(585) 237-8860   8 pm to 8 am daily while classes are in session fall and spring semesters

Peer Advocacy

Welcome to Pathways! This website describes our program, services, and msision.  Use the navigation bar to the left to learn about the process of becoming a Peer Advocate (how to apply, what to expect) and our educational programs. 

About Our Program

Pathways is a confidential peer-to-peer based program that began during the fall 2011 semester. Peer advocates are student volunteers who successfully completed intensive training in helping skills. Peer Advocates offer support and referral information to students managing various challenges, including concerns about stress, academic issues, and social relationships or situations. Peer Advocates participate in ongoing training, supervision, and evaluation. Although Peer Advocates do not provide tutoring, professional counseling, or professional advice,  referral information for these services may be offered to those interested in additional assistance. Peer Advocates also present on-campus educational programs in the residence halls.

Students may contact Peer Advocates for anonymous assistance (see hints below in color). All information shared with Peer Advocates is kept strictly confidential. (The only exception is that University Police may be contacted to provide emergency assistance if Peer Advocates learn that someone is facing possible imminent death).

If you have used Pathways or attended a Pathways program, we welcome your feedback: http://go.geneseo.edu/pathwaysfeedback

 About Our Advocacy Services

Dealing with school stress? relationship issues? Are you lonely? worried?  confused?  Need to vent or talk something through? We're here to listen, to understand, and to talk about options.


-Phone: (585) 237-8860   8 pm to 8am daily during the fall and spring semesters while classes are in session (i.e., unavailable during fall, Thanksgiving, winter, and spring, and summer breaks)

                        To ensure anonymity,  enter *67 before calling to block your phone number from our automated caller id system. Also, please allow the phone to ring at least 8 times and if your call isn't answered, please try again. 
IMPORTANT MESSAGE (Nov 2015). We may be having some difficulties with connecting with calls. If you call during our operating hours > 1 time and no one answers, please email us to let us know this is happening. We'll do what we can to connect via phone as soon as possible.

-Email: geneseopeeradvocacy@gmail.com

                        To ensure anonymity, use an email address unassociated with your name (e.g., not a Geneseo email address)

            -Chat online:  Pathways is on Hangouts!  Chat with us 8 pm to midnight  Google has replaced GTalk with Hangouts. Unfortunately, Hangouts is not an application available under the Geneseo Gmail domain. This means your Geneseo Gmail account will have a hard time connecting with us. We recommend that you create a new Gmail account that doesn't include your actual name in order to chat with us anonymously. In the new account, click on the magnifying glass on the left panel, search  geneseopeeradvocacy@gmail.com,  and send us a message when you're ready.   Even if we appear to be offline from 8pm to midnight, we're available. As of Jan 2014, we no longer use AIM due to technical difficulties.

If you'd rather try using your Geneseo Gmail account, search geneseopeeradvocacy@gmail.com,  in the chat bar and click 'invite to chat'  Often, these invitations take a while to appear on our end, so if you don't see that we are online wtihin 5-10 min, please email us to let us know that you are waiting.

Here are step by step instructions to chat us via Hangouts  from an iphone:

                  To ensure anonymity, create/use an alterative gmail account before contacting our chat services so your first and last name don't show up as part of your Geneseo gmail.

Forms of Contact  In addition to contact via phone, email, or chat, Advocates also might meet with a student to discuss concerns in person or accompany her or him to various offices on campus, etc., depending on the circumstances.

About Our Mission

At times, all people need help.

     We listen, without judging, why others think, feel, or act as they do.

     We believe others who tell us what is happening in their lives.

     We respect others’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, even when we do not fully understand.

     We seek understanding by asking constructive, non-invasive questions and reflecting on the answers provided.

     We acknowledge that people do the best that they can.

     We trust others to be competent and resourceful and to have expertise regarding their own lives.

     We support others as they consider alternative ways of thinking, feeling, or acting.

     We accept that change is difficult and often requires resources that a person may not have.

     We tolerate uncertainty about what others “should” do – in truth, we have no way to know.

     We celebrate diversity; there’s no single right way to understand or address a problem or to live one’s life.  



Pathways is generously supported by Campus Auxillary Services, Department of Psychology, the Division of Student and Campus Life, and the Office of the Provost.