Alcohol, Tobacco, & Other Drugs (ATOD) Peer Educators

ATOD Peer Educators 

ATOD Peer Educators work with Health & Wellness staff to engage UNH students in conversations about choices regarding alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.

The choice to use or not use alcohol, tobacco or other drugs has an impact on every dimension of  wellness. As a student, your input and expertise related to college life and health are invaluable. As a peer educator, you will have a unique opportunity to share this expertise with your peers and have a direct impact on their health, well-being, and choices related to ATOD.

ATOD Peer Educators are students with a wide variety of experience when it comes to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.  Students who apply will not be excluded from consideration based on their personal choices.

This program is supervised by our Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Educators/Counselors Nancy Bushinsky and Michael Glennon.

ATOD Peer Educators…

  • Support peers in making informed choices regarding use or non-use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs.
  • Utilize a non-judgmental approach when working with peers.
  • Learn how beliefs, values, and relationships shape decisions about how often and how much people use.
  • Design programs and outreach activities focused on the needs of UNH students as related to ATOD and wellness to include:
    • national awareness campaigns (e.g. Great American Smokeout)
    • high risk campus events (e.g. Homecoming, concerts)
    • Health & Wellness events throughout the year
  • Present educational programs that use facts and evidence to encourage students to reflect on their choices and wellness goals.
  • Learn more about themselves, acquire knowledge, enhance their public speaking skills, facilitate group discussions and become more active in the UNH community.

Expectations of UNH ATOD Peer Educators

  • Commit to serving as an ATOD Peer Educator for at least two (2) semesters starting in Fall 2019.
  • Complete Health & Wellness peer education training program.
  • Work collaboratively with Health & Wellness staff and other peer education group.
  • Signed agreement to be part of the Health & Wellness team.
  • Time commitment of approximately 3 hours/week.
  • Weekly meetings (60 minutes/week).
  • Participation on sub-committee (60 minutes/week), as needed.
  • Implementation of health promotion activities (60-90 minutes/week).
  • Attend monthly training on health specific topics (1 hour/month).
  • Attend UNH events as a peer educator (1x/month).


Applications have been extended until Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 5:00 pm.