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Student groups honored for peer education

The Pittsburg State University peer education groups Students for Violence Prevention and Gorillas in Your Midst were honored for their work with three awards at the NASPA-BACCHUS Initiatives Region IV-West conference held recently in Kansas City.

The Pittsburg State University peer education groups Students for Violence Prevention and Gorillas in Your Midst were honored for their work with three awards at the NASPA-BACCHUS Initiatives Region IV-West conference held recently in Kansas City.

Caitlin Martin, the student coordinator for Students for Violence Prevention, was selected to receive the “Outstanding Student Award for Excellence” for her commitment to inclusivity, activism and violence prevention in peer education.

Students for Violence Prevention was honored with a regional award for a sex education and healthy relationships program it presented on campus. They received the Outstanding Program award for “Sex in the Ballroom,” an event held in February during Healthy Relationship Week.

The third award went to J.T. Knoll, adviser for Gorillas in Your Midst, who was honored with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” for the more than 20 years that he has advised students in peer education.

In addition to receiving awards, Gorillas in your Midst and Students for Violence Prevention with selected to present the program “Gorilla Mental Health Toolbox” to other peer educators and advisers at the conference.

For more information about Students for Violence Prevention, contact Ali Smith at 620-235-4831. For information about Gorillas in Your Midst, contact J.T. Knoll at 620-235-4062.

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