Peer advocates typically are available during fall and spring semesters when classes are in session, not during exams or breaks. Please see our "contact us" page for more info and to learn how to reach us via phone, email, or online chat.
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.
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 info to students managing various challenges such as 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 info for these services may be offered to those interested. Peer Advocates also present on-campus educational programs.
Students may contact Peer Advocates for anonymous assistance (see additional info on our Contact Us page. All info 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 serious physical danger or death.
If you've used Pathways, we welcome your feedback.
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 the Department of Psychology.