Peer mentoring is a form of mentorship that takes place between a more experienced person (peer mentor) and a person who is new to that experience (peer mentee). This form of mentorship enhances incoming students’ university experience as it builds supportive relationships between the two parties, enabling the mentors to share their knowledge and experience with the mentees, in addition to providing the mentees with an approachable source of support and guidance as they navigate their life as University students.
The Peer Mentorship program aims to:
Qualities of a Peer Mentor
- Help students navigate newfound social and academic responsibilities.
- Support students facing financial hardships, family issues, or personal barriers they feel unable to overcome.
- Prepare new students for first year by encouraging them to develop specific study skills.
- Encourage new students to get involved in social activities around campus.
- Help new students make friends.
- Reassure new students when it comes to concerns they may have about starting college.
- Provide a space where new students can ask questions.
- Enhance the overall quality of the first year experience.
- Equip Peer Mentors with organizational, communication and leadership skills.
Peer Mentors should have the following qualities:
Responsibilities of a Peer Mentor
- Willingness to invest time and energy.
- Ability and willingness to communicate.
- Empathetic and supportive personality.
- Positive attitude.
- Solid interpersonal and communication skills.
- Capacity to motivate others.
- Approachable and attentive.
- Objective and fair.
Upon being selected, peer mentors undergo a variety of training sessions to prepare them for their role and familiarize them with their responsibilities. These responsibilities include the following:
- Participate in social media interactions with new students.
- Maintain regular contact with new students.
- Work both independently and as part of a team with fellow Peer Mentors.
- Attend and participate in all training sessions and meetings.
- Understand and abide by all University policies.
- Serve as a positive academic and social role model.
- Educate new students about various resources and student services.
- Maintain confidentiality with any shared information.
- Coordinate and facilitate social and educational programs as desired or needed.
- Complete formal program evaluations and assessments of the program.
- Discuss any mentee concerns with the Dean of Student Affairs.