Changing Carolina Peer Leaders

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Who we are!

Changing Carolina Peer Leaders are a group of diverse USC undergraduate student leaders who have a passion for health education and wellness. We come from all academic disciplines and backgrounds and are involved in a variety of on-campus initiatives and organizations. Together, we represent a commitment to making the University a healthier and better place for students to live, work, and play! We are a member group of BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA, the national peer education student organization.

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Changing Carolina Peer Leaders are involved with a variety of health issues relevant to college students, including:

  • Physical activity
  • Nutrition
  • Body image
  • Eating disorders
  • Stress management
  • Suicide prevention
  • Sleep
  • Sexual health
  • Healthy relationships
  • Interpersonal violence prevention
  • Tobacco treatment

Changing Carolina Peer Leaders provide programs on many dimensions of wellness but are also able to specialize their training through involvement in one of the three Special Interest Groups (SPIGs).

    • General Wellness
    • Mental Health
    • Sex & Relationships

The Changing Carolina Peers work to create a healthy campus through peer-facilitated presentations and campus-wide awareness campaigns and events, such as:

    Events & Campaigns

    • Get Yourself Talking campaign
    • Body Project sessions
    • Curbside Wellness Fair
    • Stroll Out Stigma event
    • National Depression Screening events
    • De-Stress Fest tables
    • Sex Positive events
    • Carolina Beautiful initiatives
    • Healthy Carolina Farmer Market tables
    • Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities
    • Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities
    • Stalking Awareness Month activities


    • Healthy Gamecocks
    • Eustress, De-Stress, We All Stress
    • Take the Risky Out of Frisky
    • Healthy Relationships, Communication, and Consent Made Easy
    • Stand-up Carolina

Our Successes!

Some highlights of what you can do as a Changing Carolina Peer Leader, on and off campus, locally and nationally. This year, we:

celebrity mental health advocates

  • Presented at the national peer education conference (BACCHS General Assembly) in Reston, VA
  • Presented at the Healthy Carolina Mental Health Summit
  • Taught over 2,000 students in U101 classes
  • Received multiple peer spotlight awards
  • Volunteered at every Student Health Services Flu Clinic
  • Helped our community by volunteering time and muscles during the October Floods

We also had several current peer leaders and CCPL alumni be published nationally:

celebrity mental health advocates Margaret Kramer was a two term president for Changing Carolina Peer Leaders and was recently published in Women’s Health for being an advocate for mental health:

Hannah Doelling is the former Mental Health SPIG chair and before she graduated was published in the Huffington Post for her article about managing stress to improve sleep:

Elizabeth Rizor is the current Mental Health SPIG chair and was recently published in the Huffington Post for her article about rebranding sleep:

Students interested in becoming a Changing Carolina Peer Leader are encouraged to apply to the program during the fall semester. You’ll go through an application and interview process. Accepted students will complete a 3-credit hour course during the spring semester to receive the specialized training necessary to be a Changing Carolina Peer Leader. Following successful completion of the course, students are able to facilitate interactive, educational presentations to student groups while planning, promoting, and delivering campus-wide programs, events and initiatives. 

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For more information about the Changing Carolina Peer Leader program at USC and how to get involved, please contact:
Michael Crowley: Healthy Campus Initiatives – Health Educator
Changing Carolina Lead Advisor