Our mission is to promote women’s wellness by sharing information; creating opportunities for exploration, communication, and change on an individual and community level; and advocating institutional practices and a campus environment that support healthful bodies, minds, and spirits at Barnard College.
As peer educators, we emphasize that paying attention to health and well-being is essential to thriving as a student, a person, and a community. We believe wellness and health involve integrating body, mind, spirit, and community in an ongoing, life-long process. We see wellness as a continuum that most of us move around on, rather than an “achievement.”
Our philosophy of wellness relies on cultivating and strengthening students’ capacities for self-care, building caring communities, pleasure, play, confidence, agency, empowerment, consensual relationships, and mindfulness. Our holistic approach to wellness seeks to recognize and nurture the physical, intellectual, emotional, social, occupational, spiritual, cultural, and service dimensions of human growth and development; we understand that each of these dimensions can affect the others.
We respect that each women’s beliefs, values, and needs may lead her to pursue her own path to well-being. We believe that the right to choose how to control and express her sexuality and reproduction is necessary to women’s wellness. We advocate increasing equitable access to healthful environments, choices, and resources (including knowledge and services). We believe that these are essential elements of well-being.
As peer educators we pledge to:
- recognize and respect differences among students and cultures, and attempt to create safe, respectful spaces for conversation and learning;
- learn all we can about women’s health and wellness;
- learn tools and practice skills that enable us to think about our bodies, lives, relationships, communities, and environments in ways that enhance well-being and enable us to engage as fully as we can in the world;
- share our knowledge and skills with fellow students in a generous, open, and sensitive way;
- help raise consciousness on campus about wellness issues;
- listen creatively to people’s wellness goals and help them think about articulate ways to reach those goals;
- preserve confidentiality at all times.