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 open Monday, September 23rd and will be accepted until October 11th. Please apply to COPE by clicking here: COPE Application

To learn more about COPE, you are welcome to join us at information sessions on Monday, September 23rd from 2:15 - 3:00 pm or on Tuesday, October 1 from 6:00-6:45 pm. Both sessions will take place at the UM Counseling Center.

Meet the COPE 2019-2020 Executive Board!

Brie Bigham

Position: Chair
Major: Neuroscience
Why did you join COPE?
I joined COPE because I want to be a part of an organization full of compassionate people that care about mental health topics! I enjoy taking part in diminishing the stigma surrounding mental health topics on campus through fun, meaningful, and educational programming events for the UM community. Joining COPE has allowed me to share with others my enthusiasm about mental health awareness and the Counseling Center!

Sitara Rambarran

Position: Vice-Chair
Major: Psychology
Why did you join COPE?
I've always been passionate about mental health and reducing the stigma surrounding these topics to raise awareness and increase an individual's understanding and empathy. Joining COPE allowed me the perfect outlet to encourage open discussions and help in educating others about mental illness through informative and fun events on campus. I love that I've not only been able to interact with a lot of the UM population through our outreach programming, but I've met so many compassionate people with similar interests from our COPE family!

Sierra Jensen

Position: Membership Chair 
Major: Human Social Development and Psychology
Why did you join COPE?
I joined COPE because I am very passionate about mental health and wanted to help students on campus have a better understanding of mental health and break the stigma surrounding therapy. COPE has become a home and a family for me, and I have been able to express my passion for mental health around campus is many different capacities.

Nina D’Agostini

Position: PR Chair
Major: Psychology
Why did you join COPE?
I joined COPE because I have a passion for all things mental health. I believe that bringing awareness to the various topics of mental health is crucial for our society. I am a firm believer that the only we can break down the stigma around mental health is to start the conversation! I hope to contribute as much as I can to COPE and to the U Miami college campus in order to help all students and to let them know they are not alone.

Danielle Gogerty

Position: Outreach Programing Chair
Major: Biochemistry and Psychology 
Why did you join cope?
I joined COPE because I am very passionate about mental health and wanted to promote the importance of mental health awareness on campus. All students should know about the resources available to them while they are at college and that is what COPE helps provide. I love COPE because of the friendships it gives to its members and the overall mission of helping other students.

Julia Wilson

Position: Outreach Programming Chair
Major: Psychology
Why did you join COPE?
I joined COPE because I want to help my peers know that they are never alone and that it isn't a bad thing to need or seek help. It is such a great thing to be able to start discussions about mental health on campus and get people comfortable with helping themselves and others! I'm very excited to share all our great work and bring even more smiles to UM this year!

Angelica Defalco

Position: Outreach Programming Chair
Major: Psychology
Why did you join COPE?
I joined COPE because I was amidst a stage in my life where I was searching for something meaningful that I could immerse myself in. I had heard of COPE freshman year and remembered their presentations and tabling events and knew that it was an organization for me. I wanted to be a peer educator and do my best to raise awareness and bring my passion for destigmatizing mental issues to the limelight. I wanted to make a difference and I feel this is a perfect outlet to do that!

Daniela Correa

Position: Communications Co-Chair
Major: Health Science
Why did you join COPE? 
I Joined cope, because I wanted to be another voice in the community that helps spread awareness on mental health as well as destigmatize the subject. I wanted to be part of an organization that made a difference in our community and being part of COPE has given me that opportunity. COPE is important to me because it gave me a family and gives me the opportunity to participate in something that I am extremely passionate about.

Yixuan Teng

Position: Communications Co-Chair
Major: Health Science and Psychology
Why did you join COPE?
I joined COPE because it makes me feel comfortable sharing ideas while being myself.