Student Health Associates and Peer Educators (S.H.A.PE.)
What is SHAPE?
SHAPE stands for: Student Health Associates and Peer Educators
The mission of SHAPE is to improve the lives of African American women by engaging Spelman College students, Atlanta University school s, and the surrounding community in dialogue and frank discussions about health and health lifestyles, for positive outcomes.
SHAPE is also committed to ensuring that Spelman women and the community know how to build and maintain healthy lifestyles for today and tomorrow, our mission is accomplished through creative and innovative strategies incorporating education and information with the following committees:
(1) Women’s Health and HIV/AIDS/STIs/Abstinence
(2) Chronic Diseases and Nutrition and Fitness
SHAPE understands that Black women are an integral part of black families, the community and ultimately the world and we are committed to keeping black women strong and healthy for years to come.
SHAPE consists of:
- Students committed to health education and prevention
- Advisers committed to the mission of SHAPE
SHAPE members are trained in:
- HIV/AIDS/STIs/Abstinence education
- Women’s Health conditions such as breast cancer and contraception
- Nutrition and Fitness
- Chronic Diseases
- Programming and presentations
SHAPE duties are to:
- Promote good health for Spelman College students and the community
- Serve as health advocates in promoting wellness
- Help prevent the spread of diseases and infections through education and information
- Serve are peer counselors to fellow classmates, students, and friends
- Make SHAPE a priority while at Spelman College
- Attend all meetings
- Participate in all training sessions
- Commit three to six hours a week participating in SHAPE activities
- Support all SHAPE events
SHAPE’s member commitment:
It is imperative to the success of SHAPE that all members are committed to the mission of the organization. This includes trainings, meetings, self-education, creativity, dedication, passion, and intuitiveness.
SHAPE members are expected to deliver accurate and informative information about different health topic at any time. Membership in this premier peer education organization is an honor because the knowledge, information, skills, and life-longs friendships are gained outside the classroom.
SHAPE strives to improve the lives of women. All too often, women grow up without basic knowledge required to maintain healthy and safe lifestyles. Spelman College is part of the largest consortium of historically Black college and universities. Consequently, members of SHAPE believe it is their responsibility to education Spelman women and the communication on health issues disproportionately affect African-Americans. SHAPE also understands that Black women are integral elements in the development of families, communities, and the world and must remain healthy and strong.