GHAP Advocates

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

New Advocate recruitment and training take 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, contact us.

Peer Advocates, Sexual Violence Response

Peer Advocates provide survivors and their supporters with confidential emotional support, accompaniment and referrals to on-campus and off-campus resources. They 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, Sexual Violence Response

Peer Educators with Sexual Violence Response are students of all gender identities who are committed to preventing sexual and intimate partner violence and educating their peers about healthy relationships and sexuality. Peer Educators participate in 40 hours of training as well as continuing education to help them gain an in-depth understanding of sexual and intimate partner violence and key facilitation and presentation 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 outreach efforts to inform the community about services available.

Peer Educators provide the campus 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, and ways in which we can get involved to create a safe and supportive environment where sexual violence is not tolerated.

Request a workshop with SVR’s Peer Educators by completing the online Sexual Violence Response workshop request form.

To become an SVR Peer Educator, apply online by completing the Peer Educator application.

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

Alice! Health Promotion Peer Leader: Home of RC@C and Live Well. Learn Well.

Programs to facilitate honest conversations with students about alcohol and other drug issues and healthy lifestyle behaviors at Columbia. 

Thank you for expressing interest in serving as a facilitator for this successful initiative, co-sponsored by Alice! Health Promotion and Residential Life.  If selected, you will have the opportunity to facilitate both the Responsible Community at Columbia (RC@C) and Live Well. Learn Well. programs during NSOP. This training and facilitation offers an opportunity to learn about alcohol and other drug issues, stress management and healthy lifestyle behaviors, to speak to incoming first-years about managing their choices as they transition into the Columbia community, and to participate as a campus leader throughout the year on outreach initiatives to create a smart, safe, responsible, and well community at Columbia.

Why become a Peer Leader?    

  • Impact our community in a smart, safe, and responsible way 
  • Facilitate both RC@C and Live Well. Learn Well. NSOP session and assist incoming students by:    
  • Supporting the rights of all students to make their own choices regarding alcohol and other drugs  
  • Ensuring students understand residential policy as it relates to choices regarding alcohol and other drugs  
  • Empowering students to engage in healthy lifestyle behaviors that can help them to manage stress during their time at Columbia     
  • Gain leadership and facilitation experience 
  • Meet new people  

What is Live Well. Learn Well.?

Live Well. Learn Well. is a one-hour discussion aimed at equipping first year students with the knowledge and skills to deal with stressors they may experience as Columbia students. The skills practiced during this session will help students learn how to reduce the stress response when faced with potentially stressful situations and, when they experience it, manage stress in a healthy way.

What is RC@C?

Responsible Community @ Columbia (RC@C), a one-hour peer facilitated program, is designed to assist students in leading healthier lives by empowering them to make smart, safe, and responsible decisions regarding alcohol and other drug use.


Peer Leaders are expected to act as positive role models representing Alice! Health Promotion, Residential Life, and Columbia University at all times. There is an expectation that peer leaders demonstrate and promote responsible choice and healthy behaviors regarding alcohol and other drugs and promote positive stress management.  Applicants who currently have a judicial sanctioning of probation or above are excluded from participation as a facilitator. Leaders are expected to participate throughout the academic year.

Alice! Peer Leader applications are no longer being accepted for the 2017-2018 academic year. To learn more about how you can get involved in the future, please contact Alicia Czachowski or Padma Ravichandran.


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

Come to Alice!’s Stressbusters Training and learn techniques from a professional Licensed Massage Therapist. The rewards of being a Stressbuster are endless, including receiving 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 Stressbusters training, email or call (212) 854-5453.

Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC)

What does SHAC do?

SHAC acts as a liaison between the Columbia student body and the six departments and offices of Columbia Health (Alice! Health Promotion, Counseling & Psychological Services, Disability Services, Insurance and Immunization Compliance, Medical Services, and Sexual Violence Response), including Medical Services’ Gay Health Advocacy Project (GHAP).

SHAC 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; and
  3. To involve students in the planning and implementation of student health-related programs and services for the University community.

Who serves on SHAC?

SHAC is comprised of Columbia University students and is organized into three groups: a Leadership Team, Committee Members, and Student Representatives. SHAC includes both undergraduate and graduate students. Various student groups, orgnizations, and representatives from student government are members of SHAC. Members and Representatives are expected to attend General meetings and maintain a high-level of engagement with the Committee.

How does someone become a SHAC Member or Representative?

If you are interested in joining SHAC as a Committee Member, you will need to complete an online SHAC application (applications are closed at this time). If you would like to be a Representative for your student group or organization or have any questions about membership expectations, please email

When does SHAC meet?

SHAC holds monthly General Meetings during the academic year. SHAC General Meetings are open to ALL STUDENTS, regardless of membership status. We welcome visitors; however, only Members and Representatives are eligible for leadership opportunities (including any committee work) and determining SHAC priorities. To find out when the next General Meeting is, email

How can non-members stay informed about SHAC's work?

If you would like to stay appraised of SHAC happenings and review meeting minutes, but are not interested in becoming a member, sign up for the SHAC listserv by sending a note to


For questions or to bring a concern to the attention of SHAC, send an email to


Last updated May 04, 2017