Center for Health and Counseling Services

Student Wellness Advisory Group
(SWAG Team)

Purpose

The purpose of the Student Wellness Advisory Group (SWAG Team) is to provide guidance and present a student perspective to the Prevention Education Coordinator and other health and wellness campus advocates in order to advance the quality of health education programming at Lewis University for students.

Mission Statement

To serve as a liaison between the Lewis University student body and the Prevention Education Coordinator  and other health and wellness campus advocates by representing student health concerns and promoting balanced, healthy lifestyles among the diverse Lewis student population. The SWAG Team should act as a platform for individuals interested in promoting health related issues and gaining leadership development skills while representing all groups of the student body

SWAG Team Responsibilities

  • Promote dialogue on cross-cultural health issues
  • Identify the health and wellness needs of Lewis students with consideration for the broader campus community
  • Design and implement programs that facilitate health awareness to the Lewis student community
  • Engage in activities that will encourage student involvement in health outreach programs
  • Provide input to the Prevention Education Coordinator on issues concerning student health, such as, accessibility, on-call hours, range of services and general satisfaction
  • Assist in the development of a peer educator program

All Lewis University students are eligible to apply for the Student Wellness Advisory Group. We are looking for create a diverse group of students to address health concerns. Prospective members are strongly encouraged to attend a mass informational meeting at the beginning of the Spring semester to learn more about the purpose and mission of SWAG Team before completing the application.

SWAG Team applicants must

  • Demonstrate a strong interest and enthusiasm in promoting healthy behaviors among your fellow students
  • Be committed to proactively addressing health issues relevant to college students
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with students, faculty, staff, administrators and community-based organizations
  • Have the ability to speak publicly in a positive, engaging, interactive and nonjudgmental manner
  • Have the ability to work collaboratively with those of all backgrounds
  • Have experience working with diverse populations
  • Express sensitivity to controversial and personal topics that are sometimes embarrassing, and have a willingness to talk candidly about them
  • Have the ability to articulate the facts about health-enhancing behaviors and dispel myths and misperceptions
  • Have the ability to function in a group, as both a leader and a supportive team member
  • Exemplify model behavior at all times as you are a representative of the student wellness advisory group
  • Previous student leadership, peer education, event planning and/or health education-related experience is helpful, but not mandatory

Applicants must meet the minimum eligibility requirements

  • Be in good academic standing and have/maintain and minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Have no significant conduct violations
  • Be a degree seeking student enrolled at least part-time (6 credit hours)
  • Have at least one more year of school before graduation

Commitment

We expect that the Student Wellness Advisory Group will meet bi-weekly for an hour throughout the academic year for a total of approximately 2 hours a month. Each student will also be expected to keep 6-10 hours a week that will be a combination of programming and office hours. Each student is expected to commit to at least one full academic year of service.

Benefits of becoming a SWAG Team member

  • Increased knowledge about a wide range of health topics
  • An opportunity to make a difference in the health of Lewis Students
  • Resume enhancement
  • Become part of a highly skilled, diverse team of students
  • Have an opportunity to contribute significantly to the growth of the Peer Health Educator program

If you are interested in becoming a Student Wellness Advisory Group (SWAG Team) member we encourage you to attend one of our informational meetings on September 20th at 1:00pm and 21st at 2:00pm in the Big Red Room. After attending you will be sent an application. If interested please complete the application and submit in person to Dr. Markisha Woodson located in the Center for Health and Counseling Services. If you have any questions regarding the SWAG Team please contact Dr. Markisha Woodson at woodosma@lewisu.edu or (815) 588-7191.

Below are important dates for the Fall Semester:

  • Applications are due by October 2nd 5PM
  • Interviews will be scheduled the week of October 9th
  • Students will be notified of our decision by October 20th
  • Anticipated Start week October 30th