Student Counseling Center
Peer Support Programs
Peer Counselor Organization
Peer Counselors Hurricane Sandy Victim Encouragement
Attired in their Peer Counselor T-shirts ("We're here to Help… Listen… Make a Difference"), 2012-2013 PCs listen to a question from an interested potential applicant at the 2013 PC Week Information Meeting.
The Peer Counselor Organization is an official recognized University organization. It is composed of upperclass students who are selected based upon application, interview, social clearance and minimum 2.5 GPA. They are trained in basic listening, bystander intervention, and referral skills in order to support and assist students who are experiencing personal challenges. They function as peer educators and supporters rather than advice givers and/or counselors, but are held to the same standard of respect and regard as the rest of the staff, including signing a privacy and confidentiality agreement. Rather than exceed their limits, they make referrals to the counseling staff. Peer Counselors are actively involved in building awareness of healthy and safe lifestyle choices, and providing information and activities of a psychosocial nature. They participate in community service projects and often collaborate with other organizations on campus. Some of their typical activities include dorm chats, forums, assistance with mental health screening days, movie nights, social events such as speed dating, Homecoming events and fundraisers.
Peer Counselors (PC) Week generally occurs at the end of January. During this time, they recruit of the following year's PCs; however, students are welcome to stop by the Student Counseling Center for information at any time during the year. PCs meet as a group every Tuesday from 4:30 – 5:30, and have individual office hours in the Counseling Center. They are required to participate in a training weekend in September, and in recent years have received Certified Peer Educator training.
Hampton University Peers In Prevention (HU-PIP)
2011-2012 HU-PIP with Actor and AIDS Activist, Laman Rucker
Hampton University Peers In Prevention (HU-PIP) is a group of student peer educators who work with both the Counseling and Health Centers on Alcohol, HIV and Hepatitis prevention. It was established in 2011-2012 through a Minority Serving Institutions Substance Abuse, HIV and Hepatitis Prevention Initiative sub-contract from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. It is comprised of upperclass students who are selected based upon application, interview, social clearance and minimum 2.5 GPA. HU-PIP is best known for participation in assisting the implementation of mass HIV and selected STIs testing in November for the Magic Johnson Foundation's Point Forward Day, in December for the National HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and in February for the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The concluding 2012 awareness and education program, was a Jeopardy© type of game called "Final Exam" with guest host, Laman Rucker, who, in addition to being a TV and film actor, is a dedicated HIV/AIDS activist.
Summer Peer Helpers
The Summer Peer Helpers serve Hampton University's Pre-college/Summer Bridge program to assist rising Freshman students to adjust to the college environment prior to the arrival of the full student body. Peer Helpers are upperclass students who are selected based upon application, interview, social clearance and minimum 2.5 GPA, and are trained in basic listening, bystander intervention, group facilitation and referral skills. Each Peer Helper has a group of students with whom they meet weekly for discussion and social activities. In addition, they are present at every Wednesday Ogden Hall meeting during which they provide assistance to the Pre-college and Freshman Studies staffs as needed. They often stage skits in support of presentations on topics such as substance use, sexual assault prevention, and appropriate use of information technology and social networks.