As you all know a Program Advocate oversees the exceptional PRC, however we are also given specific areas and responsibilities to specialize in. I am also what is called a Resource Specialist. By definition, my job is to compile and update the database with presenter information, recruit event and activity presenters and speakers, and promote events and activities to the Residence Life staff.
So how does this specifically pertain to you PRC users?
Our hope is for you to conduct programs for your hall. Stuck on what kind of program to do? Well, one of greatest resources that should be utilized here at the College of William and Mary is H.O.P.E (Health Outreach Peer Educators). If you don’t already know, this is a student organization whose goal is to provide the William and Mary community with up-to-date and reliable health information.
Won’t my residence see this as just an extended, extended orientation? Not if you don’t make it one!
As the school year progresses stress, schoolwork, and everything in-between begins to pile up. We forget or simply neglect to make the time to take care of ourselves. By having a presenter come to your hall and give a quick yet beneficial presentation on a topic of YOUR RESIDENCE’S choice you’re 1. Program advocating, 2. Instilling helpful advice upon your hall, and 3. Striving to facilitate an on-going dialogue about health issues. During orientation freshman are thrown so much information and advice that they forget much of the resources available to them on campus. Upperclassman as well should be provided a friendly reminder of the health issues they face. By holding a H.O.P.E presentation after students have submersed themselves into the college lifestyle your residence are better equipped to reflect and find room for improvement.
Presentations are only 15 minutes long, so your residents can definitely make the time for this program! You could even hold an informal discussion after the presentation to get feedback on their reaction to the presenter, the topic itself, and the overall success of the program.
By following the link below, you’ll be taken to a list of programs offered by H.O.P.E
What are you waiting for? Try it out!