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Healthy Cougars Peer Educators


Healthy Cougars Peer Educator


Aliyah Corrao is a first year student working toward a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a concentration in Physiology. She is also working toward a minor in Women’s Studies. In her free time, Aliyah enjoys visiting beaches around San Diego and using various creative outlets such as oil pastels and paper quilling. She values the importance of family time as well as practicing self care. She is passionate about mental health awareness and inclusive sexual education. She is an active member of the LGBTQIA community and finds value in getting involved in activist movements both big and small. Aliyah is dedicated to Peer Education and hopes to make an impact in the lives of those around her. 

Healthy Cougars Peer Educator

Hi, my name's Joyce. I am currently a third year student at CSUSM majoring in human development. I am also a transfer student from MiraCosta College. The reason I became a peer educator is because I want to raise awareness of mental health to fellow students and reduce the stigma or any stereotype that is behind it as well. As a college student who is diagnosed with a mental illness, I believe it is important to educate others about mental illness, the effect it has on an individual, and what people can do to help. A fun fact about me is that I love to write. I would journal about what I see, the positive and negative experiences I had, and how I feel.

Healthy Cougars Peer Educator Vanessa 

My name is Vanessa Gutierrez and I am a passionista!  I thrive on positively impacting the lives of other people and animals.  I am a feminist, a Latina, a natural introvert, as well as a first-generation student.  After graduating this Spring, with a B.A. in Psychological Science, I plan on obtaining a Masters in Speech and Language Pathology. On campus I am a member of Alpha Kappa Psi and the Rotaract Club.  Off campus I work as a Behavioral Therapist.  My interests include embroidery, photography, and short walks to the pantry. I became a Peer Educator to support my fellow cougars in all aspects related to health.  My life struggles have guided me towards an interest of helping others, because I know what it feels like to have nothing, to suffer from depression and anxiety, and do feel uncomfortable in my own skin.  However, I also know what it feels like to be in remission from depression, to cope with situations that would trigger my anxiety, and to LOVE myself!  I am here to help you feel the same way, or at least find the resources to help you do so!