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?

The current application for COPE membership will open on Monday, September 27th, 2021 and close on Sunday, October 10th at 11:59pm. Submit the application within those dates by completing this google form: CLICK HERE. Please email cope@miami.edu with any questions.

Meet the COPE Executive Board!

Julia Weinmann

She/Her/Hers
Position: Chair 
Major: Neuroscience
Why did you join COPE?
Joining cope and working with the counseling center to educate the student body allows me to actively use my passion for mental health awareness to make a difference among my peers. I am beyond honored to be the chair of such a dedicated, conscious, kind, and open-minded group of people. The friendships I've made through COPE have impacted my college experience in such a positive manner and I believe they will continue to after as well.

Emily Connell

She/Her/Hers
Position: Vice Chair 
Major: Elementary Education
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: Secretary
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!

Kaitlyn Carino

She/Her/Hers
Position: Membership Chair
Major: Biochemistry and Public Health
Why did you join COPE?
I originally joined COPE as an outlet to express both my passion of working to destigmatize mental health issues and desire to advocate for mental health awareness and education. COPE has not only allowed me to actively engage in something I feel is so incredibly important, but it has also brought me a diverse family of supportive, kind, and empathetic people who share these passions. I love that I am able to connect with my peers and play a part in educating others about mental health and the resources available to them on campus, while also constantly learning & growing myself.

Jose Chang

He/Him/His
Position: Outreach Programming Chair
Major: Biochemistry and Elementary Education
Why did you join COPE?
I joined COPE because I wanted to raise awareness and bring my passion for destigmatizing mental health issues to relevance for our campus community. COPE means the world to me and more, it's the best opportunity I’ve found to learn more about my mental health and spread resources for others. I love working with our family of creative, diverse, and thoughtful peer educators to host programs and events; they make me feel like we are really making an impactful and important difference!

Bri Heaney

She/Her/Hers
Position: Outreach Programming Chair
Major: Psychology
Why did you join COPE?
I joined COPE to surround myself with like-minded individuals who are as passionate as I am about mental health. Joining COPE and working with the Counseling Center has allowed me to get amazing experience in my field of interest and to educate myself and others about important mental health topics and the different resources that are available. I have found a family of such unique and caring individuals, and I am so lucky that we get to share these experiences together!

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 a 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.

Meera Patel

She/Her/Hers
Position: Social Media Chair
Major: Microbiology and Immunology; Public Health
Why did you join COPE?
COPE has and will forever be one of my most cherished memories here at UM because I have met incredibly passionate and loving individuals who collectively work together to destigmatize mental health issues. I joined COPE because I want to further the education of my peers by engaging with them through presentations, tabling, and other events so we can have change in our community. Through COPE, I have learned so much about mental health from fellow peer educators that I would not have necessarily learned in a classroom setting. I can explore my passion and advocate for mental health awareness alongside supportive and empathetic individuals that I will continue to cherish past my career here at the U.

Christian Weiman

He/Him/His
Position: Social Media Chair
Major: Psychology
Why did you join COPE?
I joined COPE because I was at a place in my life where I needed something meaningful to dive into on campus. Mental health has always been something important to me and I’ve always considered myself a mental health advocate, but I wanted to have a more hands-on role in the discussion and education of mental health topics on campus. COPE was the perfect place for me and I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful group of human beings to call my family at UM. COPE has quite literally changed my life and I will be forever grateful for what this organization has done for me. It is so important to be active in removing the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, helping people understand that it’s okay to ask for help, and providing them the resources to do so. COPE has been the best outlet for me to engage in this work and has helped me solidify my passion of helping those that are struggling.