Student Involvement

Emmons offers a number of ways for Oxy students to get involved.

Student Wellness Advisory Council (SWAC)

The Emmons Student Wellness Advisory Council is a student-driven, active leadership group that guides student advocacy on wellness issues. The Council advises staff on student needs and services, conducts outreach and wellness promotion activities, and engages in the education of peers. Meet our current SWAC 

SWAC members seek to:

  • Develop professional relationships with Emmons Wellness Center professional staff
  • Learn about and address issues in the delivery of medical, psychological and survivor services
  • Advise Emmons on issues affecting student wellness
  • Design, develop, and implement outreach and education strategies
  • Increase their understanding of health and wellness issues
  • Initiate peer-to-peer collaboration and partnering with related leadership groups and departments

SWAC accepts new members annually. We encourage students who are interested in campus health issues to attend our events and email swac@oxy.edu for information about SWAC and Emmons. Read more about our current SWAC members.


Peer Health Exchange

The Peer Health Exchange is a National Organization that works with local colleges to recruit and train their student volunteers to be health educators in the classroom. As slightly older peers, PHE’s health educators are well-positioned to lead honest conversations about high school students’ choices and health. PHE is committed to recruiting a diverse cohort of health educators who come from similar backgrounds to the students they teach to facilitate strong relationships between health educators and students.

The PHE curriculum is designed to give teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions. PHE staff developed these workshops with the support of a team of curriculum advisors ranging from adolescent health experts to high school teachers. The curriculum also aligns with national health and education standards. PHE’s curriculum is culturally-relevant, age-appropriate, and medically-accurate.

Visit the Peer Health Exchange website


Active Minds at Oxy

Active Minds is the leading nonprofit organization that empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking.  The organization is changing the culture on campuses and in the community by providing information, leadership opportunities and advocacy training to the next generation.

By developing and supporting chapters of a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy group on campuses nationwide, the nonprofit organization works to increase students’ awareness of mental health issues, provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness, encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed, and serve as a liaison between students and the mental health community. Visit Active Minds on Facebook.