WSU Health & Wellness Advocates

The Student Health & Wellness Advocate Program is comprised of approximately 20 WSU and SE Tech students committed to promoting wellness and healthy lifestyles by modeling healthy choices to their peers. The Health & Wellness Advocates act as a resource for campus and community through educative events and presentations as well as weekly service hours conducted in The WELL, IWC 138.


Health & Wellness Advocates act as a resource for student health related issues and concerns. Health & Wellness Advocates serve as educators of other students regarding Winona State University’s seven dimensions of wellness, in addition to sharing information, prevention strategies, and referring students to other wellness resources on, and off, campus.

Advocates are Certified Peer Educators through the BACCHUS network, as well as certified in First Aid and CPR. They are trained in several Health & Wellness topic areas and share their knowledge through teaching information to classes, clubs, or teams on campus, as requested

Health & Wellness Advocates are selected through a rolling application process. Students must be able to commit to a minimum of one full semester to become an advocate.

Download the Advocate Application. (PDF)

Applications are only accepted in person. Please submit completed applications to the Health Promotion staff located in The Well (IWC 138).

Meetings for Health & Wellness Advocates are held in The WELL (IWC 138) on every other Wednesday, at 6 pm.

  • CPR/First Aid/AED Certification
  • Great resume builder
  • Free training and education
  • All majors welcome/all grades welcome
  • Ten hours per month for training, volunteer hours and speakers
  • Provide an example for living and promoting a healthy lifestyle
  • Health & Wellness Advocate Alumni, we want to hear from you! We would be so excited to hear from you and share your updates on our new Health & Wellness Advocate Alumni section. Don't want to share any stories? That's fine too! Feel free to just submit your name and email address to help us keep our contact records updated.

     Health & Wellness Advocate Alumni Form


    Kasi Johnson

    Advocate: 2010-2013 

    Currently living in Winona, MN and working at Back to Health!

    Being a Student Health & Wellness Advocate gave me the opportunity to promote a healthy living on campus. I was trained in different areas and learned more about Health Services and the IWC. The organization also helped me to build relationships with students and faculty members. I highly recommend students to become involved with the Student Health Advocate Club, because it will open up more opportunities for you as a student and as a WSU Alumni.


    Whitney Sizer

    Advocate: 2012-2013

    Currently living in Minneapolis and working at a mental health clinic!

    My favorite memory of the Health & Wellness Advocate club was feeling like I was a part of something that made a difference on campus. My experience as a Health & Wellness advocate was great. I wish I would have been a part of the club earlier in my college career. It provided me with so many great opportunities to network with the WSU staff and my peers.  I was also able to grow as a leader and a role model on campus!


    Alicia Alverson

    Advocate: 2011-2014

    Currently living in Rochester and working as a Nurse at Mayo Clinic!

    Student Health & Wellness Advocates is a great club to get involved with on campus because you are actively involved in different campaigns and promotions covering various dimensions of health & wellness. I really liked that we were able to educate people in fun ways using things like beer goggles or mock-tails in promotion of safe alcohol use. Plus, I had so much fun getting to know other people that were interested in making a difference on the WSU campus as well as within the Winona community.


    Ryan Bergseng

    Advocate: 2014

    Currently living at Fort Rucker, AL and I am in U.S. Army Flight School program to become a UH-60 Blackhawk Pilot.

    Being able to be apart of the WSU Health and Wellness Advocates club was a fun and great experience. It allowed to not only have the opportunity to share and express my own insight of what it means to be physically and mentally fit, but I was also able to learn so much more. Being apart the Advocates club was never a dulling experience, getting to host events and connect with student and faculty was always a lot of fun and very gratifying. It also afforded me the opportunity to know about all the great resources offered at the IWC, and gave me the knowledge to share that information with my fellow students and staff. Being an advocate helped me to gain many lifelong interpersonal skills and also much knowledge about living healthy!