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Wellness Education Bandits 

The Wellness Education Bandits are a diverse group of UR students who receive extensive peer education training to educate their classmates about college lifestyle and wellness issues in a positive, interactive, fun, and non-judgemental manner. They provide information to their peers they promotes a healthy lifestyle that carries them through college and into adulthood. Comprehensive training prepares the Bandits to: provide confidential patient education sessions; facilitate dynamic outreach programs; encourage physical, mental, and spiritual health; create informative awareness events; and promote community support to create a healthy campus culture. The Bandits are dedicated to providing education and community support with sensitivity to race, gender, sexual orientation, culture, religion, and individual capabilities. Students selected via application to be a part of the Bandit team should be able to attend weekly meetings and volunteer at both Student Health Center and Bandit events.

Peer Sexual Misconduct Advisors 

The Peer Sexual Misconduct Advisors (PSMAs) are UR students who serve as confidential peer advisors trained in Title IX policy, procedure, and emotional support resources. PSMAs are Richmond College, Westhampton College, or Law School students who are selected through an application process and complete extensive training from the Title IX Coordinator, URPD, CAPS, St. Mary’s Hospital, Safe Harbor, Spiders for Spiders, the Virginia Anti-Violence Project, and Common Ground. All contact is confidential because the PSMAs are not employees of the University. PSMAs can: provide students with information on reporting options, processes, and procedures; attend meetings students have throughout their reporting processes; connect students to resources; connect students to funding options as needed (transportation, health care needs, etc); help students report sexual misconduct violations to appropriate officials; communicate with Title IX Coordinators on behalf of a student as an emotional support; fill out reporting forms with students upon request; and accompany students to St. Mary’s Hospital or other medical providers. A Peer Sexual Misconduct Advisor is available at all times and can be connected with a student through emailing psma@richmond.edu or contacting any of the following: URPD, a Dean’s office, their Resident Advisor (RA), their Area Coordinator, CAPS, or the Greater Richmond Regional Hotline.

Law PSMAs

The Law School Peer Sexual Misconduct Advisors (Law PSMAs) are UR Law students who serve as confidential peer advisors trained in Title IX policy, procedure, and emotional support resources. Law PSMAs are selected through an application process and complete extensive training from the Title IX Coordinator, URPD, CAPS, The Center for Awareness, Response & Education (CARE), St. Mary's Hospital, Safe Harbor, Spiders for Spiders, the Virginia Anti-Violence Project, and Common Ground. All contact is confidential because Law PSMAs are not employees of the University. PSMAs can: provide students with information on reporting options, processes, and procedures; attend meetings students have throughout their reporting processes; connect students to resources; connect students to funding options as needed (transportation, health care needs, etc); help students report sexual misconduct violations to appropriate officials; communicate with Title IX Coordinators on behalf of a student as an emotional support; fill out reporting forms with students upon request; and accompany students to St. Mary's Hospital or other medical providers. Law PSMAs are available to respond within one business day of a student reaching out while classes are in session. Students be connected with a Law PSMA through emailing lawpsma@richmond.edu, or calling or texting 804.347.9586.

CAPS Interns

CAPS Outreach Internship. Outreach Intern duties and responsibilities center on various outreach and educational programs (for UR students) on issues related to college student mental health and wellbeing, under the supervision of Dr. Kris Day. These issues may include positive psychology, stress management, relationship issues, CAPS services, online mental health screening tests, and wellness issues (e.g., exercise, sleep). CAPS interns are encouraged to collaborate and co-program with other groups and organizations (e.g. Active Minds, Images, Web Bandits, PSMAs). The CAPS interns are involved in planning a "Stress Out" event near the end of each semester (usually in partnership with Chaplaincy staff). About a half dozen students are typically selected for this internship. 

 (1) CAPS Marketing and Social Media Internship.  This internship will overlap with the outreach internship regarding participating in weekly meetings and some programming/outreach efforts.  The selected intern will spearhead marketing and social media efforts related to CAPSprogramming, and CAPS intern events and programs. This intern will work closely with other student development divisions as well as other university departments (i.e. athletics, law school) to ensure consistency in marketing and collaboration of efforts. This intern might be asked to attend certain departmental meetings as a means of staying connected with and aware of other UR WELL departmental programs.   1 student will be selected for this internship. 

 (2) CAPS Research Internship. The Research Intern will work with the CAPS Director, Dr. Peter LeViness, to create and analyze appropriate datasets available to CAPS that pertain to college student mental health. The work may include data entry, converting Excel files into SPSS, merging SPSS files, running analyses in SPSS (e.g., means, frequencies, Chi-square), creating charts, tables, and Excel files of the results of various analyses.  There may be opportunities to co-present aspects of data analyzed to appropriate audiences on campus.  An interest in statistics and data analysis is required for this internship.  Some experience using Excel and SPSS is also very valuable. 1 student will be selected for this internship. 

 (3) CAPS Peer Support Specialist Internship.  The peer support specialist internship is open to all students who are interested in being a point of contact for students who may be in need of immediate mental health assistance through a text warm line. This position will provide hands-on experience to students who may be interested in pursuing future careers in mental health, counseling, healthcare, and/or any person-centered, help-related fields. Peer support specialists will receive appropriate training in Fall 2020, and commit to at least six hours per week of shifts as a peer support specialist for the new campus text-in warm line. The warm-line is a non-urgent text option for UR students, and will be available to receive texts during designated evening and weekend hours (at least one late-hour shift will be required each week). Specialists will be expected to offer confidential, empathetic support to students who reach out for assistance, under the supervision of Dr. Kris Day. Training will prepare the peer support specialists to handle the situations they may come in contact with, so no prior experience is required to be considered.  A half dozen or more students may be selected for this new internship.