Through this leadership co-curricular experience, upperclassmen are challenged to mentor and engage first-year students to help foster and supplement the journey of the First-year Fellowship. Developing students’ competencies in peer leadership and effective influence, this series prepares the Peer Leadership Mentors (PLMs) to properly represent, advocate, and lead their peers. Simultaneously, our PLM’s are working to develop an aptitude for critical analysis, social consciousness, and emotional intelligence in order to be prepared for the professional world to which they are about to embark. In an experience consisting of mentoring, programming, facilitation, and curriculum design, the PLM’s will develop transferable skills and apply them in an influential leadership role. To prepare them for those responsibilities, PLM’s are enrolled in a seminar that focuses on community organizing, group dynamics, and emotional intelligence. Building a community amongst themselves, our PLM’s will use this information to build rapport with their mentees and evoke positive change.
Peer Leadership Mentors will take lead on opportunities such as:
- Mentoring a group of 4-5 first-year students through our First-Year Fellowship program
- Facilitating a class about leadership styles for 30 Fellowship students
- Organizing a leadership program for the department to support first-years in transition
- Actively participating in an 8-week, 1.5 credit course that will help make meaning of the skills needed to excel in future roles
Peer Leadership Mentor recruitment begins in October of each year so please be sure to check back here next fall to participate!