BTW: Bridge to Wellness Peer Educators

BTW Peer Educators in a Zoom meeting
BTW peer educators in a Zoom meeting making funny faces

Creating a campus culture that prioritizes individual well-being and community health

BTW peer leaders educate and empower students to prioritize well-being and practice healthy decision making around substance abuse, stress management, nutrition, fitness and mental health. BTW works to increase access and strengthen connections between students and campus resources. Through workshops, training and communications, BTW strives to enhance the student experience at Brandeis for all.

We recognize that wellness is multidimensional, and that many departments and organizataions at Brandeis are involved in promoting well-being. BTW is organized into three subcommittees that emphasize the main wellness topics that the group addresses.

Physical Wellness Team

This team focuses on physical wellness topics including sleep, nutrition, fitness, alcohol and other drug safety, COVID-19 and cold & flu prevention.

Team Contacts: Danielle Wright '21, Nathalie Vieux-Gresham '23, Skye Liu '23

Emotional Wellness Team

This team focuses on emotional wellness topics including stress management, self-compassion, body positivity, and coping strategies for anxiety, depression, and substance misuse.

Team Contacts: Ysabel Munoz '21, Sakinah Master '21, Viv Santana-Perez '22

Social Wellness Team

This team focuses on social wellness topics including loneliness and social connection, belonging, group bonding and hazing prevention, health equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in health and wellness.

Team Contacts: Denezia Fahie '22, Catherine Romero '23, Stephanie Sarfo '23

Request a Program

BTW peer educators offer workshops and programming for residents, clubs and orgs, athletic teams, and other undergraduate student groups. In order to make sure BTW can plan appropriately, please submit your request 2 weeks in advance.

Request a BTW Program

Applying to become a BTW Peer Educator

Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are now closed.

Job information

BTW is a paid student leadership position supervised by the Office of Health and Wellness Promotion (HAWP).

BTW peer educators complete approximately 40 hours of training each fall. During the academic year, they work 4-6 hours per week.  Please email hawp@brandeis.edu or talk to a BTW peer educator for more information about the position.

BTW Programming Highlights

Graphic of a compass with the text: Bridge to Wellness Navigating Nutrition Bringing you dining hall tips every week for the month of October on the BTW instagram and facebook pages Instagram icon, @brandeisBTW Facebook icon, @brandeisBTW
A collection of 5 photos of 5 students holding a white board that has a BTW bridge to wellness sticker on it with the heading hashtag I pledge to. Student in the top left corner holding a whiteboard that says “I pledge to drink more water”. Student in the middle of the top row holding a whiteboard that says “I pledge to drink enough water this week”. Student in the top right corner holding a whiteboard that says “I pledge to drink more water”. Student in the bottom left corner holding a whiteboard that says “I pledge to drink more water”. Student in the bottom right corner holding a whiteboard that says “I pledge to drink more water”.
BTW Bridge to Wellness, Brandeis University. Sleep Tracker. Ideal sleeping habits, followed by a blank line. Number of hours, followed by a blank line. Ideal bed time, followed by a blank line. A moon icon labeled night followed by 7 graphics of pillows under the column headers for each day of the week, Mon, Tues, Wed, Today, Fri, Sat, Sun. A sun icon labeled morning followed by 7 graphics of alarm clocks under the column headers for each day of the week, Mon, Tues, Wed, Today, Fri, Sat, Sun.
Remember social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation. A graphic in the middle third of two people hugging a heart-shaped globe of the Earth with the text “Who are you checking in on today, Just checking in, Brandeis University”
Sunscreen Tips -SPF of at least 30. -protects against both UVA and UVB light. -Apply 15-30 min before sun exposure. -Reapply every 2 to 3 hours. -80% of UV rays pass through clouds. -Cover up with protective clothing. BTW Bridge to Wellness, Brandeis University. With doodle of the sun, sunscreen on hands, and people playing with a beach ball against a sunset background.