Get Involved

Columbia Health encourages students from across the University to get involved by volunteering as educators and advocates. Find an opportunity below.

Gay Health Advocacy Project advocates are student volunteers trained to address a broad range of issues pertaining to sexual and emotional health. Advocates provide information about the prevention and treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), as well as the psychological factors connected to these issues.

New advocate recruitment and training takes place each year in the fall semester. Students from all of Columbia’s undergraduate and graduate schools, as well as affiliate institutions, are welcome to apply. To learn more about becoming an advocate, call us at 212-854-6655 or email

Peer advocates provide survivors and their supporters with confidential emotional support, accompaniment, and referrals to on- and off-campus resources. They also help survivors make informed decisions about their medical, legal, and disciplinary options. Peer advocates receive 40 hours of training and are supervised by advisers at Columbia and Barnard.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a peer advocate, apply online.

Peer educators with the Sexual Violence Response program are students of all gender identities committed to preventing sexual and intimate partner violence and to educating their peers about healthy relationships and sexuality. Peer educators participate in 40 hours of training to:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of sexual and intimate partner violence
  • Hone facilitation techniques
  • Learn presentation skills

They also participate in continuing education to refine these skills.

Peer educators facilitate interactive workshops and discussions both on- and off-campus, plan events for sexual assault and relationship violence awareness months, and engage in community outreach.

Peer educators provide the University community with information about:

  • Sexual violence and relationship abuse
  • Campus services available for survivors and co-survivors
  • Positive ways to communicate about sex
  • Social and cultural norms that can contribute to violence
  • How to create a safe and supportive environment that does not tolerate sexual violence

Request a workshop for your team with our peer educators by completing the online Sexual Violence Response workshop request form.

Apply to become a peer educator by completing the peer educator application.

For more information, contact Sexual Violence Response at 212-854-4357.

CU Well Peer Leaders facilitate honest conversations with students about alcohol and other drug issues and healthy lifestyle behaviors. This leadership position offers an opportunity to learn about alcohol and other drug issues, stress management, and healthy lifestyle behaviors. Peer leaders speak to incoming first-years about managing choices as they transition into the Columbia community; and they act as campus leaders throughout the year on outreach initiatives to create a smart, safe, responsible, and well University community.

Peer leaders work primarily through two key initiatives:

  • Live Well. Learn Well—a one-hour discussion aimed at equipping first-year students with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage stressors they may experience as Columbia students.
  • Responsible Community @ Columbia (RC@C)—a one-hour peer-facilitated conversation designed to assist students in leading healthier lives by empowering them to make smart, safe, responsible decisions regarding alcohol and other drug use.


Peer leaders are expected to be positive role models representing Alice! Health Promotion, Residential Life, and Columbia University at all times. They are expected to demonstrate and promote responsible choices and healthy behaviors regarding alcohol and other drugs and promote positive stress management.

CU Well Peer Leader applications are no longer being accepted for the 2018-2019 academic year. To learn more about how you can get involved, email Alicia Czachowski at or Padma Ravichandran at

Stressbusters are teams of undergraduate and graduate students who help Columbians relax by delivering free neck and back rubs and promoting positive stress-coping techniques at events throughout the Columbia community.

At Stressbusters training, learn relaxation techniques from a licensed massage therapist and receive a $10 gift card for each hour of service. Stressbusters are only required to work a minimum of two events per year to remain active, allowing great flexibility in scheduling.

For more information or to attend the next training, call 212-854-5453 or email

The Student Health Advisory Committee acts as a liaison between the Columbia student body and the six departments and offices of Columbia Health:

  • Alice! Health Promotion
  • Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Disability Services
  • Insurance and Immunization Compliance
  • Medical Services and Gay Health Advocacy Project
  • Sexual Violence Response

The committee has three primary goals:

  1. To facilitate communication between students and Columbia Health administration and personnel
  2. To establish an active link to the student community for Columbia Health information and activities
  3. To involve students in the planning and implementation of student health-related programs and services

Who serves on the committee?

The Student Health Advisory Committee is comprised of Columbia students and works with the Columbia Health leadership team to determine committee priorities and initiatives. The committee includes both undergraduate and graduate students. Various student groups, organizations, and representatives from student government are members of the committee. Members are expected to attend committee meetings and maintain a high level of engagement with the committee.

When does the committee meet?

The committee holds monthly meetings during the academic year To find out when the next committee meeting will be held, email

How does someone become a committee member?

If you are interested in joining the committee as a member, or have any questions about membership expectations, email

Questions or concerns?

For questions or to bring a concern to the attention of the committee, email

Student Employment Opportunities

Be a valuable part of Columbia Health programs, services, and initiatives. We have opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, including work-study.