As the student branch of the Office of Health Promotion (OHP), SWAs are here to help you with all your wellness needs. You can visit us any time (during business hours) at OHP in Sayles-Hill room 162.
I’m Dan (They/them or He/him) and I’m a senior Art History major. My favorite thing about being a SWA is the genuine conversations. Being able to talk to people candidly in real-world terms about their well-being is very rewarding. My favorite OHP resource is our YouTube channel! (Shameless plug: pls subscribe). A favorite self-care hobby is skateboarding! That’s self-care, right?
Hello! My name is Nicolas (He/Him/His) and I’m a current junior (’23) Geology major. My favorite parts about being a SWA are researching and designing programming like videos and SWA stalls, and of course the SWA dogs! I love the fidget toys the OHP offers as freebies, because I tend to fidget a lot and find them quite useful. In my free time, I like to read and solve Rubik’s cubes, or when I’m at home play with my 2 Bernese Mountain Dogs. At Carleton, I’m also involved in Karate, A Cappella, and Juggling Club!
My name is Helen (She/Her/Hers), and I’m a junior Psychology major. I became a SWA because I love seeing the projects that OHP does. I see the work of OHP all over campus and I make sure to check out the things by the office, so I wanted to be a part of those projects. Here are some things I love to do: dance, listen to music, talk to people, and swing on swings. One thing I love about Carleton is the outdoor space on campus.
Hi my name is Louisa Grader (she/her/hers). I am a sophomore prospective history and polisci major. My favorite OHP resources are the SWA dogs and the OHP table! I especially like the mini hand sanitizers. My favorite part of being a SWA is meeting new people!
Hi! I’m Kana Hashimoto (she/her/hers). I’m a sophomore CS/Psych major. An OHP resource that I love the most is the SWA dogs, and that’s definitely one of the reasons why I became a SWA! My favorite thing about being a SWA is the opportunity to get to know new people and share various wellness strategies with them.
Hello! My name is Gaby Lazo (she/her), and I am a junior Linguistics major and Music minor! I currently work on creating Nook Activities, and have worked on programs as varied as our SWAdcast and Remote Freebies. My favorite thing about being a SWA is connecting with so many new people — between fellow SWAs, incoming freshmen, and peer leaders, I get to meet and interact with such a diverse and wonderful group of people! My favorite OHP resources are the freebie corner — blue light glasses and stress toys reign supreme! Some of my favorite ways to relax and practice self-care are to have spontaneous dance parties with friends (with Taylor Swift and Paramore always on the playlist) and watching cheesy rom-coms! (The Princess Diaries 2 remains supreme)
Hi! I’m Talia (she/her) and I’m a sociology and anthropology major with a minor in biochemistry. This is my first year as a SWA and it’s been so much fun getting to work with other students committed to the well-being of our community. I feel really strongly about creating a campus environment that is conducive to the health of students, so being a part of the OHP is really awesome. When I’m not in the SWAffice, you can find me at the pool with the swim team or trying to get work done anywhere outside around campus.
Hello! My name is Astrid (she/her/hers). I am a Junior majoring in Biology with minors in Biochemistry and History! My favorite part about being a SWA is connecting members of the Carleton community with important resources while having meaningful conversions. I also feel very lucky to have such supportive and kind co-workers who are all committed to helping Carleton students improve their well-being. At Carleton, besides being a SWA, I enjoy volunteering at the Northfield middle school with the “young chefs” program and playing on the club tennis team. I hope to see everyone at OHP!
Hey! I’m Utsha (she/her/hers) and I’m a junior bio major. As a first-year SWA, I’m super excited to play a direct role in creating a campus culture that recognizes and prioritizes wellbeing. Outside of OHP, I am a part of WHOA! and love dancing as a form of self-care!
I’m Nisha (She/Her/Hers) and I’m a senior psychology major. My favorite self-care practice is going for a long walk in the arb while listening to a podcast. As a SWA I love being able to share a diverse range of wellness strategies with Carleton students to help them in college and in life. My favorite OHP resources are the stress toys, especially the calm strips!
My name is Cas (they/them), and I’m a senior Sociology/Anthropology major here at Carleton! I love working in the OHP because I find a lot of joy in helping people take care of their personal health and I love working with our wonderful team of SWAs! Some of my favorite self-care strategies include forest bathing, brewing tea, listening to podcasts, and just getting a breath of fresh air!
My name is Bekka (she/her), and I’m a senior math major and public policy minor. I was drawn to the SWA position because I want to be a part of ending the stigma surrounding mental health disorders and treatment on campus. I love playing ultimate frisbee, baking, painting, and going running/skiing in the arb.
Hello! My name is Maddie (she/her), and I am a senior psychology major. I’m super pumped to be a SWA this year! I’ve had many of my own personal experiences with mental health which has inspired me to look for ways in which I can help others navigate their own journeys. I think that it’s extremely valuable to connect with others on a deeper level, and I am excited to foster these relationships as a SWA. On campus, I’m involved in music, theatre, the Mental Health Awareness Collective (MHAC), and Project Friendship (a mentoring program for youth in Northfield). I hope to see you in the OHP soon!
Learn More About the SWAs
Statement of Purpose
Student Wellness Advocates (SWAs) seek to create a campus environment that allows the entire Carleton community to flourish by means of peer wellness advocacy and evidence-based health education. SWAs also connect students to the wide array of resources and support available on campus and in the community. In order to bring a truly flourishing campus to fruition we:
- Disseminate wellness and health information through both passive and active programming, while remaining aware of the needs of our ever-shifting campus climate
- Challenge wellness myths and campus norms with peer-reviewed scientific literature as the foundation to everything we do
- Collaborate with other peer educators on campus to most effectively spread awareness and information to specific subsets of our campus population
- Advocate for a student wellness lens in all administrative and faculty decisions and actions
- Connect students to campus resources including, but not limited to, the Office of Health Promotion
- Continually seek new information and best practices in order to best educate ourselves and our campus