During August orientation, students will be introduced to peer mentors, upper class students who will serve as knowledgeable guides throughout the first year. Peer mentors are thoughtful role models who will share with students their perspective on the first-year experience, helping them navigate campus resources and facilitating engagement with the campus community. Peer mentors maintain regular contact with new students, and likewise new students are encouraged to reach out to peer mentors when they have questions.
The Role of a Peer Mentor
- A liaison and advocate for new students;
- A thoughtful facilitator who helps connect students to people and resources;
- A role model for academic success and social engagement.
Specific Responsibilities of a Peer Mentor
- Participation in full-day training sessions in August.
- Participation in ongoing in-service trainings throughout the academic year.
- Participate in online interactions with new students during the summer.
- Maintain regular contact with new students throughout the first year (mentors must be available for both the fall and spring semesters). During the fall semester only, mentors must be available Fridays, 9:10 – 10:15 AM.
- Work both independently and as part of a team with fellow Peer Mentors.
- Understand and abide by all Drew University policies.
- Serve as a positive academic and social role model.
- Educate new students about various resources available at Drew.
- Meet with students during designated Friday sessions (fall only) and outside of class at a time mutually agreed upon by students.
- Communicate frequently with academic advisors, keeping them informed of student issues.
- Attend lectures or other programs with students.
- Maintain confidentiality with any shared information, (except in cases when a mentor has concerns about the welfare of a student).
- Coordinate and facilitate group meetings with students, including study sessions.
- Meet individually with the Associate Dean for Academic Services to discuss new student concerns, as needed.