What is Peer Support?

The Peer Support team are students trained in helping behaviors that encourage healthy choices. WellPAC Peer Support are students - just like you - and can relate to many of the struggles to find a balance between academics, personal life, and everything in between. WellPAC provides Certified Peer Educator training from the BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA to its Peer Support Team. This gives them a foundation of effective communication and knowledge of on- and off- campus resources, information, and opportunities to support FLC students in making healthy lifestyle changes. We utilize various techniques, including Motivational Interviewing, to help encourage healthy behaviors.

Peer Support Team

Kaitlyn Painter

Kaitlyn Painter poses with snowy background

Hey! My name is Kaitlyn, and I am King Island Iñupiaq (UgiuvagmiuguruNa) from Nome, Alaska. I am a fourth-year Psychology Major with a Sociology Minor. After graduate school, I aspire to work with children with adverse childhood experiences in social services. I currently serve as president for FLC's Indigenous Society of Psychologists, working to highlight the importance of the well-being of our Indigenous community here on campus. I also work with WellPAC as its Substance Use Education Coordinator and have enjoyed getting to know and work with FLC’s fantastic students, staff, and faculty, who continue to inspire me.

Daniel Otero

Daniel Otero

Hello! My name is Daniel, and I am a Native American from the Pueblo of Santa Ana, NM. I am a third-year double majoring in Psychology and Exercise and Health Promotion, with a Peace and Conflict Studies minor. I am passionate about the social services career and hope to help my community back home. I am involved with ISP, WellPAC, and TRIO Student Success Center. I enjoy playing pool, reading, and listening to music in my free time.
I look forward to working with you!

Spencer Busick

Spencer Busick holds the flag of the Chickasaw Nation

Chokma! Saholhchifoat Spencer. Anchokka-chafaat Oklahoma City aaminti Chickasha saya anoa ilefenachi nulha tuk kia uno chickashshanompa’ anompolili 

chokma ki’yo.
Thank you for taking the time to attempt to read a bit of the Chickasaw language that I was able to share. I wish to learn, practice, and preserve my Nation’s language for my Grandma, myself, and the continuation of the Chickasaw’s unconquered and unconquerable legacy. Here is a rough translation: 

Hello! My name is Spencer. My family is from Oklahoma City. I am Chickasaw and proud to be. Although I do not speak the Chickasaw language, I want to learn. I am proud of having German, Irish, and Chickasaw descent. I am 24 years old, a first-generation senior at FLC. I have finished my major in psychology and explored sociology and public health. I am involved with the Reed Honors Program, TRiO, WellPAC, and the Peer Support Office. I am gladly back in Durango to complete my second major in Borders and Languages with a minor in environmental policy and a Certificate in Regenerative Food Systems. My education aligns with my passion for communicating, destigmatizing mental health, sustainability, and land stewardship/conservation. My psychology major has opened many opportunities for me (like this one!) to work in my desired field, practice counseling, and support this community. My current dream is to combine my passions in psychology, sustainability, and growing food into a mentorship program for Chickasaw youths. I hope to support youth development, reingidinize our food system, and myself by learning the Chickasaw language to teach to future generations.

Sarah Garcia

Sarah Garcia sits on a boulder with the Durango wilderness behind her.

Uvlulluataq. Iñupiaqsisiga Qanatauraq Ivivik. Nalaugmiutchisiga Sarah. Iñupianuruna, Anchoragemiunuruna 

Good day. My Iñupiaq name is Qanatauraq Ivivik. My English name is Sarah. I am Iñupiaq and from Anchorage, AK. 

I am a senior at the Fort, and I’m majoring in Psychology with a minor in Native American Indigenous Studies. I have a strong passion for working with people and destigmatizing mental health topics.