Peer Mentoring Program

The FYI 100 Peer Mentoring Program

Is Accepting Applications for Fall 2018 Now!

Priority Application Deadline: February 12, 2018

Fall 2014 Peer Mentors

Please read all of the information below before submitting an  application.

Peer Mentors assist FYI 100 faculty within their course and  serve as advocates for the needs, interests, and rights of first-year students. The mentors will be involved in aspects of FYI 100 (First Year Introduction) course instruction, including syllabus planning, facilitating class discussions, and spending out-of-class time with students. The peer mentor role can include organizing social events, helping students connect with student groups on  campus, and guiding discussions on college survival skills such as time  management, advising, registration, and financial literacy.

 

You are eligible to be a peer mentor for FYI 100 if you meet or exceed the following criteria:

 

  1.  Have achieved at least sophomore standing before classes begin in Fall 2017
  2.  Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  3.  Have a strong interest in helping students achieve  academic success and become involved in university life
  4.  Have previous experience as a student in FYI 100 (preferred) or any volunteer or work
  5.  Have experience indicating an  ability to interact well with people and to follow through on commitments


Application Process

TO APPLY FOR A PEER MENTOR POSITION, please  read the “job description” below very carefully. If you are comfortable with the  stated policies and responsibilities, complete the online application form via  the link below. Upon receipt, your application will be reviewed and at the  discretion of the Director of FYI 100, you will be called in for an  interview.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL PEER MENTOR APPLICANTS–INCLUDING THOSE WHO  HAVE PREVIOUSLY PARTICIPATED IN THE PROGRAM–ARE REQUIRED TO FILL OUT AN  APPLICATION FORM AND, IF APPROVED, ENROLL IN FYR 314: PEER MENTOR SEMINAR (2 credits). EXPERIENCED PEER MENTORS ARE  INVALUABLE IN HELPING TO TRAIN THOSE WITH NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE.

TENTATIVE PEER MENTOR RESPONSIBILITIES

ALL PEER MENTORS MUST AGREE TO AND OR PARTICIPATE IN THE FOLLOWING:

    1. Attend a peer mentor training to be determined.
    2. You will be required to enroll in FYR 314  Peer Mentor Seminar, a two-credit course that has two components. The coursework component will meet every other Monday evening from 7:00  pm to 9:00  pm during the fall semester. Please do not schedule anything during the Fall 2017 semester on Mondays during this class time. This course is designed  to continue to provide the peer mentors with the skills required to help new students become proficient in using the academic and support resources of the  university. Topics such as critical thinking, academic honesty, facilitating class discussions, leadership skills, navigating the campus and local  community, making use of library resources, and promoting a culture of mutual  respect in and out of the classroom will be the core of the mentoring course.  The peer mentor class will offer the students a forum to discuss and assess their individual successes and problems as mentors. Assignments may include the  following:
      • Assigned readings followed by classroom discussion
      • Reflective essays to be created throughout the semester as a way  to record experiences with mentoring, teaching, and working with instructors
      • An end-of-the-semester project
      • New and returning peer mentors may be assigned tasks/projects based on experience

 

  1. The other FYR 314 course component is based  on a peer mentor’s performance as a mentor. A peer mentor is required to have weekly planning meetings with the FYI 100 faculty member they are assisting. FYI 100 is a 3-credit course and will generally meet more than once a  week. A peer mentor is required to attend with his/her FYI 100 class for one continuous 50-minute period each week. Both the FYR 314 instructor  and the FYI 100 instructor will monitor these requirements.
  2. Mentors are required to meet with their  students at least twice during the semester outside of the classroom. This will  require active organization by the peer mentor.
  3. Mentors are encouraged to involve their class in campus cultural activities.
  4. Mentors will uphold all the rules and regulations of the University, including academic integrity, in order to serve as role models for first year students.
  5. Mentors will maintain strict confidentiality about information shared between the peer mentor and students and with the FYI 100 instructors.
  6. Mentors will work as a team with their FYI 100 instructors, mentees, and fellow mentors. They will fulfill their responsibilities with respect and consideration for all team members. They will maintain the relationship of “mentor” to all their mentees.
  7. A mentor may be required to give PowerPoint presentations to their FYI 100 class on a variety of topics.
  8. Your FYR 314 instructor–in consultation with your FYI 100 course instructor–will determine your letter grade for FYR 314.

 

Eastern Connecticut State University is committed to following  the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the  Rehabilitation Act. If you are a student with a disability (or think  you may have a disability), and require adaptations or accommodations, or assistance evacuating a building in the case of an emergency, please contact  the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) at 860-465-0189 to discuss your  request further. Any student registered with the OAS should contact the  instructor as soon as possible for assistance with classroom  accommodations. Please note that the accommodations are not retroactive, and must be communicated through a Letter of Accommodation, which is drafted by the OAS.


To Apply:

Online Peer Mentor Application