What are some other tools you use? Are there resources you’re looking for but haven’t yet found? Keep sharing with your colleagues!

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