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Be a Peer Health Advocate; Make safe sex great sex!

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Love your peers? Love health?  Love advocacy?

If you said yes to these questions, then you’d be one heck of a Peer Health Advocate (PHA)!

Join the awesome WesWell team that brings SexQuest, WeSheep, puppies, the Mindfulness Carnival, oh Megan! and world class health education to Wes.

Apply to be a PHA HERE by noon on Fri. Sept. 27!

Drop a line to weswell(at)wesleyan(dot)edu if you have any questions.

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SexQuest is Back

Coming at you from the world’s sexiest peer health educator, Jeanne McPhee ’13:

The annual quest for sexual health knowledge and prizes comes at you tomorrow at lunch in Usdan.

Race a buddy in a condom race, learn how to guard yourself from stalkers, and take photos using sexy consent phrases. Along the way, collect prizes and give-a-ways from each of the tables scattered around Usdan. If you visit all of the stations, you will be entered into a drawing to win a high end sex toy like thisthisor this!

Come join us, you sexy folk you.  

Date: Thursday, April 25
Time: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Place: Usdan Tables

For more on condom usage at Wesleyan, read this.

Participants Needed for PSYC Study


Alex Hirsch ’13 took a 4-second break from his thesis to let you know about a way to make some quick cash before leaving for the summer broke and jobless:

Professor Wilkins’ Psychology Research Lab is currently recruiting participants for a 45 minute study examining everyday social perceptions. Participants will receive $10 cash as compensation for their time. If you’re interested in participating, please fill out the following questionnaire. And if you’ve already participated in her research, don’t bother.

Link: Survey

In Store for a New Pair of Undies?


SART Intern Rachel Verner ’15 wants you to look good for Undies in Olin to make your conversations about consent a little sexier:

Let your laundry pile grow a little while longer with a few extra pairs of underwear. And even better, help promote sexual consent while you rock your new duds. All underwear are marked with the logo “assk” to remind you both to seek and give consent, and proceeds will be going towards sexual violence prevention. There are 5 styles options, and 3 colour choices for each. Once the shipment comes in, we will have Iron-On Transfer Stations where you can personalize your underwear with your own phrases of consent.

Order here by April 9th!

Cost: $10/pair or 3 paris for $25Payments can be made to Rachel Verner ’15 (SART Intern), Christian Hosam ’15 (Dwight Greene Intern), and Katy Thompson ’15 (QRC Intern).

Keep an eye on the Facebook Event for details on where and when we’ll be collecting money. All underwear is a product of American Apparel Wholesale.

Mindfulness Carnival

Present Awareness

Ali Patrick ’13 of the Peer Health Advocates wants you to climb out onto a cliff overlooking the ocean and meditate:

Come learn about how you can use mindfulness and positive thinking to reduce stress and increase wellbeing! Hosted by WesWell & the Peer Health Advocates the mindfulness carnival will have activities on massage, gratitude, sleep, yoga, expressive writing and more!

The centerpiece of the event will include several activities on biofeedback, including a EEG-controlled tower brought to life by our very own Zach Valenti ’12. The technology allow users to levitate a model of planet earth by entering into a relaxed state. Participants will be coached through a relaxation exercise which will help them levitate the earth and which they can use for future stress reduction.
Date: Thursday, April 4
Time: 11:30-1:30pm (but play with the EEG Tower 11-6pm!)
Place: First floor of Usdan
Cost: Free!

WE Speak WE Stand Bystander Intervention Program

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WesWell Director Tanya Purdy invites you to speak up and stand up for your friends and classmates:

WE Speak, WE Stand aims to create a community that is actively engaged in the prevention of sexual assault, relationship violence and advocates for the responsible use of alcohol. The goal of the program is to empower bystanders to intervene in high risk situations involving alcohol use, sexual assault and relationship violence. Empowered bystanders make the campus community safer by standing up and speaking out when they witness situations that could potentially harm the health and safety of others. Intervening with peers can be challenging for a number of reasons and training will provide you with the skills to move from inaction to action and intervene safely and effectively.

Information on Recovery@

Recovery@ is a network of students and administrators who gather for mutual support as they navigate the particular challenges of recovery at Wesleyan University:

The only requirement for membership is that you be a student, faculty or staff member of the University in recovery from alcohol and/or drugs.  Recovery@ is not formal therapy of any kind.  Our primary purpose is to stay clean and sober, help other members of the University do the same, and support one another in making recovery at Wesleyan as enjoyable as possible.

We come together once a month during the academic year for fellowship and discussion.  We support each other the rest of the month by texts, emails, social engagements and AA and NA  meetings in the Middletown community.

To obtain more information or join the network please email, recovery(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.

Stress-Free Extravaganza

Jeanne McPhee ’13 invites you to spend a romantic relaxing afternoon with the PHA’s:

Join WesWell in Usdan this Friday to prepare for a stress free finals week! There will be many de-stressing activities such as coloring, cultivating gratitude, testing your knowledge of sleep hygiene, some awesome giveaways and much more!

To top it all off, Shira Engel ’14 will be leading a yoga class in Usdan 108 from 12:30-1:30pm!

Date: Friday, Dec. 7
Time: 11:30-1:30pm
Location: Usdan
Cost: freeee

Oh Megan Talks Dirty


The PHA’s invite you to join Megan Andelloux for a two hour-long interactive lecture on developing our sexual self-understanding: from becoming comfortable with what you want to learning how to communicate those desires to your partners. You’ll learn more about understanding and entertaining your own wants and needs, what other people are into, masturbation techniques (fundamental to exploring your sexuality!), and verbal and nonverbal communication tools. A special focus will be given on how to either give enthusiastic consent or turn people down.

Anonymous questions will be taken from audience members and answered during the presentation, so come with queries in hand! There will be free-goodie-giveaways!

Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 7 pm (but come early to guarantee yourself a seat)
Place: Crowell Concert Hall
Cost: Free

Check out Facebook for more info.

Win a Free Sex Toy from PHA

What to win a free sex toy of your choice? Take this three easy steps:

  1. Stop by the PHA table in Usdan during lunch on Tuesday, Nov 13th.
  2. Write your favorite consent phrase on a post it to enter into the raffle.
  3. Hope and pray that you your name gets drawn.

Date: Tuesday, November 13
Time: 11 am – 1:00 pm
Place: Usdan