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Wellness Center
Hughes hall, Room 105

Pritma "Mickey" Irizarry
Director, Wellness Center

Wellness Center
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20018-8067

Our Programs

The Wellness Center strives to promote health and well-being within the campus community. Our peer educators conduct workshops and outreach, while the Office of Advocacy Services for Interpersonal and Sexual Violence (OASIS) provides one-on-one support to survivors within our community. Read more about each program below.

Peer Wellness Education

The Wellness Center houses American University's Peer Wellness Education Program. Peer Wellness Educators (PWEs) are AU undergraduate students who are highly trained in various health topics, especially those that are pertinent to college students. Sample program topics include:

  • Sex Jeopardy
  • Stress Management
  • Alcohol and Substance Use and Abuse
  • Nutrition
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Consent
  • Sexual Communication

Our PWEs also promote Step Upthe bystander intervention initiative of American University. The purpose of Step Up is to engage the community in active citizenry--to step in and step up to intervene in high-risk situations. The Step Up model can be applied in a wide range of scenarios common to campus communities, including:

  • risky drinking
  • hazing
  • mental health concerns
  • discrimination and harassment
  • sexual or relationship violence

To request a Step Up workshop or any of the workshops listed above, please email with the subject: Workshop Request. Thank you!

OASIS: Office of Advocacy Services

Housed within the Wellness Center, the Office of Advocacy Services for Interpersonal and Sexual Violence (OASIS) provides free and confidential services to anyone in the campus community who is affected by sexual violence, interpersonal violence (dating or domestic violence), and stalking.

Advocacy is a supportive service intended to help survivors navigate their options and make informed decisions about their security, health, academic well-being, and the adjudication process. For more information, visit the OASIS home page.

Confiding in an advocate does not mean you must report an incident to the school or the police. If you have any questions or concerns about confidentiality, an advocate can provide clarifying examples. Email us at or call 202-885-7070.