PURPLE Peer Mentoring Program

In the PURPLE (Peers Urging Responsible Practices through Leadership and Education) Mentors program, one to six athletes from each team serve as peer mentors to their teammates.

  • The peer mentor functions as a resource on the team who is trained in various health and wellness topics and communication skills.
  • The peer mentor is available for teammates seeking information, guidance, or support on health and wellness topics.

Whether offering an ear to listen, or support and guidance, a peer mentor will be available to assist his or her teammate.

Peer mentors will be familiar with a variety of resources on campus, such as Counseling and Psychological Services, Sports Medicine, Women's Center, Judicial Affairs, and Health Education. They are able to answer questions about various campus resources as well as have the ability to refer other student-athletes to respective offices when necessary. Trained peer mentors can help prevent teammates from experiencing problems or other negative consequences.  Peer mentors will learn about the warning signs of eating disorders, depression, and alcohol abuse in order to appropriately intervene then refer to professional staff. Furthermore, the peer mentor can prevent student-athletes from violating policies related to alcohol and other drug use through education and intervention.

A peer mentor is NOT a police officer, residence assistant, nor doctor. Mentors are not expected to "tattle" on teammates. Rather, a peer mentor is designed to assist student-athletes in becoming successful academically, athletically, and personally.

Become a PURPLE Mentor

Applications will be e-mailed to student-athletes in the spring quarter.  A committee of Northwestern University faculty members reviews all applications.  All questions about the application process or the PURPLE Mentor program should be directed to Maria Sanchez (mesanchez@northwestern.edu)