What is the Peer Mentor Program?
The Peer Mentor Program is an organization that supports first-year students and is led by upperclassmen. Peer Mentors now have the opportunity to enroll in an internship class consisting of one credit hour. Peer Mentors can earn up to three total credit hours. Often Peer Mentors contribute personal experiences to the class, lead discussions, help students with challenges in their first semester, develop relationships with students in the class, and help students to get involved at UL.
Who Are Peer Mentors?
Peer Mentors are students who provide advice, guidance, and CONNECTION to first-year students. Peer Mentors volunteer throughout the semester to become a role model and class facilitator for a small group of freshmen enrolled in a UNIV100 first-year seminar class. These classes are designed to help students successfully transition to college life after high school. Peer Mentors attend UNIV100 with their group of students and provide in and out of class assistance throughout the freshmen's first semester. Peer mentors help the instructor by being a class facilitator and role model. The peer mentor’s goal is to support learning for first-year students and ease their transition into the university.
Why Should I Become a Peer Mentor?
Often Peer Mentors contribute personal experiences to the class, lead discussions, help students with challenges in their first semester, develop relationships with students in the class, and help students to get involved at UL.
How Do I Become a Peer Mentor?
Step 1. Students can apply to the Peer Mentor Program once they have accumulated 12 credit hours. Students must have and maintain a 2.5 semester and cumulative GPA to qualify for the program.
Step 2. New applicants go through a series of group interviews to assess their strengths and weaknesses. Group Interviews consist of activities designed to assess students’ communication, teamwork, and leadership skills. Following Group Interviews, an Individual Interview may be required of applicants.
Step 3. Students will meet their small groups, a support system meant to serve as a space to discuss ideas, training topics, and more. These small groups are led by Lead Peer Mentors.
Step 4. New peer mentors are also required to complete a virtual training over the summer. This training helps prepare students to become mentors for first-time freshmen. Following training, there will be a required social event held in August before the fall semester begins. Peer Mentors will be assigned to their UNIV 100 classes mid to late summer.
IMPORTANT DATES- REQUIRED
- Lead Peer Mentor Applications: October 5-23
- Peer Mentor Applications: November 2- December 2
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