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STEM Forward LC Peer Mentor

Thank you for applying for a Peer Mentor (PM) position with the Office of Learning Communities for the 2017-2018 academic year. The LC Peer Mentor is a live in student staff member that provides learning community residents academic and social support through programs and/or class initiatives pertaining to specific learning communities.  These student leaders will create educational programs, foster relationships with faculty and staff, assist first-year students in transitioning to Syracuse University, and help students become connected with academic support services and/or university services.

Minimum Qualification Requirements:

  • Must be a matriculated, full-time student in an undergraduate degree program who will be a sophomore by Fall 2017
  • Should have a Fall 2016 minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Must have previously lived in Syracuse University Housing for at least one semester
  • Cannot be concurrently employed as a Resident Advisor or Orientation Leader due to positional responsibilities during first six weeks of the fall semester. Other campus leadership or academic role modeling positions are considered.
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Will be required to live on the learning community floor or within the building, exceptions to this will be made on case by case basis pending the needs of the Learning Community

General Requirements & Responsibilities:

  • Full academic year position (August 20, 2017-May 6, 2018)
  • Attend Peer Mentor  Spring Welcome Reception/meeting: April 20, 2017
  • Attend and participate in Fall Peer Mentor All day retreat: August 20, 2017
  • Attend and participate in an Fall NEW Peer Mentor training: August 21, 2017
  • Attend and participate in LCRA/PM lunch meet and greet: August 24, 2017
  • Serve as an academic and social role model
  • Assist with Fall 2017 Move in as a member of the Goon Squad
  • Attend LC Palooza (September 2017) & LC Palooza 2 (April 2018)
  • Attend 2 Peer Mentor only Staff Meetings per semester
  • Attend bi weekly 1:1 meetings with Office of Learning Communities staff (as needed)
  • Assist in the coordination of the Welcome Event and Opening Activity with the Learning Community Resident Advisor (LCRA)
  • Attend and participate in Spring Peer Mentor ½ day retreat/training: January 2017
  • Complete all Peer Mentor administrative tasks: interaction logs, timesheets, emails
  • Act as a representative of the Office of Learning Communities
  • Other duties as assigned

Specific LC Requirements & Responsibilities:

In addition to completing the above tasks the Learning Community Peer Mentor is expected to fulfill the additional duties and responsibilities for their individual Learning Community set forth by the LC team.

Overview of Position

The STEM Forward mentoring program provides first-year learning community students who are the first in their family to attend college the opportunity to connect with an upper-class mentor who also identifies as a first generation college student. Through the program LC residents will learn how to navigate SU and understand the keys to succeeding both in and out of the classroom. STEM Forward Peer Mentors will connect their mentees to students, faculty, and staff who identify as first-generation as well as provide them with direct and indirect connection to campus resources that will assist them in their first-year transition.


Must live in Shaw Hall for the 2017-2018 academic year if selected as a mentor.


The primary responsibility of the STEM Forward Peer Mentor is to develop a year-long mentoring relationship with their assigned peer mentor group. Group mentoring is designed to provide a team approach in discussing and meeting the needs of first generation college students through dialogue, seminars and SU office connections.

  • Training. In addition to the ALL staff Peer Mentor Training, STEM Forward Mentors will be required to attend an additional 3-hour training for the different aspects of the mentor program ( Date: August 2017)
  • Pre- Orientation Program (August 2017 - Tentative). As part of the mentee recruitment STEM Forward mentors will be required to participate in the various activities associated with our 2-day program with Shaw Hall STEM incoming first generation college students.
  • Programming. STEM Forward mentors will be required to develop and implement a variety of academic and social programs that aim at connecting mentees to SU and off campus events.
  • CONNECT through Technology. Peer Mentors will be responsible for engaging mentees through the use of the STEM Forward Facebook page. Mentors will generate online discussion topics per month that addresses student transition and SU event attendance.
  • Teambuilding with mentees. Peer Mentors will be expected to plan a hour team building activity with their mentor group to foster a sense of group belonging and cohesion amongst the first generation college students. The retreat/activity is to occur within the first 8 weeks of school.
  • Meetings. Peer Mentors will hold group mentoring sessions with their mentees in their residence hall. These group mentoring sessions serve as the primary discussion group for the mentees where they are able to discuss the course of their SU transition. Mentors can also use the group meetings as an opportunity to provide the mentees the tools they need to succeed through skill building sessions, SU staff/faculty presentations, etc. Mentors are also encouraged to develop one to one mentor/mentee relationships throughout the year.
  • SU Events. Peer Mentors will be required to attend at least 1 on campus event per semester geared towards first generations college students with their mentees (i.e : Office of First Year and Transfer Programs First Generation Networking Reception


  • Must be majoring in a STEM related discipline
  • Must be a sophomore or junior for the 2017-2018 academic year
  • Must identify as a first generation college student
  • Previous Shaw Hall Learning Community resident (preferred)


  • Peer Mentors will have the opportunity to earn up to $400.00 for the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Peer Mentors will also be allowed to move in beginning August 18, 2017 at no extra charge.


  • Application Opens: Sunday, November 13, 2016
  • Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 31, 2017