Our Philosophies

About the Wellness Education & Promotion Centre (WEPC)

The Wellness Education & Promotion Centre (WEPC) works from five philosophical foundations while providing experiential learning opportunities through peer-to-peer programs. Each philosophy contributes to a space in which every individual can feel comfortable seeking support or information.

The following is a list of the philosophies that WEPC believes in:

The Choice Model

The choice model does not encourage or discourage behaviours, but respects that students have the right to make their own decisions regarding their lives and bodies. We strive to provide students with the appropriate information for them to make informed choices about the challenges they face. We allow students to freely make choices that best suit their needs and lifestyles.

Safe(r) Space

A space that is inclusive and strives to eliminate discrimination against people experiencing all forms of oppression, such as homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, ableism, classism, and beyond.

Harm-Reduction Model

WEPC uses the harm-reduction model when providing educational resources and programs to students on campus. The harm-reduction model believes it is more effective to provide health resources that will decrease the risk associated with high-risk behaviours, such as needle use and unprotected sex, rather than prohibit these activities.


Sex-positivity is a form of sexual health promotion that focuses on positive attitudes towards sexuality rather than using scare tactics, or focusing on the negative consequences of engaging in unsafe behaviour. It recognizes that sexual health is a basic human right and challenges heteronormative ideals of sexuality.

Health at Every Size

The Health at Every Size philosophy believes that body sizes are naturally diverse and recognizes that health can be achieved at any size. It does not promote the pursuit of weight loss for health, but rather the pursuit of health for health itself. It promotes eating according to your body's natural cues, and exercising for pleasure and its associated health benefits, as opposed to fat burning.