Peer Chaplaincy Program

Students in front of mural

Who We Are

Students who care about the well-being of other students, no matter who they are, what their backgrounds might be, or what they believe.

We are Div I, Div II, and Div III students studying a variety of things: art, gender, music,  trauma, dance, sustainability, literature, sexuality, politics, religion, writing, and more. We are students with a variety of spiritual backgrounds and students with no spiritual background. 

We are trained and engaged in on-going training on subjects that include mental health, rape crisis, peer support, substance abuse, suicide prevention, eating disorders, clinical pastoral education, identity development, social justice, and spiritual care, with supervision through Spiritual Life.

What We Do

Peer chaplains take time to "be there;" through nonjudgmental active listening they provide a confidential ministry of presence. We cultivate a  mutual sense of well-being, working to reduce feelings of alienation, and offering love and compassion to anyone in need.

Peer chaplains are learning to be spiritual leaders. We take into account how a person’s beliefs or lack thereof play into how that person is feeling. Peer chaplains can help provide a window for the individual to look inward and reflect. A peer chaplain is present, a witness to, and companion in a challenging moment. 

Experiencing open communication and radical acceptance can invigorate one’s spirit. Peer chaplains provide connection and affirmation to help students seek hope, gain insight, and explore perspectives to find grounding.

How to Schedule an Appointment/Drop In Hours

Stop by the peer chaplaincy office during drop-in hours or email peerchaplains@hampshire.edu to schedule an appointment.
Drop-In Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 6-8 p.m.
The peer chaplaincy office is on the second floor of the Wellness Center, in Enfield.

Stay In Touch
With Spiritual Life
Snail Mail
Spiritual Life Office
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002