By Cory D. Hill
Peer Educators are a group commonly known as “the rubber people” for their distribution of contraceptives.
Usually composed of counselors and current students, Peer Educators counsel and give information to students about sex education, substance abuse and depression.
In the spring, five students were Peer Educators, but so far this semester, there are no students filling that role.
Counselor Patricia Sanchez and Delia De Luna, student services assistant, who work for the offices of disability support services, are providing those services.
“We are always here to help students anyway we can,” Sanchez said.
Whenever activities are held in the mall area, she said the group will likely “piggy back” on them and set up a station.
In past semesters, Peer Educators also had programs such as “Don’t Cancel the Class,” where qualified members filled in for professors who could not make it into class.
“Even if you just need someone to vent to, we will not turn any student away,” De Luna said.
Possible volunteering for the group is still being worked out. With no former peers available, volunteer training and management would fall directly on counselors like Sanchez and De Luna.
Office hours are from 8 a.m-5 p.m Monday through Friday in Room 145 of Moody Learning Center.
Walk-ins are generally accepted, but students are strongly encouraged to make appointments.
For more information, call the Peer Educators office at 210-486-1448.