Peer Health Advocates (PHAs) are committed to supporting their fellow students and empowering them to make healthy choices while thinking critically about the Facets of Wellbeing. They do this by connecting their peers to campus resources, creating a safe space for open dialogue, and offering peer education on a variety of important health and wellbeing topics.
- Body Talk PHAs educate and promote a more body positive campus environment at UChicago. See the list of Body Talk PHAs.
- InTouch PHAs educate and empower their peers about healthy relationships and sexual health. See the list of InTouch PHAs.
- Mind Over Matter PHAs empower their peers to cultivate a culture of positive mental well-being. See the list of Mind Over Matter PHAs.
In the 2020-2021 academic year, all PHA workshops and events will be held online. Please check out the UChicago Student Wellness calendar to see what PHA events are happening soon!
You can learn more about each PHA group and how to become a PHA by clicking on the respective tab below.
Body Talk is a group of PHAs who work to promote positive body image within the UChicago community. Members are committed to empowering students to reconnect to their innate body wisdom so that they can have more balance, joyful self-care, and a loving relationship with themselves that is guided by forgiveness and appreciation. Body Talk PHAs provide safe spaces to discuss issues related to body image as trained facilitators and create programming that works toward a more body positive campus environment.
Body Talk PHAs aim to:
- Facilitate non-judgmental conversations about body image and eating disorders for people of all body types and backgrounds.
- Provide spaces for open discussion about unrealistic beauty ideals and the potential harm that pursuing those ideals can cause.
- Build a supportive, inclusive community of students who are interested in discussing issues related to body image and eating disorders.
- Encourage the spread of body positivity throughout the campus, and create an environment where open, accepting conversation of body image and weight concerns is the social norm.
- Link students to existing body image and eating disorder related resources.
InTouch aims to create an honest and sex-positive environment to discuss sexual health and healthy relationships that is inclusive to all identities, experiences, and ways of having sex. We educate peers on sexual health, healthy relationships, and resources through workshops and events, aiming to empower them to make their own decisions about their sexual health and relationships. We combat stigma against sex and intimacy through open dialogue about personal and interpersonal wellness in order to thrive as a campus community.
InTouch aims to:
- Create a comfortable and inclusive environment for students to express their concerns and ask questions regarding their own sexual health and relationships.
- Inspire students to think critically about what constitutes a healthy relationship and to be aware of their own interactions with others.
- Link students to both on- and off-campus resources related to sexual health and relationships.
- Teach students best practices for maintaining their sexual health.
Mind Over Matter is a group of PHAs who work to empower UChicago students to cultivate a culture of positive mental well-being. Mind Over Matter is committed to helping raise awareness of mental health by hosting two discussion forum series, Shutting Down Stigma and Resource Reassurance. Shutting Down Stigma is focused specifically on discussing mental health and the stigma surrounding it. Resource Reassurance is centered on highlighting existing resources for students and allowing students the opportunity to share their experiences with those services.
Mind Over Matter aims to:
- Encourage discussion of mental health and mental illness in a safe space where students feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and concerns.
- Help create a culture of care around mental health on campus.
- Provide ways to help and support each other with regards to mental well-being.
- Link students to the mental health resources both on and off campus and how to navigate them.
All UChicago students who can meet the participation requirements and are committed to educating fellow students are invited to apply to become a PHA. We encourage students of all backgrounds, genders, and identities to become PHAs. The current application cycle to become a PHA is closed.
PHAs will be expected to:
Participate in the new member training program (Autumn Quarter)
Attend and participate in weekly team meetings (time varies based on PHAs’ schedules)
Be active in the UChicago Student Wellness community
PHAs benefit by:
Learning about health and wellness topics and being a resource for other students
Facilitating workshops, working in a team, and developing projects as a group
Being part of a strong and supportive community
Contributing to creating a culture of wellness at UChicago
Developing your communication, leadership, and collaboration skills