Sacred Heart University student Julianna “Jules” Morrone, a peer educator on the Student Wellness Education and Empowerment Team (s.w.e.e.t.), has been elected to represent all Region I/New England peer educators at the national level with an organization that addresses student wellness and safety.
Morrone will serve on the 2018-19 Student Advisory Committee of NASPA (formerly known as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators), which works for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession. In 2014, NASPA merged with BACCHUS (Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students), which originated in 1975 at the University of Florida to support student leadership in promoting health and safety among fellow students. It was the first student organization of its kind and from which the concept “peer education” was born.
Today, the BACCHUS initiatives of NASPA support peer educators and advisors by empowering students and student affairs administrators to create and foster healthy and safe campus environments.
Sacred Heart has been affiliated with BACCHUS since 2004, but Morrone’s appointment marks the first time a SHU student has been selected to serve on the prestigious Student Advisory Committee, according to Karen Flanagan, peer education coordinator at the University’s counseling center.
“This will provide national exposure for Sacred Heart University at BACCHUS/NASPA events next year and is an outstanding leadership opportunity for Jules,” Flanagan said.
Morrone has been a peer educator with s.w.e.e.t. for two years and will serve as the executive board’s program chair for the 2018–19 school year. She is an honors student and rising senior majoring in exercise science, with a focus on occupational therapy and a minor in psychology.
As a member of the incoming Student Advisory Committee, Morrone will attend an in-depth, three-day training session in June, participate in monthly conference calls with her fellow representatives throughout the year, assist in the coordination of regional conferences and play an active role in planning and on-site support for the annual BACCHUS General Assembly.
“I’m looking forward to broadening my base of peer education,” said Morrone. “I’m excited to learn from my peers across the country and find out what they’re doing on their respective campuses. I think this will be very helpful in starting new initiatives at SHU and improving existing efforts.”