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 to apply to become a COPE Peer Educator?

The current application for COPE membership will open on Friday, September 30th, 2022, and close on Friday, October 21st at 11:59pm. We will also be hosting optional information sessions. These sessions will be held virtually on Monday, September 26th at 7 pm and Tuesday, September 27th at 8 pm. The zoom link will be available on our Instagram (@cope_umiami) or by email request (COPE@miami.edu). 

Submit your application here: Apply.

Meet the COPE Executive Board!

Emily Connell

She/Her/Hers
Position: Co-Chair
Major: Community and Applied Psychological Studies
Why did you join COPE?
I joined COPE to surround myself with people who are just as passionate about mental health as I am. COPE gives me a platform to reduce mental health stigmas, educate others about the resources that are on campus, and start the conversation about mental health and suicide awareness. I hope to make a difference and gain more knowledge on all mental health topics.

Cassandra Michel

She/Her/Hers
Position: Co-Chair  
Major: Psychology and Community and Applied Psychology Studies
Why did you join COPE?
I joined COPE because I wanted to pursue my passion for destigmatizing mental health. Through COPE I get to work with people who are passionate, empathetic, and supportive. COPE gives me the opportunity to have conversations about emotional well-being, share mental health resources, and raise awareness on mental health-related topics as a peer educator. COPE allows me to serve the UM community and talk about mental health—two things I love to do!

Kate Ei

She/Her/Hers
Position: Membership Chair 
Major: Exercise Physiology with a Minor in Psychology
Why did you join COPE?
I joined COPE to bring awareness to various mental health topics and to connect students with the resources available to them on campus. What I love most about COPE though, is I not only get to engage with peers on campus, but I get to work with the most kind-hearted, thoughtful, and committed change makers. Everyone in COPE is so passionate about what we do, and it is truly an amazing environment to be in.

Amanda Sale

She/Her/Hers
Position: Secretary
Major: Psychology 
Why did you join COPE?
I joined COPE because I have always been very passionate about mental health awareness. Becoming a member of COPE last year changed my college experience for the better. I have learned so much about mental health awareness and advocacy, and I have also been lucky enough to develop some very special friendships as a member of COPE.  Being able to spread awareness on campus with such amazing people has been such a gift. I am so honored to be COPE Secretary this year and I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for COPE! 

Saba Azimpour

She/Her/Hers
Position: Outreach Programming Chair 
Major: Neuroscience  
Why did you join COPE?
I discovered COPE while looking at the University of Miami during my college search. COPE genuinely ended up being one of the reasons I chose to go to this university.  I felt drawn to the fact that not only is COPE for students but that those students work directly with the Counseling Center to make a greater impact. Mental health has always been a huge part of my life, and for me, COPE is a hands-on means to participate actively in the destigmatization and advocacy of mental health. COPE truly makes an impact on our community in a way that I feel not much else does.

Caleb Chapman

He/Him/His
Position: Outreach Programming Chair 
Major: Broadcast Journalism
Why did you join COPE?
I instantly knew I wanted to be a part of COPE. A part of uplifting people. A part of motivating people. A part of educating people. A part of encouraging people. A part of healing people. It’s safe to say I made the right call because I have enjoyed every second of being a general body member and I’m now honored to call myself an OP Chair. We’re a family and a collection of the kindest and most genuine individuals the University of Miami has to offer.

Theresa Davison

She/Her/Hers
Position: Outreach Programming Chair  
Major: Psychology and Religion & Healthcare 
Why did you join COPE?
I joined COPE because I am passionate about fostering a warm and welcoming college community. College can be a lonely, stressful, and demoralizing place, and I believe talking about mental health problems is imperative to helping students feel comfortable and understood. I'm so grateful to work with a group of individuals who share similar goals and enthusiasm.

Anisha Bhandari

She/Her/Hers
Position: Outreach Programming Chair
Major: Neuroscience 
Why did you join COPE?
I joined COPE because I wanted to join an organization that allowed me to educate and connect with the campus community. Being in COPE has not only allowed me to connect with fellow students but has allowed me to learn so much about demonstrating kindness from my fellow peers and colleagues at the Counseling Center. COPE continues to play the main role in my personal development of being a more mindful individual every day. I am so grateful that COPE has given me the opportunity to educate others on the same topics I am so passionate about.

Grace Coyne

She/Her/Hers
Position: Public Relations Chair
Major: Marine Science and Chemistry
Why did you join COPE?
I joined COPE to help de-stigmatize mental illness on campus. I am extremely passionate about mental health awareness and education, and I want to remind the student body that it is okay to not be okay. I hope to make all students aware of what resources are available at the Counseling Center, and I hope everyone gets to meet the supportive people that are a part of this team. I adore COPE and all the amazing people in it who are trying to make a positive impact on UM’s campus.