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Arts and Sciences Honors Peer Mentor Program

The Arts and Sciences Honors Peer Mentor Program provides sophomores, juniors, and seniors with the opportunity to serve as a resource for first-year students in the ASC Honors Program. 

Job Description: Peer Mentors are integrated into the ASC Honors survey class during autumn semester. In survey class, Peer Mentors will assist academic advisors in leading discussions on a variety of topics. Peer Mentors will also work together and with academic advisors to develop an interactive presentation/discussion for survey class on transition issues and adjusting to college life.  Throughout the academic year, Peer Mentors will also provide information and support to first-year students.

Goals for the 2024-2025 School Year: The Peer Mentor Program has, at its core, a commitment to assisting first year Arts and Sciences Honors students transition to their college experience. In the 2024-2025 school year, we hope to work with the mentors and students in the classroom to build community that extends beyond Survey. Mentors will have the opportunity to interact with students inside and outside the classroom, and are encouraged to design activities.

Benefits to Mentors: Following the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) guidelines for development of career competencies, we encourage mentors to use this opportunity to build skills, especially in the areas of leadership, communication, collaboration, and work ethic. In a typical year, we will facilitate opportunities to grow these skills, and to explore how to both develop and frame your experiences to assist your future career path.

Our own research has demonstrated a distinct growth among mentors related to self-confidence, presentation skills, and self-reflection. We are pleased that so many of our mentors continue in the program for multiple years.

Commitment to Representation: The ASC Honors Peer Mentor Program supports the transition of diverse first year students into the strongest appropriate academic programs by providing them with near peer exemplars from a wide range of perspectives, affiliations, and experiences. We encourage students of all identities to apply to the Arts and Sciences Honors Peer Mentor Program.

The Application is Now Closed

Questions about the program or about the application process can be directed to Joanna Spanos.