One of our newest initiatives at CAPS is our Peer Education Program (PEP). The CAPS peers help support the mission of our counseling center by fighting stigma, facilitating workshops, helping with marketing, and other projects. Today’s student hero is Gisselle Stayerman, a member of our first peer educator class! If you’d like to be a hero like Gisselle, keep an eye on the blog in upcoming weeks for information on volunteer opportunities with PEP or our Student Advisory Board.
What’s your favorite part about being a UCSC student?
My favorite thing about being a UCSC student, is being able to step out of class and be surrounded by nature. There are many cool spots to discover throughout campus.
Tell us about something you’re passionate about outside of school (e.g., clubs, hobbies, interests, volunteering, activities, etc.)
My favorite thing to do in my free time is to travel to new places, and explore new cultures. I also love listening to music and creating art. I am passionate about building supportive and empowering communities by addressing social justice issues such as economic inequality, discrimination, and education about mental health from a psychosocial perspective.
If you could share one thing that you’d like your peers to know about CAPS, what would it be?
The fast pace of the academic life style can be stressful; you should know that you have a place to turn to when you need some advice. CAPS has a very warm and professional staff that can help you with whatever you are going through, and provide you with valuable life skills. The services are confidential and FREE!