Office of Health Promotion

Rensselaer promotes, maintains, and improves individual and community health by teaching students individually and collectively how to take an active role in their own health care.

Health promotion initiatives at Rensselaer utilize comprehensive, evidence-based practices to improve health knowledge, behaviors, and skills of Rensselaer students. It is our goal to lead students to positive change and/or reinforce existing knowledge, behaviors, and skills that support overall health and wellness.

Programs & Topics Covered:

  • Alcohol and Other Drugs

  • Narcan Training (in collaboration with Rensselaer County Health Dept.) 

  • Mental Health & Wellness 

  • Healthy Eating

  • Movement & Exercise

  • Safer Sex

  • Sleep Hygiene

  • Human Sexuality

  • Stress Management 

  • Intimate Partner Violence 

  • Self-Care & Wellness

To request a one-on-one consultation on any health or wellness topic, or to request a wellness program for your club or organization, please email: 

Initiatives and Services


Wellness Workshops are free and available to all RPI students. All workshops are virtual, so you can tune in from the convenience of anywhere on- or off-campus.

Registration is required. Register for any of our fall 2022 semester workshops via the following link:

Check back for monthly calendar updates regarding our fall 2022 semester wellness workshops! 

Calendar of November Wellness Workshops




Rensselaer’s Bystander Intervention Training was developed in fall 2013 by the Student Health Center and Counseling Center, utilizing evidence-based research to address six common areas of risky behavior found among college students who may engage in social activities in the presence of alcohol and/or other drugs: substance misuse, hazing, sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, mental health emergencies, and physical emergencies. This training helps students develop the skills necessary to intervene in these types of situations, while keeping themselves and others safe. 

To request a group training, please email:



Designed for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) campus community at Rensselaer, this program pairs "mentors" ("out" LGBTQ+ staff, faculty, and local alumni) and "mentees" (LGBTQ+ undergraduate and graduate students) in formal mentoring relationships.

Mentors can provide professional advice and emotional support, help you explore your sexual orientation, romantic orientation, and/or gender identity, and serve as a friendly LGBTQ+ face on campus to meet with for coffee/lunch, a walk, or just to talk.

Mentee privacy is maintained at all times. For more information, contact the program coordinator: Tara R. Schuster


CPN Seal of Prevention

Pre-matriculation, all incoming freshmen and transfer students are required to complete two online educational programs: AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates (SAPU) created by Vector Solutions. AlcoholEdu is a personalized educational program that assesses individual risk, covers campus and federal policies, addresses risk-reduction - including abstinence, and covers on- and off-campus resources. SAPU covers sexual misconduct, campus and federal policies, and reviews on- and off-campus resources. 

Many of you know that at Rensselaer, we take a proactive, comprehensive approach to supporting the whole student. This includes your overall wellbeing, starting even before you begin your studies at our university. We have made it a priority for all students to participate in a series of online wellness trainings aimed at creating a safer campus community. Some of these programs (AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates or SAPU) were required before your arrival on campus, and others are part of the ongoing wellness initiatives we integrate throughout your college experience. We believe this continued investment in prevention is central to upholding our mission, honoring your trust, and preparing you for success in all facets of your life - on campus and beyond.

In October of 2020, Rensselaer earned the highly regarded Campus Prevention Network (CPN) Seal of Prevention for our best-in-class prevention and wellness programs. The CPN Seal represents the highest standard for online prevention education, with a rigorous set of criteria to ensure we are making a measurable impact across the critical health and safety areas of sexual assault prevention and alcohol and drug misuse. We are confident that our comprehensive digital education efforts, paired with the work that faculty, staff and students like you do every day to reinforce the values and expectations of our community, will support us in making Rensselaer the best it can be.



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Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Meetings

A complete list of meetings available in Rensselaer County:

Al-Anon of the Greater Capital District

Al-Anon meetings are for anyone who has been affected by someone’s drinking. For a listing of meetings available in the Capital District of New York visit:

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Meetings

University at Albany: Collegiate Recovery Program (Fall 2022 Schedule)

University at Albany (UAlbany) provides a range of recovery support groups in the areas of substance use, gambling, and self-harm. Support groups are free of charge and available to all area college students. Please visit the following website for the UAlbany campus map:

For more information or questions about these support groups, visit the UAlbany Collegiate Recovery Program website:

SMART Recovery Meeting (learn coping skills)

  • Tuesdays from 7:00 - 8:00 pm in Catskill, Room 160  

All-Recovery Meeting (open forum) 

  • Wednesdays from 6:00 - 7:00 pm in Catskill, Room 160

Friends & Family SMART Recovery (learn coping skills if you have a loved one you're concerned about)  

  • Thursdays from 6:00 - 7:00 pm in Humanities, Room 039   

Refuge Recovery (practice mindfulness)  

  • Sundays from 6:00 - 7:00 pm via Zoom (Meeting ID: 984 0050 6473 & Passcode: RR2022)


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