What do Peer Health Educators do? 

The peer health educators provide general health and wellness advocacy and education to the Franklin and Marshall College community in four main areas: COVID-19 Education, Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention, Mental Health, and Sexual Violence Prevention. See bios below! 

Drop In Office Hours for Module 4:

Drop in hours for Module 4 will be every Monday 12pm - 2pm and Friday 2pm-4pm! 

Join this Zoom Link to meet with the Peers during office hours, no appointment necessary.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with the peer health educators outside of drop in hours, complete this form and we will contact you! 


Who are the Peer Health Educators? 
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Sarah Laterza (she/her)

Class of 2021

Hometown: Sayville, NY

Major: Public Health and Spanish

Hi! My name is Sarah Laterza. I'm a senior at Franklin and Marshall double majoring in Public Health on the government track and Spanish.  I am originally from Sayville, NewYork. As a peer health educator, I am very interested in sexual health and mental health issues. On campus, I am a part of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, the president of the F&M ACLU club, and part of the Sexual Assault and Violence Elimination club. I also love playing soccer and basketball with my friends on campus, as well as going on hikes around Lancaster.  My favorite thing to do in Lancaster is get coffee from Mean Cup and a sandwich next door from Freinschaft Market! After graduation I hope to pursue a Masters in Social Work and work in the non-profit sector.

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Hermela Assefa (she/her)

Class of 2022 

Hometown: Northern Virginia 

Major: Public Health (Sociology)

Hi, my name is Hermela! I am a junior majoring in Public Health on the sociology track and minoring in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. I am passionate about advocating for health equity and ensuring that educational resources are allocated to underserved communities. As a peer health educator, my goals are to increase the accessibility of health education to minority populations at F&M. I hope to help our office grow by increasing student engagement and partnering with different student organizations on campus. In addition to my job as a peer health educator, I am a team leader for Habesha Health, a virtual platform dedicated to addressing health disparities among the Ethiopian and Eritrean diaspora. I am also training to become a doula as part of the Diversifying Doula Initiative with Patients R Waiting, a Lancaster based non-profit organization that aims to eliminate health disparities. After graduation, I am looking at post-grad opportunities with maternal child health, community health, and global health focuses!

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Caroline Tippett (she/her)

Class of 2021

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Major: Biology

Hey, my name is Caroline! I am a senior majoring in Biology and minoring in Russian Language and Literature. My interests within WEVP are sexual wellness and accessible healthcare. I'm a DJ for WFNM, the president of the Russian and Eastern European Club, and a member of the DipCon Sustainability Committee. Off campus, I tutor English as a Second Language (ESL) downtown to international doctors working towards recertification in America. I am also in my third year as a Matriculate Advising Fellow, in which I advise high-achieving low-income students through their college application process. I also work as a molecular biology research assistant in Professor Jinks neurogenetics lab. After graduation, I hope to pursue a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences to become a professor and research molecular biology with respect to health disparities.


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Hala Reeder (she/her)

Class of 2022

Hometown: Albuquerque, NM

Major: Public Health and French

Hi, my name is Hala! I was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico -- where Breaking Bad was filmed! I am in my junior year at F&M and I am a declared French and Public Health double major, with a potential minor in Dance. I spent last semester in French doing field research in Brussels, Belgium, and I’m hoping to go abroad again, for a second time, next Fall. On campus, I have served on several executive boards and I am currently involved in: SISTERS, Dips Upside Down, Mi Gente Latina, Dance Company, African Carribean Association and the French club. As a peer health educator my main interests are health equity, conversations on consent, and encouraging intentional language. My dream is to work with Doctors Without Borders and I am currently looking for opportunities off-campus to work with the local refugee population in Lancaster. 

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Shannon Cunningham (she/her)

Class of 2021 

Hometown: Mountainside, NJ 

Major: Creative Writing and Moral Psychology

Hello! My name is Shannon and I am a senior here at F&M joint majoring in English: Creative Writing and SPM: Moral Psychology with an Italian Studies minor.  In addition to being a PHE, I am on the executive board of the Alice Drum Women’s Center, a member of Alpha Phi Sorority, and work at ITS as a card services support student worker. Last year I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad twice, once during the semester in Melbourne, Australia and once during the summer in Florence, Italy! Off campus, I work as an Activities Director’s Assistant at a senior living facility in NJ, where I facilitate games and activities for the residents. My favorite thing to do  for fun is cook and post pictures on my food blog! As a peer health educator, my main interests are mental health and body image issues. After graduation, I plan to go to nursing school in hopes of eventually becoming a Psychiatric Nurse.