Thrive Peer Educators

Peer Educators

The Thrive Peer Educators are a team of undergraduate students who work for the Department of Health Promotion at the University of Denver's Health & Counseling Center. This passionate group of about paid student leaders strives to promote the health and well-being of the DU campus community through health education and engagement, developing programs and implementing outreach efforts to address sexual health, mental health, alcohol & other drug education, and interpersonal violence prevention.

Thrive Peer Educators serve as HCC ambassadors, act as liaisons between the DU community and health professionals, and facilitate Intervene: DU — a required active bystander intervention training for all new undergraduate students. This paid position requires a one-year commitment of 30 to 40 hours per quarter, with offers typically extended for students who are not graduating.

Become a Thrive Peer Educator

The Thrive Peer Educator team interviews and hires new members in the winter quarter each year. Applications for the 2023–2024 academic year are now closed. Check back next year or if you have questions about the program, please email

Meet Our Thrive Peer Educators!


Caitlin Clemens

Caitlin Clemens

  • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Majors: International Studies, Geography
  • Minors: French, Sustainability
  • Other Campus Activities: Officer, National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCG)
  • Personal Interests: Hiking, skiing, reading, going on adventures
Sam Levering

Sam Levering

  • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Major: Anthropology
  • Minor: Leadership
  • Other Campus Activities: Chi Omega Sorority, DU EMS, and Pioneer Leadership Program (PLP)
  • Personal Interests: Baking, yoga, reading, travel, listening to music, watching tv, and mochas



Lindsay Baker 

  • Pronouns: she/her 
  • Major(s): Anthropology 
  • Minor(s): Leadership studies, urban studies 
  • Other campus activities: USG, Happy Tampers, DU Honors, PLP, Feel Good DU 
  • Personal interests: Reading, journaling/scrapbooking, hiking, listening to music and going to concerts, traveling 

Vanessa Leon-Gamez 

  • Pronouns: she/her 
  • Major(s): Biological Sciences 
  • Minor(s): Gender and Women’s Studies, Leadership 
  • Other campus activities: Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority Inc., First at DU, Colorado Women’s College 
  • Personal interests: Playing Animal Crossing, watching documentaries, trying new foods