Student Counseling Center - Peer Support Programs

Peer Counselor Organization

The Hampton University Peer Counselor Organization promotes success and a healthy lifestyle to students by utilizing role models and leaders from within the student body. Peer Counselors (PCs) are upperclassmen students who are selected based upon application, interview, social clearance and a minimum 2.5 GPA. The Organization provides year-round direct services in the form of individual listening sessions to students undergoing challenges, whether academically, emotionally, socially, and etc.

Each member undergoes training in basic listening, bystander intervention, advocacy, and referral skills to ensure the best service for the student body. Members function as peer educators and supporters rather than advice givers and/or counselors, however are held to the same standard of respect and regard as the rest of the Counseling Center Staff. PCs are actively involved in building awareness, while offering information and activities of a psychosocial nature. PCs also participate in community service projects and often collaborate with other organizations on campus to provide outreach to the Hampton University community. Through this program, Peer Counselors are able to grow personally, but also give back their Hampton University family.

Past activities include:

  • Dorm chats on healthy/unhealthy lifestyles
  • Forums: Healthy Relationships, The Value of HBCUs, Protecting One's Reputation, The Influence of Cliques, Substance Use, Dating Violence
  • Assistance on Mental Health Screening days and World AIDS Day
  • Out of Darkness Walk for Suicide
  • Volunteering at Shelters
  • Participating in Church Thanksgiving Basket Giveaways

Summer Peer Helpers

The Summer Peer Helpers serve Hampton University's Pre-College/Summer Bridge program to assist rising Freshmen to adjust to the college environment prior to the Fall Semester. Peer Helpers (PHs) are upperclassmen students who are selected based upon application, interview, social clearance and a minimum 2.5 GPA, and are trained in basic listening, bystander intervention, group facilitation and referral skills. Each PH 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 Staff as needed. They often present on topics such as substance use, sexual assault prevention, appropriate use of information technology and social networks, and campus life. Through this program, Peer Helpers are able to build lasting impressions and connections with the new students, which help to ease their transition into college life.

If you are interested in gathering more information about our Peer Support Programs, do not hesitate to contact the Student Counseling Center at 757-727-5617, Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm.