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STEM Forward LC Peer Mentor Position Description 2019-2020

The Office of Learning Communities has a Peer Mentor (PM) program designed to give students the opportunity to engage in a position that promotes academic success with first year Learning Community residents. Through this the PMs will support the Mission of the Office of Learning Communities by coordinating academic initiatives pertaining to their learning community.

Overall Peer Mentor Duties:

Academic Resource Education

  • Help students identify personal success goals and strategies
  • Assist students in navigating institution academic resources such as Orange Success, Degree Works, and Blackboard
  • Spend a minimum of one hour a week on the LC floor, checking in with students and offering academic support

Academic Programming

  • Facilitate the creation of and remain a resource for study groups
  • Plan and implement two academic programs or workshops a semester, one tailored around academic resources and one around preparing for academic advising appointments
  • Collaborate with other LC team members on programs and events as necessary

Academic Outreach and Support

  • Provide necessary referrals to campus academic support services
  • Support students in managing their academic difficulties

Training and Other Administrative duties

  • Adhere to SU and Residence Life policies
  • Participate in peer mentor training, staff meetings, and supervisor 1on1s
  • Greet students and parents on the LC floor as a part of the Fall move-in
  • Attend LC team meetings, welcome event, and the LC opening event
  • Assist with gathering feedback on the peer mentor program from students

STEM Forward LC Specific Duties:

  • Participate in the various activities associated with a 2-day program with Shaw Hall STEM incoming first generation college students
  • Plan an hour team building activity with their mentor group to foster a sense of group belonging and cohesion amongst the first generation college students within the first 8 weeks of school
  • Be responsible for engaging mentees through the use of the STEM Forward Facebook page, Google Hangout, Skype, GroupMe, or other forms of technology and will generate online discussion topics per month that addresses student transition and SU event attendance
  • Attend at least 1 on campus event per semester geared towards first generation college students with their mentees (i.e.: Office of First Year and Transfer Programs First Generation Networking Reception
  • Assist students in navigating SU and understanding the keys to succeeding both in and out of the classroom as a first generation college student


  • Peer Mentors will have the opportunity to earn up to 50 hours at $11.80 hourly rate or $590.00 total for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Peer Mentor Qualifications:

  • Be in good academic standing with the university: 2.5 semester GPA and 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Be in good judicial standing with the University
  • Must identify as a first generation college student
  • Be able to commit to the PM position from August 19, 2019-May 6, 2020
  • Be able to commit up to 4 hours a week to the PM position  
  • Be invested in student learning through encouraging academic success, exchanging meaningful dialogue, and supporting personal growth
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills and enjoy building relationships with students
  • Display strong organizational and time management skills
  • PMs are highly encouraged to live in their LC buildings, however, it is not mandatory. Preference will be given to candidates willing to live on the floor
  • Candidates who have related majors, taken LC courses, or lived in an LC previously will be given priority


  • Application Deadline: Sunday, February 3, 2019