Who is a Peer Mentor?
Peer mentors are undergraduate students who provide guidance to first-year 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.
- Providing mentees with campus resources and recommending 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.
- Enrolling in a 3-credit course on Latin@s, Leadership, and Mentoring (LLAS 2001) in the fall semester
Minimum Mentor Qualifications:
- Be enrolled as a full-time student for a least one year at the Storrs campus prior to the beginning of the new academic year
- Have a sincere desire to help first-year 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 GPA of 2.5 or higher
Benefits of Being a Peer Mentor
- Opportunity to interact and work closely with UConn students, faculty, and staff
- Valuable leadership experience, which may be used for future references
- 3-credit course which may be used toward degree requirements
- Develop skills in interpersonal communication, mentoring, and conflict resolution
- Build friendships with other supportive students who are committed to making a positive difference in the lives of others
- Upon acceptance into the program, all mentors must complete a 2-day training in the week before school starts
- Mentors must also enroll in LLAS 2001
LLAS 2001 (3-credit course): Latin@s, Leadership, and Mentoring
- Examine Latinx mentoring relationships, academic success strategies, and leadership development in theory and in practical application
- Consider Latinx perspectives on educational attainment and success in the Unites States