Trojan Outreach is a new part of Student Services that focuses on discussing taboo issues that students face on campus. This peer educator program consists of a collaboration of people called cardinal leaders, who are hired as university employees.
Trojan Outreach was started to highlight “a lot of serious issues on campus that people are unwilling to talk about,” according to Kimbrlei McCain, a graduate student in the clinical mental health master’s program from Chelsea. McCain serves as coordinator of Trojan Outreach.
Students can have conversations about issues such as stress management, sexuality, domestic violence, healthy relationships and body image, among others.
Each month, Trojan Outreach addresses a different topic, and McCain finds different ways to emphasize that topic. Events are organized throughout the month and tents are set up on the quad to expose students to the topic.
Trojan Outreach partners with other organizations on campus to conduct discussion groups and plan events. The cardinal leaders create and present interactive presentations on topics to classes, clubs and organizations.
McCain said she does this because she sees people dealing with issues that most people don’t think about every day.
“They don’t know where to go, and we want them to know that there are places for them to go and people that want to help,” she said.
The mission of Trojan Outreach is “to advocate for and outreach to students,” according to McCain. “We are willing to talk about anything they need.”
For more information, or to request a topic to be covered, email McCain at firstname.lastname@example.org.