Peer Education

Team CHAOS

Team CHAOS is the University of Tampa's peer education program. CHAOS stands for Creating Healthy Alternatives and Options for Students. This highly trained group of students presents information regarding the topics of alcohol and other drugs, tobacco education, sexual health, body image, women’s issues, diversity and wellness (financial management, stress, career preparation, etc.). Past programs include Club CHAOS, The Vagina Monologues and educational quizzes at Thursday Night Treats.

Team CHAOS is a member of The BACCHUS Network™, which is a university and community based network focusing on comprehensive health and safety initiatives.

Interested students can contact the organization at teamchaos@ut.edu.

Live Well UT Initiatives

For more information on the initiatives below, please contact Charlotte Petonic, wellness coordinator, at cpetonic@ut.edu or (813) 258-7369.

Active Minds
This group works to utilize the student voice to change the conversation about mental health on college campuses, educates students on mental health issues and advocates to reduce related stigmas.

Better Together

Better Together is an organization composed of students dedicated to interfaith cooperation on campus and in the greater community. Its purpose is to promote understanding and respect for diverse spiritual and nonspiritual beliefs by means of dialogue, education and advocacy. Better Together seeks to promote awareness and understanding of both similarities and differences between all religions, as well as establish a basis in which students can develop strong diverse friendships through interfaith cooperation.

Breathe Easy UT

Breathe Easy UT is a group of faculty administrators and students who work towards making a breathe-easy and smoke free University of Tampa. Breathe Easy UT has a number of supporters and partners including HCADA, Student Government, Better Together, Live Well at UT, Residence Hall Association, Student Nurses Association and many others. The ultimate goal is to make The University of Tampa a tobacco-free campus.

Disjointed 
Disjointed is a student-led initiative with the mission of educating the college population on the effects of marijuana, and in doing so, not offending or advertising individual beliefs toward the use of marijuana.

Focusing On Optimal Dietetics for Students (FOODS)

FOODS is an initiative of Live Well UT designed for students by students to generate an awareness of the impact of food on overall health. The organization (1) encourages individuals to become conscious of food’s effects on themselves and the world around them, and (2) provides resources – through FOODS and the outside community – to approach eating not as a diet but as a lifestyle of comprehensive health-promoting habits.


Mirror Image 

Mirror Image seeks to empower University of Tampa students to maintain positive body esteem based on recognition of what they can and cannot control in regard to size and shape.  Their vision is to transform the societal view of beauty in a way that transcends the individual to accept and feel good about themselves.

Red Flag
The Red Flag campaign is a public awareness campaign designed to address dating violence and promote the prevention of dating violence on college campuses. The campaign was created using a “bystander intervention” strategy, encouraging friends and other campus community members to “say something” when they see warning signs ("red flags") for dating violence in a friend’s relationship. The campaign posters reflect racially and ethnically diverse models, and illustrate both heterosexual and same-sex relationships.

The RX Factor
The Rx Factor seeks to educate the UT student body on the multi-dimensional consequences of prescription drug abuse. Through community collaboration we want to empower the UT population to change the course of this epidemic. By raising awareness and altering attitudes and behaviors, The RX Factor will help to reduce negative consequences of abuse and ultimately save lives. The vision is to create a more educated campus in which students are better able to make sound decisions regarding prescription drug use.

Students of AMF (And Moving Forward) 

Students of AMF seeks to provide a safe space for students who are suffering the illness or loss of a loved one to come together and support each other.  It also seeks to join a a campus to serve the community in various ways.

Watch Your BAC

Watch Your BAC is an on-campus, phased social marketing campaign designed to pique students' curiosity, increase awareness of high-risk drinking and influence alcohol norms. The focus is on educating students on the nature of Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) and self-monitoring their alcohol consumption. Campaign Goals are to (1) educate college students and the community on Blood Alcohol Concentration and the health, safety and legal risks of underage drinking, binge drinking, and drinking and driving, (2) provide information and referral services for students, parents and community members requiring prevention or treatment services and (3) influence college students' attitudes about underage alcohol use, binge drinking, and drinking and driving.

Yoga and Meditation 
The mission of this student-led initiative is to make accessible programs in the form of yoga and meditation classes that will enrich the holistic health and wellness of students, faculty and staff at The University of Tampa. These programs are aimed to support mental and spiritual wellness and to decrease levels of stress.