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Meet a NEW Swat Member



Emily is from Neenah, WI and is a junior studying Psychology. Emily’s main projects with SWAT are the Student Wellness team and social media. Since she loves to experiment with healthy baking recipes like homemade granola bars, chickpea peanut butter cookies, black bean brownies… Emily likes to snack on those creations, most of which involve peanut butter. Her favorite way to exercise is running and if she were a crayon, she would be mountain meadow. An interesting fact about Emily is that she studied in Valladolid, Spain last spring semester and LOVED it!


What is SWAT? Student Wellness Advocacy Team. We are a group of students with two great supervisors who run programs, events, and advertising to promote and educate students and staff on campus about being healthy and safe.

How did you learn about the job opportunity? I received an email advertising the position while I was abroad and was very excited because I love learning and talking about wellness.

What made you want to be a part of the SWAT Team? I am a psychology major also studying pre-med, so I thought this position would be great experience for working with people and in health care in the future as I learn more about, and practice wellness, as well as gain leadership experience. While psychology addresses a lot of mental health, I also really enjoy running (physical health) and healthy cooking and baking, which are focused more on physical health, so I look forward to learning more, expanding my knowledge of other areas of health, and sharing my passion for wellness. In addition, I love UWEC so I thought this would be a great way to stay involved on campus and participate in making it the great place it is.

What does SWAT do? SWAT educates students and staff on campus about health-related topics, especially those pertinent to college life, whether it be through posters, tables at events and around campus, or programs and events that we run. SWAT also works in the Rest Nest in the library.

What are the hours like? Every week we have two office hours, an hour-long staff meeting, and we also staff the Rest Nest. The rest of our schedule varies week-to-week based on the programs scheduled and which of those we can help with.

What is the work environment like? My fellow team members are very welcoming and our wonderful supervisors are always encouraging, helpful, and open to new ideas. We work in a variety of settings from the office during our office hours, the rest nest, to the res halls or other places around campus. I love seeing what is going on around campus and getting to be involved in the different activities.

What is your favorite part about the SWAT team? My favorite part about SWAT is learning about new wellness ideas and getting to share what I learn with other students. I get to be involved in different areas on campus with a great team and as we share about the many different aspects of health.



Rebekah is a senior from New Berlin, WI studying Psychology with a Family Studies Minor and a certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Rebekah’s main project with SWAT has yet to be determined. Her favorite health snacks are grapes and banana-peanut butter toast. She enjoys exercising by riding her bike, practicing yoga, and swimming. If Rebekah was a crayon, she would be Shamrock, and a fun fact about her is that she used to have a pet deer when she was a kid!

What is SWAT? The Student Wellness Advocacy Team (SWATeam) is comprised of a group of students who are interested in promoting health education and wellness. A few of the ways that this happens is through peer education with courses on alcohol safety, sexual health, stress management, etc. We also staff the Rest Nest on the 5th floor of McIntyre Library for students to come hangout and relax between classes or during finals week.

How did you learn about the job opportunity? Another job that I have on campus is at Counseling Services who work closely with SHS and SWAT. I saw the job posting on Handshake and decided that I would apply to work with other student health educators and further my interest in health psychology.

What made you want to be a part of the SWAT Team? I enjoy working with the resources that we have on campus because I know how difficult it can be to come to college as a freshman or transfer student. There are opportunities for health and wellness that many students are not aware of, so I’d love to help educate them!

What does SWAT do? SWAT facilitates programs for health and wellness education such as Condom Bingo, Sexual Health Jeopardy, and Balanced Life. We also host tabling events to promote the work that we do and services that we offer!

What are the hours like? We have a 1-hour meeting, determined by the students’ and advisors’ schedules, and then we have a 2-hour office hour in Schofield 26, our main office each week. In addition, we also work a 2-hour period in the Rest Nest each week. Each of those times has been flexible and I am able to decide which programs I feel comfortable doing during the week.

What is the work environment like? The work environment of SWAT is extremely inviting. I’m new this semester and so everyone has been very understanding about teaching me the system for presenting courses to classes and how the Rest Nest works!

What is your favorite part about the SWAT team? So far, my favorite part about SWAT is that I’ve made new friends and that I get to reach out to other students on health and wellness education!

Meet a New SWAT Member



Hannah is a sophomore studying Business Management and Finance. She is from Kewaunee, Wisconsin. Her main project with SWAT is with Nutrition and her favorite healthy snack is greek yogurt with granola. Hannah’s favorite way to exercise is running and she’s on the UWEC cross country and track teams! If Hannah was a crayon, she would be Antique Brass.

What is SWAT?

SWAT stands for Student Wellness Advocacy Team and it’s a group of students who work together to provide other students with information and services about how to stay healthy and mentally well. We are all about providing students on campus with information and educating them on how to make beneficial choices in their own life.

How did you learn about the job opportunity?

My cross country coach forwarded an email from Christy saying that there was an on-campus job opportunity available. From there I researched more to see what SWAT was all about and it sounded very interesting and like something I wanted to be a part of!

What made you want to be a part of the SWAT Team?

In my personal life, I want to make healthy choices and that inspires me to help others who are looking to do the same! Also, the current students who work for SWAT are all very welcoming and friendly.

What does SWAT do?

SWAT puts on programs and table events aimed at helping others become more educated about all the decisions they make in a college atmosphere. We encourage students to be conscious of these choices and how they will affect different aspects of their life. This can range from alcohol safety to sleep and having a balanced life to sexual health; all topics relevant to college students.

What are the hours like?

It honestly depends on the student and their different levels of availability. At minimum we are required to attend a hour-long staff meeting and two hour long office hours a week but other than that, it is a super flexible position that lets students pick and choose when and how often to work depending on their schedule.

What is the work environment like?

The work environment is very relaxed and friendly. Office hours are very adaptable to whatever needs to be done at that certain point in time so you’re never doing the same things over and over. The full-time staff members and the peer-educators are always willingly to help each other out.

What is your favorite part about the SWAT team?

My favorite part of being a part of SWAT is the fact that I get to help other students become more educated on topics that I care about. I also really enjoy the feeling of being on a team and working together to achieve a common goal. I love this campus and this city so I’m all for anything I can do to help make it a more happy, healthy pl

Meet a New SWAT Member!



Aimee is a senior originally from Eau Claire, Wisconsin studying Political Science and Public Health. In addition to SWAT curriculum like Condom Bingo, she is excited to work on projects helping college students develop healthy sleeping habits. Her favorite healthy snacks are kiwis and jalapeno string cheese, and her favorite way to exercise is indoor cycling classes at the YMCA. An interesting fact about Aimee is that she studied abroad in India and Ecuador. If she was a crayon she would be Cornflower. IMG_2840

What is SWAT?
The Student Wellness Advocacy Team (SWAT) is a group of students who facilitate programs covering a variety of topics including alcohol safety and sexual health. The programs are very flexible to meet the needs of each group and are often requested by RA’s in the dorms for students to attend (Condom Bingo is the most popular)! We love to present material that is educational and relevant for students while maintaining a fun, respectful, and interactive environment.

How did you learn about the job opportunity?
I found SWAT by searching through the Student Health Services website and thought that working as a Peer Health Educator would be a great opportunity to learn more about student health! I am always looking for new ways to become involved on campus, and to gain more experience in public health and community development.

What made you want to be part of the SWAT team?
Upon graduation I hope to work in public health by developing community outreach programs, and later obtain my Master’s in Public Health and Public Policy. In addition to learning more about health systems on college campuses, I applied to work with SWAT because I want to improve my public speaking skills, gain exposure to established health education curriculum, and to meet other individuals who are passionate about health!

What does SWAT do?
SWAT facilitates several types of programs including Balanced Life, Condom Bingo, and Sexual Health Jeopardy. We also facilitate programs (PHD and Choices) for students who have violated campus alcohol policy in the dorms. You will probably see SWAT members out and about with the Love Wagon or tabling in Davies to pass out condoms and other cool (and free!) items.

What are the hours like?
Every week each SWAT member completes two office hours in the SWAT Office in the Old Library, in addition to a scheduled weekly meeting with the whole group. We schedule other programs on a weekly basis and rotate who facilitates each program.

What is the work environment like?
The work environment is one of my favorite things about SWAT! Everyone is very open to new topics and ideas for discussion, and is very invested in their work as Peer Health Educators. I’m excited to go to work every day because I know I will always learn something new.

What is your favorite part of the SWAT Team?
I’ve loved meeting new people through SWAT and being exposed to new ideas and new methodologies of health education. It’s great to know that so many SWAT Team members are also future healthcare.