Who is a peer mentor?
Peer mentors are undergraduate students that provide guidance to first-year and transfer students. A peer mentor is a role model in the areas of academic achievement and co-curricular involvement at UConn and is instrumental in assisting new students become successful and integrated in all aspects of campus life. Peer mentors are responsible for the following:
- Providing mentees assistance with campus resources and suggesting appropriate workshops, events, and activities that will help mentees get connected to life at UConn
- Assisting mentees with personal concerns such as adjustment issues, housing/roommate issues, making friends, peer pressure, parking, etc.
- Connecting mentees to other UConn students, faculty, and staff
- Enrolling in a 3-credit course on Latinos and Leadership in the fall semester (PRLS 3295)
What are the minimum mentor qualifications?
- Be enrolled as a full-time student for at least one year at the Storrs campus prior to the beginning of the academic year
- Have a sincere desire to help first-year and transfer students
- Demonstrate strong leadership, communication, and social skills
- Be involved in PRLACC and its programs/events during the course of the mentoring period
- Have a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher
What are the benefits to being a peer mentor?
- Opportunity to interact and work closely with UConn students, faculty and staff
- Valuable experience in leadership, which can be used for future professional employment and resume purposes (e.g., job references, resume leadership experience, etc.)
- 3-credit course, which can be used toward degree requirements
- Develop skills in interpersonal communication, mentoring and conflict resolution
- Build friendships with other bright and supportive students who are committed to the same goals in helping students succeed
Are there training requirements?
Yes. Upon acceptance into the program, all mentors must complete a 2 day training the week before school starts. Mentors must also enroll in PRLS 3295.
What is Latinos, Leadership and Mentoring (PRLS 3295)?
The overall purpose of this course is to expose students to issues faced by Latinos and to think critically about issues facing our communities and society. This course will encourage a high level of class discussion and active participation. Students will have a chance to work through case studies, participate in simulations, interact with experienced leaders, analyze popular films using Latino and leadership themes, and discuss the impact of current events and the realities of leadership. From this course, students will realize that leadership issues permeate every aspect of daily living, from events that make the local news to world crises. The class is offered Fall 2009 on Tuesdays from 4:00 to 6:30 pm.
How do I apply to be a peer mentor?
Fill out your mentor application and submit all application materials to PRLACC by the spring deadline. After applications have been reviewed, the program coordinators will contact applicants and schedule interviews.