Health and Wellness Educators (HAWEs)

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"We as Health and Wellness Educators are students interested in promoting healthy lifestyles. We work together to educate the RWU community about alcohol & other drugs, safe sex, nutrition and general wellness."

We believe…

  • That health is an individual choice
  • That people can choose to make lifestyle changes
  • That motivation for change comes from within an individual

Our Motto is:

"Helping Others Help Themselves"

Apply to be a HAWE

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Apply to Become a H.A.W.E

  • Applications due by Friday, March 9, 2018
  • Selections made by Friday, March 23, 2018

Looking For a Job That Gives You

  • $1,100.00 per semester?
  • GREAT Leadership opportunities?
  • A chance to better your presentation skills?
  • A chance to be part of a team?
  • Skills needed in the professional world?
  • Chances to express yourself creatively through programming?

Well then, you should apply to become a Health And Wellness Educator (H.A.W.E.)!

Health and Wellness Educator (H.A.W.E.) Position Description

Job Summary: Under the direction of the Director of Health Education, HAWE's provide a range of planned ongoing educational activities consistent with the university’s mission. They develop and present university prevention campaigns and residence hall workshops with an emphasis on campus alcohol and drug issues. They are also trained in motivation interviewing and provide brief alcohol use interventions, as well as general coaching sessions for their peers. There are ten positions and individual HAWE's are assigned topic areas of expertise. These two person teams not only meet with the Director of Health Education, but have another supervisor that is a member of the Student Life staff.

The teams and supervisors are: 

  • Mental Health Team - Christopher Bailey, PHD., Interim Director for The Center for Counseling & Student Development
  • Sexuality Team - Donna Lynn Darmondy, Director of Health Education and Alcohol & Drug Prevention Coordinator for the Office of Student Life
  • Title IX - Dr. Jen Stanley, Title IX Coordinator-Associate Dean                                                                                                                  -Deborah Knapman, Psychological Counselor for The Center for Counseling & Student Development 
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs - Corey Brown, Coordinator of Residence Education for the Dept. of Residence Life & Housing 
  • General Health Team - Susan P. O'Brien, ANP, Adult Nurse Practitioner for Health Services 


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Attends fall, winter training.
  • Works cooperatively with other HAWE's.
  • Plans and organizes campus wellness campaigns on their assigned topic. 
  • Develops and presents residence hall and classroom workshops in their specialty area. 
  • Collects and analyses data on contacts, programs and student behaviors.
  • Creates educational brochures, handouts, ads, publicity releases, posters and bulletin boards.
  • Provides wellness coaching to students in the evening. 
  • Participates in self-evaluation and evaluation by the Director of Health Education.
  • Is knowlegable of and has the ability to write CAS learning objectives for each program.
  • Engages in strategic planning and program evaluation. 
  • Is familiar with national and RWU health behavior data and uses it to guide their strategic plan. 

Knowledge and Skill

  • Creative, energetic person with good listening skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Committed to self- development
  • Ability to give and receive constructive feedback
  • Is comfortable with public speaking and one-on-one interaction 
  • Is a role model for positive health behavior 

Meet the H.A.W.Es

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Donna Lynn Darmody M.S., C.W.P.
Director of Health Education/
Alcohol And Other Drug Abuse
Prevention Coordinator
T. 401 254-3413
F. 401 254-3305


Jake AmendolaJake Amendola: 

Hey! My name is Jake Amendola (he/him/his) ‘21 and I am a Biology major from Wyckoff, New Jersey. This is my first year as a HAWE and I am on the General Health & team. My passions include disease prevention, exercise, and self-improvement. I cannot wait to help others take advantage of their resources on and off-campus to better their overall wellbeing.

Meghan MaherMeaghan Maher:

I’m Meghan Maher (she/her/hers) ‘20 and I am a Psychology major with a Public Health and Biology minor from Holden, Massachusetts.This is my first year a as HAWE and I am on the Mental Health team. My passions include yoga, running, and spending time with my family. I am eager to guide my peers through college by encouraging a healthy physical and, especially, mental lifestyle!

Elsa SchloemerElsa Schloemer: 

I’m Elsa Schloemer (she/her/hers) ‘21 and I am a public health major with a political science minor from Greenfield, New Hampshire. I am a first year HAWE and on  the Title IX team. I enjoy writing and recording music as well as writing slam poetry. I am proud to be a campus educator on such an important topic. As a HAWE I hope to help students feel safe and empowered on our campus.

Hannah VerreHannah Verre:

Hi! My name is Hannah Verre (she/her/hers) ‘20 and I am from Pepperell, MA, with a Psychology major and Music minor. This is my second year as a HAWE and I am on the mental health team. My passions lie in destigmatizing mental health issues and promoting safe and positive environments as well as music, Star Wars, and animals. I can’t wait to help students learn about the importance of mental health and live their best lives while seeking positive changes!

Victoria LoveVictoria Love:

Hi! My name is Victoria Love (she/her/hers)’20 and I am from New Hartford, New York majoring in Biology (Pre-Veterinary Track) with minors in Psychology and Marine Biology. I am a first year HAWE on the Title IX team! In my free time I volunteer in Marine Animal Rescue Programs working with seals and sea turtles and I also absolutely adore concerts. As a HAWE I hope to create a safe, positive, and comfortable community here for students!

Alisha LaliberteAlisha Laliberte:

I’m Alisha Laliberte (she/her/hers) ’20 and I am a Public Health major with a Psychology minor from Webster, MA. This is my first year as a HAWE and I am a member of the Alcohol and other drugs team hoping to educate my peers on how to have a fun but safe college experience. My passions include fitness, sports, and music.

Emma RasmussenEmma Rasmussen: 

I’m Emma Rasmussen (she/her/hers) ’21 from Groton, MA and I am a Public Health and Anthropology+Sociology double major with a minor in Biology. This is my first year as a HAWE and I am on the general health team! I love reading health news and research about having a healthy, balanced lifestyle; I am looking forward to being a HAWE  so I can encourage other students to make positive changes in their own lives.

Alissa AssadAlissa Assad:

I’m Alissa Assad (she/her/hers) ’19 from New Milford, CT. I am a Psychology major with a minor in Spanish. This is my third year as a HAWE and I am on the Alcohol and Other Drug team. I am passionate about self love, healthy relationships, as well as about teaching students how to have fun at college while drinking safely. I want other students to feel comfortable coming to me with any questions/concerns, or even just to talk!

Asia Carter-LambAsia Carter-Lamb: 

Hi! I’m Asia Carter-Lamb (she/her/hers) ’20 from Baltimore, MD and I am a Finance major with a double minor in Economics & Professional and Public Writing. This is my first year as a HAWE and I am on the Sexual Education team. I am also a member of the RWU Women’s Track and Field Team & a Mathematics Tutor. Both of these allow me to build strong interactions with new people to ultimately improve the campus experience!

Kayla DevinKayla Devin:

I’m Kayla Devin (she/her/hers) ‘19, a Psychology and Marketing double major from Ellicott City, Maryland. This is my third year as a Health and Wellness Educator (HAWE) and I am on the Sex Education team. My passions include birth control methods and STI prevention!