Faculty/Staff Wellbeing Ambassador Program

The Faculty/Staff Wellbeing Ambassador Program is a new offering from Student Health and Wellbeing Services at Humboldt State University. Partially funded by a Federal SAMHSA Garret Lee Smith Grant, the Faculty/Staff Wellbeing Ambassadors are an integral part of the HSU Campus Connect Support Network which is aimed at understanding and addressing the disparities around physical and mental health that Humboldt State Students face. 

Selected staff and faculty members serve as beacons to guide colleagues in their area to vital health and wellbeing resources available to students. Each year they are offered special training opportunities each semester to ensure they are supported in this role.

Each Faculty/Staff Wellbeing Ambassador will be trained in the following modules:

Module A: Data & Basic Resources

Who do we serve? This module is aimed at introducing staff an faculty to what we know about HSU students' mental health, and the processes used to evaluate our student's need and to the health and wellbeing services offered on campus. After this module, Wellbeing Ambassadors should be able to articulate the unique mental and physical health and barriers facing our students and know what resources students can be referred too.

Module B: Campus Connect Suicide Prevention Training 

Developed by the Syracuse University Counseling Center, Campus Connect is a gatekeeper training program for college and university faculty, staff, and students. The experientially based training is designed to enhance participant’s knowledge, awareness, and skills concerning college student suicide. Specifically, Campus Connect aims to increase participant’s knowledge about suicide statistics, risk and protective factors, warning signs, and referral resources; to increase empathic listening skills, communication skills, and the ability to ask individuals if they are thinking about suicide; and to increase self-awareness concerning the potential emotional reactions gatekeepers may experience when interacting with students in crisis. 

Module C: Check IT Presentation & Mindfulness

This module will give a more detailed look at HSU's award-winning bystander intervention program Check IT, mindfulness and gratitude practices, as well as reflection & boundary building skills for Wellbeing Ambassadors. 

Module D: Adverse Childhood Experiences & Role Play

This module gives a more detailed look at how Adverse Childhood Experiences and trauma can affect students experience in college as well as how to increase students feelings of belonging on campus. It will also include an opportunity for Wellbeing Ambassadors to role play all the skills they have learned with campus Peer Health Educators. 


What Each Wellbeing Ambassador Will Learn:

• What's available regardless of insurance in our campus health center and how to direct students who need an appointment.

• Data from local and national benchmarking research identifying the top issues faced by our students, the impact of limited community medical and mental health resources, and how our Oh Sure! program helps uninsured students enroll at no cost.

• How to recognize when a student is in crisis, ask directly about suicidal thoughts, offer support, and connect to resources including Counseling & Psychological Services 826-3236 or National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You will also learn about how a campus can best respond when a student dies.

• What counseling really looks like, how a brief-therapy model makes it possible to help the 50% of HSU students who meet with our small team of therapists on the way to graduation, and what makes group therapy more effective for so many of our students.

• Signs a student is struggling with alcohol or other drug issues, why the actual number of students who use on a regular basis is lower than many think, and where to refer those who want help.

• The range of on-demand health modules and campus events in areas like sleep, stress management, motivation, sexual health, belonging social support, and nutrition available from our peer health educators.

• Using the The HSU Wellbeing Map, an interactive guide to a healthier campus experience, to help students and families easily connect to the right programs for their needs and get back to class.

• How our nationally recognized bystander intervention program CHECK IT empowers action when we see acts of sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking in our community and make clear to those who choose to commit acts of harm that it’s not acceptable.

• About the large group of food insecure students, why canned-food drives don't work, and how donating to Oh SNAP! Student Food Programs supports the student food pantry, CalFresh benefits signups, and other food and nutrition education.


Current Faculty/Staff Wellbeing Ambassadors:

Name:Department:Module A:Module B:Module C:Module D:
Rich Boone(CNRS) DeanCompleted   
Julie Tucker(CNRS) Dean's OfficeCompleted   
Anna Thaler Peterson(CNRS) Biological SciencesCompleted   
Josh Smith(CNRS) ChemistryCompleted   
Ryan Rasmussen(CNRS) Computer ScienceCompleted   
Beth Eschenbach(CNRS) EngineeringCompleted   
Gilly Black(CNRS) Env Sci & ManagementCompleted   
Andre Buchheister(CNRS) Fisheries BiologyCompleted   
Lucy Kerhoulas(CNRS) Forestry and Wildland ResourcesCompleted 
Maurine Nicholson(CNRS) Forestry and Wildland ResourcesCompleted 
Laurie Marx (CNRS) GeologyCompleted 
 Brandon Browne
(CNRS) GeologyCompleted 
 Christine Cass(CNRS) OceanographyCompleted 
Danielle Trapkus(CNRS) OceanographyCompleted  
Ruth Saunders(CNRS) Physics & AstronomyCompleted 
Micaela GuntherCNRS) WildlifeCompleted  
Kelda Quintana(CNRS) Academic Career & AdvisingCompleted   


If you see any mistakes on this list please contact Ravin Craig, ravin.craig@humboldt.edu

If you are interested in becoming a Faculty/Staff Wellbeing Ambassador please email Mira Friedman, mira@humboldt.edu