Wellness Agents

REAL Program

Experiential learning opportunity

Wellness Agents have unique opportunities to lead and support prevention & wellness efforts at OSU. Each term they help plan large awareness events to engage and educate students on college health issues.

Lead

Sara Caldwell-Kan

Prerequisites

N/A

Grading

P/N

Maximum enrollment

10

NACE competencies

  • Critical thinking/problem solving
  • Teamwork/collaboration
  • Leadership

Credits

  • 3

Registration options

Start terms

  • Fall
  • Spring

Meeting times

Students are required to attend mandatory training sessions and a mandatory 4-hour retreat. Times will be announced on the application materials.

Note that students accepted into the program will be expected to complete three consecutive terms (excluding summer), and will receive one credit for each term of participation for a total of three credits.

Students can begin the three terms of participation in fall (fall, winter, spring) or spring (spring, fall, winter).

Fall

Wednesdays. 4-5:30 p.m.

Spring

Ongoing training sessions on Fridays from 10-11:30 a.m., weeks 2-6 (April 10-May 8) and a one-time retreat 12-4 p.m. on April 11.

Offered online

No

Learning outcomes

  1. Increased understanding of the multiple levels of influence on college health behaviors.
  2. Increased understanding of effective methodologies for improving campus health.
  3. Increased self-efficacy in interpersonal, community programming, student leadership, and bystander intervention skills.
  4. Increased empathy for diverse student experiences.
  5. Increased connection to OSU community.

Content / knowledge / concepts

  • Overview of college health issues
  • Students will understand the connections between social justice, health and implicit bias
  • Students will learn and use planning models to develop campus programs
  • Students will develop skills in empathy, active listening and peer leadership
  • Students will learn and implement community-based engagement in campus programming

Course experiences

  • Students will be able to lead and participate in wellness programming and community building at OSU in topics of their choice, including alcohol prevention, mental health, sexual violence prevention, resilience promotion and many other topics.
  • Students may assist or lead work in awareness campaigns, on campus events, community-specific workshops, or assessment.
  • Students may also collaborate with campus partners to develop new initiatives.
  • Students will work with professionals from Student Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Recreational Sports and other departments on campus.

Assessment activities

  • Reflections
  • Other -- Service Hours
  • Other – End-of-term reports

Additional info

All students must apply to become a Wellness Agent. This is a competitive process that is open to any OSU student. Go to Student Health Services' Wellness Agents to read more and apply to the program.