COPE

What is a Counseling Outreach Peer Educator?

Do you want to promote education and awareness about mental health and common college student stressors? Become a COPE Peer Educator! You will benefit from receiving training and mentoring from Counseling Center Clinicians in topics related to personal and professional growth. At the Counseling Center, we believe students are the experts on what other students want to learn! As a member of COPE you attend weekly meetings to plan and executive program initiatives that YOU choose. As a Peer Educator, you will gain valuable leadership experience while making a difference in your community.

How can I apply to become a COPE member?

Applications are NOW open and are due to the Counseling Center, printed and stapled, by October 6th at 5PM. You may download the COPE 2017 Application here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_tWrNpnkHYMLXRtVVhGUk53dXc/view
For more information about COPE, please email COPE@miami.edu or call 305-284-5511.

Meet the COPE 2017-2018 Executive Board

Sabrina Xiao

Position: Chair
Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Why did you join COPE?
COPE was the perfect way to be involved with mental health promotion and outreach, especially since we advocate for resources that are directly accessible (and free!) for all students. Interacting with my peers consistently reaffirms why I want to become a psychiatrist.

Talytha Campos

Position: Vice Chair of Outreach Programming
Major: Neuroscience
Why did you join COPE?
I joined COPE my freshmen year because I wanted to be a part of a group of people that are passionate about mental health in the same way that I am. Looking back, COPE has brought me that and so much more, including a voice that enables me to advocate for mental health awareness and make a difference on campus.

Emily McCready

Position: Outreach Programming Chair
Major: Psychology
Why did you join COPE?
I joined COPE my sophomore year because I was desperate to find a place where I can be myself and have a bunch of awesome people to lean on if I ever needed help. I had gone to COPE events freshman year, bonded with a lot of the members, and saw that these people genuinely wanted to get to know me and wanted me to know that everything was going to be okay, but that it's also okay to ask for help. I've always struggled with my own mental health and wanted to know how to help others who might feel stuck. Now, I can!

Kelly Kudryk

Position: Outreach Programming Chair
Major: Psychology and Studio Art
Why did you join COPE?
I joined COPE because I am very passionate about mental health. It's important to advocate mental health awareness, especially on a college campus. Also, I was hoping to meet other students like me, and learn more about psychology.

Anna Hosack

Position: Outreach Programming Chair
Major: Business & Legal Studies
Why did you join COPE?
I joined COPE because I want to have a positive impact on not only my fellow ‘Canes, but the UM community as a whole!

Aiseosa Osaghae

Position: Outreach Programming Chair
Major: Public Health, Anthropology and Sociology Minors
Why did you join COPE?
I joined COPE because I saw an opportunity to use my passion for mental health awareness to help make an impact on the people around me, and to surround myself with people who pride themselves in caring about others.

Ibrahim Ali

Position: Internal Relations Chair
Major: Neuroscience
Why did you join COPE?
I joined COPE because it seemed and is one of the most relevant student networks/cause on campus. Having gone through an extremely academically rough high school with no mental health awareness (regardless if there were services), I think the counseling center's services are highly underrepresented. I joined because I am a firm believer that COPE can genuinely expand how many students get the proper exposure to mental health services (before my brother told me about COPE I had no idea that such services existed on campus; after he told me it dawned on me just how important and potentially impactful it can be).

Veronica Betancur

Position: Recruitment Chair
Major: Biology
Why did you join COPE?
To give the UM community a better understanding of mental health and the different ways they can take care of themselves!

Amanda Perez

Position: Public Relations Chair
Major: Neuroscience
Why did you join COPE?
I joined COPE because I am very interested in mental health and psychiatry, and I find it disappointing that there is such a negative stigma surrounding mental health. Through COPE, I can help bridge the gap between the Counseling Center and students who can really benefit from mental health services, but might be ashamed or afraid to ask for help.

Rachel Leder

Position: Social Media Chair
Major: Psychology
Why did you join COPE?
I joined COPE because I absolutely love promoting the counseling center. The counseling center helps so many students throughout their time at UM. I feel proud just to be a small part of it by telling other students about the counseling center.

Jimmy Ge

Position: Secretary
Major: Meteorology & Applied Math
Why did you join COPE?
I want to spread awareness about the importance of mental health and reduce the stigma associated with mental disorders, especially on college campuses. I also want to help out my peers at UM while gaining experience doing public outreach so I can understand and help address issues facing other communities.