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Halloween Extravaganza!!

Friday Oct 31st, 9:00pm-1:00am in the Trabant Multi-Purpose Rooms, find your way to the 2nd Annual Halloween Extravaganza, featuring: DJ Amaze, photobooth, Henna, Palm Reading, Caricatures, and of course food & candy! Come in costume or come as you are...

Expectations of Pow! Peer Educators

Peer educators meet weekly. The exact weeknight and time depends upon members' schedules. We determine the meeting night at the beginning of each new semester. Typically we have a one-hour-long meeting per week, or a two-hour meeting every other week, again depending on the needs. This is decided by the group each semester. Regular meetings are mandatory, within certain limits, so that the group can remain cohesive. If a peer educator misses many meetings, he/she is usually considered inactive for that semester. Infrequently smaller groups will meet bi-weekly to make plans and work on ideas in addition to the regular meetings. Meetings include dinner. There is a welcome-back meeting every fall and an end-of-the-year awards banquet every spring.

Training is always mandatory for new members, but experienced peer mentors are welcome to come and be cross-trained in a new health topic area, and are called on to help out with certain aspects of training every spring. Training is usually held at the student centers. Training dates and times vary every spring. See the Training Information page for this year's dates and times.

There are two functioning topic groups in which peers are trained: human sexuality, which includes all aspects of sexuality; and eating disorders, which includes fitness and nutritional concepts. Additionally, all peer educators are trained in general helping skills, programming skills, and making referrals to appropriate on-campus and off-campus resources. All are trained in methods of stress management, massage, and tobacco cessation. As a group, we are exploring complimentary health or alternative health concepts.

Upcoming Events!

October is Dating/Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Drives to benefit Domestic Violence survivors

Throughout October
Student Wellness & Health Promotion, 231 S. College Ave.
Donate your used cell phones to benefit the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Donate cleaning supplies being collected by Child, Inc. for domestic violence survivors when they leave protective shelters in Delaware. Both of these non-profit agencies actively work to end dating & domestic violence and to assist survivors. The drive has been organized by our Dating Violence Counselor. Call 831-3457 to schedule an appointment.

October 20, 21, 22nd: 12:30-2:00pm
Trabant Kiosks
Phi Sigma Sigma will be collecting toiletries, non-perishable food items, especially: canned tuna, canned soup, coffee, coffee creamer, rice, instant mashed potatoes, mac n cheese, cooking oil, powdered juice mixes, hot cocoa mix, sugar, instant oatmeal, household items, especially: laundry detergent, toilet paper, trash bags, Ziploc freezer bags, cleaning supplies, paper towels, and clothing such as slippers for women and children, bath robes, pajamas.
Sun, October 26th, Sign in at 11:00am, Walk begins 11:30am
Allison Schmidt Domestic Violence Memorial Walk
Newark Reservoir, Old Paper Mill Road
Join Phi Sigma Sigma for this Memorial Walk to honor survivors of Dating & Domestic Violence, as well as those who have lost their lives at the hands of an abusive partner. Your $5 purchase of the Memorial Walk shirt serves as your entrance fee to the walk. Open to the public.
Fri, October 31st, 9:00pm-1:00am
2nd Annual Halloween Extravaganza!
Trabant MPRs
Come out for a night of dancing, games, refreshments, costumes, candy, and PRIZES! Stay tuned for details!
Wed, November 5th, 7:00pm
Get Up, Stand Up! Be a Courageous Bystander
Independence West Residence Hall Lounge
Have you ever heard a sexist or homophobic joke and wished you had confronted it? Witnessed someone name-calling or hitting another person? Seen a woman passed out drunk in a room at a house party, then a man goes in and closes the door? Were you left with the nagging feeling that someone should have intervened...yet getting involved felt too risky? A "Courageous Bystander" is someone who takes an active role in promoting a respectful environment, or who takes action to safely and responsibly interfere with abusive behaviors, statements, or attitudes. This interactive program helps participants learn ways to be a courageous bystander and possibly save someone from victimization and trauma. Presented by Sexual Offense Support (S.O.S.).
Mon, November 17th, 6:00-8:00pm
European Standards for Sex Education from the World Health Organization
Speaker: Olaf Kapella, Austrian Institute for Family Studies, University of Vienna
STAR Campus, 540 S. College Ave.
Over the past few decades, there have been many developments that highlight the need for sexuality education including: the proliferation of social media, the global spread of HIV/AIDS, increasing concerns about the sexual abuse of children and adolescents, and changing attitudes toward sexuality & sexual behavior of youth, and the globalization and migration of people with different cultural & religious backgrounds. In the face of it, Europe is not leaving young people alone to deal with misinformation, stereotypes and myths about sex. Learn about the World Health Organization's standards for sex education in Europe. Sponsored by the Delaware Division of Public Health and many UD offices and departments. See the flyer.