Capital Peers

Capital Peers are a group of peer health educators who work directly with the Colonial Health Center (CHC) to provide health promotion and education to the GW student body. Through events, workshops, marketing campaigns and more, Capital Peers serve as educators and role models for GW students related to all things health and wellness. Students who participate in the Capital Peers program are nationally certified peer educators through the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) affiliate, BACCHUS Network.

Vision of Capital Peers

The vision for the Capital Peers is to be a preeminent group of student leaders who influence and inspire GW students to prioritize health and wellness within themselves and the GW student community.

Mission of the Capital Peers

GW Capital Peers are a diverse group of students who educate, promote, and inspire GW students to live healthy lives. Through education and outreach on various college student health topics, Capital Peers equip their peers to practice healthy living to help them achieve success in college.

Meet the Capital Peers

Amal Hassan

Amal Hassan

She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Northern VA

Majors/Minors: Public Health

Healthy Fun Fact: Prayer serves as a way for me to maintain mindfulness and accept the moment despite the hardship I find myself in.

Anar Parmar

Anar Parmar

She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Memphis, TN

Majors/Minors: Nutrition Science; Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

Healthy Fun Fact: I love Brussel sprouts.

Anissa Williams

Anissa Williams

She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Henderson, NC

Majors/Minors: MPH in Health Promotion

Healthy Fun Fact: One day I hope to create my own nonprofit to promote health and provide access to resources for rural communities!

Anna MacDonald-Martin

Anna McDonald-Martin

She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Cambridge, MA

Majors/Minors: Biology; Pre-Med

Healthy Fun Fact: I like to drink tea and practice mindfulness when I am stressed out.

Bri Elgart

Bri Elgart

She/Her/Hers

Hometown: New Jersey

Majors/Minors: Public Health; Psychology; Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Healthy Fun Fact: I love doing Zumba!

Carrie Kowalyk

Carrie Kowalyk

She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Greensburg, PA

Majors/Minors: Public Health

Healthy Fun Fact: I play club volleyball for GW!

Cassie White

Cassie White

She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Mechanicsburg, PA

Majors/Minors: Biology; Public Health

Healthy Fun Fact: Goat Yoga (Goga) is my favorite workout!

Chris Zuniga

Chris Zuniga

He/Him/His

Hometown: New Jersey

Majors/Minors: Political Communication; Sociology

Healthy Fun Fact: I am trained in EMS.

Emily Rosenkrantz

Emily Rosenkrantz

She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Long Island, NY

Majors/Minors: Pre-Business Administration - Marketing and International Business; Geography

Healthy Fun Fact: I always start my day with a filling breakfast and coffee!

George Fragoulias

George Fragoulias

He/Him/His

Hometown: New Jersey

Majors/Minors: Applied Science & Technology; Chemistry; Psychology

Healthy Fun Fact: I love cooking for my family and friends!

Jason Lei

Jason Lei

He/Him/His

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Majors/Minors: Public Health; Chinese

Healthy Fun Fact: I try to drink 8 cups of water a day.

Jazzy Parliyan

Jazzy Parliyan

She/Her/Hers

Hometown: New Jersey

Majors/Minors: Public Health

Healthy Fun Fact: I love fruit!

Julia Hyatt

Julia Hyatt

She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Rockland, NY

Majors/Minors: Public Health; Psychology

Healthy Fun Fact: I love doing facemasks after a stressful day!

Lily Joo

Lily Joo

She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

Majors/Minors: International Affairs

Healthy Fun Fact: I really love kale!

Maddy Hraber

Maddy Hraber

She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Majors/Minors: Public Health; Sustainability; Computer Science

Healthy Fun Fact: I love to run and ski!

Mallory McPherson-Whelan

Mallory McPherson-Wehan

She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Ventura, CA

Majors/Minors: MPH in Maternal and Child Health

Healthy Fun Fact: I'm a group fitness instructor and personal trainer!

Marjanna Smith

Marjanna Smith

She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Huntingdon Valley, PA

Majors/Minors: Public Health; Business

Healthy Fun Fact: I am going to run my first race (a 5k) this semester!

MG Holloway

MG Holloway

She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Monroe, LA

Majors/Minors: Public Health

Healthy Fun Fact: I enjoy rock climbing.

Nikki Vivekanandan

Nikki Vivekanandan

She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Majors/Minors: Nutrition Science; Chemistry

Healthy Fun Fact: You can follow my health and wellness blog @livemashealthy on Instagram :)

Sarah Lawrence

Sarah Lawrence

She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Staten Island, NY

Majors/Minors: International Affairs

Healthy Fun Fact: I am a dancer!

Sophie Hirshfield

Sophie Hirshfield

She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Marlton, NJ

Majors/Minors: International Affairs; Global Public Health

Healthy Fun Fact: I take different LSPAs every semester for a fun and free way to have a workout class!

Theresa Buichler

Theresa Buechler

She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Maryland

Majors/Minors: Doctorate of Physical Therapy Candidate

Healthy Fun Fact: I've hiked a volcano in Ecuador.

Xinyu Liu

Xinyu Liu

She/Her/Hers

Hometown: New York, NY

Majors/Minors: Cognitive Neuroscience; Psychology

Healthy Fun Fact: I like to journal the events of my day every night to destress/vent to myself. I've been doing this for almost 4 years now!

Zack Love

Zack Love

He/Him/His

Hometown: Talladega, AL

Majors/Minors: Public Health; Pre-Health; Emergency Health Services

Healthy Fun Fact: I played varsity tennis in high school and love playing in my free time as a college student!

Colonial Health Center Partners

The Capital Peers support the CHC in a variety of ways:

Programming

  • Educating students on health and wellness topics by facilitating events, workshops, and presentations.
  • Assisting with staffing outreach and health assessment contact tables.
  • Planning, organizing and facilitating health and wellness events based on student interests, campus needs, and/or campus requests.
  • Collaborating with other student organizations and departments to promote wellness and educate students on relevant health topics.

Recruitment and Membership

  • Assisting with the recruitment of new members to the Capital Peers program
  • Planning team building events for Capital Peers members
  • Assisting with the development and facilitation of Capital Peers trainings

Leadership

  • Acting as a positive role model for other students by participating in healthy lifestyle choices and behaviors
  • Providing an open-minded and nonjudgmental approach to health and wellness topics with GW students
  • Offering education on resources available to students looking for or needing extra support

How do I get involved?

Applications for the Capital Peers program are available every fall semester. Selected applicants will participate in the Certified Peer Educator Training Program developed by the NASPA's BACCHUS Network during the following spring semester. After successful completion of the program, students will become Certified Peer Educators and are expected to serve a minimum of two semesters as a Capital Peer. 

In addition to becoming a Certified Peer Educator, students participating in the Capital Peers program will develop valuable leadership skills, such as:

  • Event planning
  • Public speaking
  • Creating, organizing, and implementing health promotion campaigns and initiatives
  • Goal setting and evaluation of health education outcomes
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Networking with student organizations and university departments
  • Working with a diverse student body

Who can become a Capital Peer?

Both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply to the Capital Peers program. Students must also meet the following criteria to apply or be a part of the Capital Peers program.

Must be in good academic standing with the university:

  • Not on academic probation
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Must be in good conduct standing with the university

Serve as a positive role model and representative of the Colonial Health Center in the following ways:

  • Model desired behaviors for peers
  • Display team-oriented behavior
  • Possess a positive attitude
  • Demonstrate an openness to learning, growing, and working with students of diverse backgrounds

 

To learn more about the Capital Peers program, please email [email protected].