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May 19, 2021

Early Registration Deadline

June 23, 2021

Regular Registration Deadline

NASPA Peer Education Advisors Institute

Division/Group Events Health, Safety, and Well-being Alcohol and Other Drug Health, Safety, and Well-being Initiatives Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention, Education, and Response Wellness and Health Promotion Mid-Level New Professional

The role of a collegiate peer health education advisor is complex, ever changing, and sometimes poorly defined. In the past there has not been a handbook, training, or manual when it comes to working with peer health education groups. There is also not one prescribed way to implement peer education on campus since each campus is unique.

The main theme of the 2021 Advisor Institute will be Back to Better- Thinking beyond COVID, which will include conversations and training around Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as well as Advisor and Peer relational topics. 

Prior to attending Advisor Institute, all attendees will be required to complete the Peer Education Advisors Academy by June 23, 2021. Registration for advisors institute includes a complimentary registration for Advisors Academy. 

This event is limited to 50 attendees. Please plan to register as soon as possible to avoid missing out! 

Presented By

 Health, Safety, and Well-being Initiatives


The Peer Education Advisors Institute is intended for both newer professionals, as well as those that have years of advising experience. While some of the workshops will be focused on pre-planned topics such as ethics and boundaries, marketing, and building collaboration across campus, much of the content will focus on the needs of the attendees through facilitated discussions. Additionally, attendees will be given access to a handbook with reflection activities to assist in their learning. Whether attendees come from a public health, student affairs, counseling, or other background, this institute will provide the foundation and go deeper into what every peer education advisor needs to be successful.

Prior to attending Advisor Institute, all attendees will be required to complete Advisor Academy by June 23, 2021 so that each attendee will have common language and collective knowledge. The content from the Advisor Academy will give attendees baseline knowledge and prepare them for participation in the institute. Participants will also be given an Advisor Academy specific workbook that follows along with the modules. Content covered in the Advisor Academy includes:

  • Models of peer education
  • General concepts, definitions, and theories for peer education advising
  • Recruitment, retention, and training models
  • Budgeting
  • Supervisory and leadership styles
  • How to hold student-leaders accountable
  • Obtaining and sustaining resources for your peer education group
  • Student development and learning outcomes
  • Assessment and evaluation


All times are listed in Eastern Time (ET) 

Wednesday, June 23
Thursday, June 24
Friday, June 25th
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Welcome and Introduction

12:45 PM - 2:15 PM

General Session: Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization of Peer Education Programs

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Concurrent Freeform Sessions

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Concurrent Freeform Sessions

3:45 PM - 5:10 PM

General Session: Restorative Practice: A Strategic, Systemic, and Sustainable Prevention Framework for Advancing Peer Education

Restorative Practices can create supportive environments for students to thrive by strengthening relationships between individuals as well as social connections within the campus community. Participants will consider their own settings and discuss how Restorative Practices can advance health and well-being through peer education.
5:25 PM - 6:00 PM

Closing Circle with All Attendees

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Optional: Trivia Night

Join us for a fun night of trivia hosted by TriviaHub

12:00 PM - 12:05 PM

Opening Circle with All Attendees

12:05 PM - 1:30 PM

General Session: Maintaining and Improving Inclusion and Accessibility with Peer Education Programs

This session will help us explore our pandemic response through an accessibility lens – COVID required institutions of higher education to become more accessible in terms of both physical and virtual spaces. How did campuses accommodate those with varying needs? How can accommodations developed during this past year be carried forward to the future? What can we learn from each other to bring back to our campus and intentionally improve our practices on our campus?  We hope this session will be an introductory conversation to accessibility and peer education. 
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Concurrent Freeform Sessions

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

General Session: Supervision-Leadership of Peer Education Teams

Often times we underestimate the power of advising, through self-reflection, we hope to gain a better understanding of our individual leadership and advising style to assist in the development of our future leaders.
4:45 PM - 5:15 PM

Concurrent Freeform Sessions

5:15 PM - 5:45 PM

Concurrent Freeform Sessions

5:45 PM - 6:00 PM

Closing Circle with All Attendees

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Optional: Networking

Join us to network and meet other Peer Education Advisors! 

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM

Opening Circle with All Attendees

12:15 PM - 1:45 PM

General Session: Trauma-Informed Peer Education

Every year there is a large population of students coming into institutions of higher education having experienced some sort of trauma (Smyth et.al 2008). Trauma can impair memory, concentration, new learning and focus. In addition it can impact a student’s ability to trust, cope with stress and form healthy relationships. So what can we do about it? By using a trauma-informed (TI) framework in our work with our peer educators and the students we serve we can help reduce the impact of trauma and the likelihood of re-traumatization. During this session participants will be learning the core principles of the TI framework, perform a TI assessment of their current program and create a plan to implement TI principles in the short, medium and long term at their institution.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Concurrent Freeform Sessions

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Concurrent Freeform Sessions

3:45 PM - 5:15 PM

General Session: Ethical Relationships with Peer Educators: Can Mentoring Move into Friendship?

As advisors, it is important for us to establish clear boundaries in our role with peer educators. Often times, they may refer to us as friends while they are still undergraduate students or even as master students. Is there ever a time when the mentoring role can develop into a friendship? Or are we always their mentor? Can we do both? During this session we will explore this complex concept and it’s impacts.
5:15 PM - 6:00 PM

Closing Session with All Attendees


Registration rates for the 2021 NASPA Peer Education Advisors Institute are based on NASPA individual membership status. Check out our Membership page to learn more about the benefits of membership, and how to sign up!


Registration for this event is limited to 50 attendees. Please register as soon as possible to avoid missing out! 


Registration Fees

Early Registration

before 5/19/21


Regular Registration

before 6/23/21

NASPA Member
$119   $169
$219   $269


See below for a full list of NASPA's Peer Education and Advising Faculty. While not all individuals will be facilitating this year's Institute, each of them contributed to the development and success of this event.