Southeast Students and Staff Present at Regional Prevention and Health Education Conference


Fifteen Southeast Missouri State University students and two staff members recently attended the Meeting of the Minds regional conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

Meeting of the Minds is a regional prevention and health education conference for college and university peer educators, their advisors, administrators and campus and community law enforcement. During the three-day conference, Southeast students were able to discuss regional prevention and health education with fellow conference attendees.

In addition, Southeast students and staff delivered three presentations during the conference.

Redhawks Rising members Mahala Landeros of Sullivan, Missouri, Jessica Strunk of Labadie, Missouri, Kate Riney of Wentzville, Missouri, and Kyleigh Williamson of Imperial, Missouri, gave a powerful presentation about survivor’s empowerment in violence prevention. The students shared their experiences and the specific practices that contributed to their healing and promoted their participation in education and prevention.

Donna St. Sauver, coordinator of Southeast’s Campus Violence Prevention Program (CVPP), also explained the implementation of best practices in education and outreach focused on understanding consent, incapacitation, positive sexuality and positive masculinity.

Redhawk Health Educators, a student group of certified peer educators for educational health and wellness, delivered a presentation about their recent event at Southeast, “Sex in the UC.” Strunk, Haley Morgan of Marion, Illinois, and Caity Gesell of Red Bed, Illinois, described the event’s success, which promoted healthy relationships, consent and healthy sexuality.

Richa Bhattarai, graduate assistant for the CVPP from Kathmandu, Nepal, and Dr. Randy Carter, associate dean of students, presented a session on the use of technology, videos and interactive strategies to inform students about alcohol use, bystander intervention and consent. Carter explained how to take advantage of the technology to educate students about the responsible use of alcohol.