A new peer mentor program through Success@WMU is currently looking for applicants to help cover the 2,000 new students who do not currently have a peer mentor to help them in adjusting to college.
“Current peer mentor programs like Trio and (Kalamazoo Promise) will come under the umbrella of Success@WMU concept, as will support already part of the Gateways to Success program and First Year Seminar courses,” Laura Darrah, Assistant Director of Residence Life said in an email interview. “The Success@WMU initiative will group those remaining students by college and provide a peer mentor.”
According to the job description, these 100-150 selected peer mentors will be responsible for being a knowledgeable guide for new students, supporting them in their transition to college life and developing a sense of belonging at WMU. Peer mentors will work between five and 12 hours a week with one or two groups of 22 students who are part of the same academic program or college. They provide support through one-on-one and group-mentoring sessions and some will provide course-specific support with in-class assistance and study sessions.
Along with maintaining good academic standing, including a 2.5 GPA, applicants must have completed at least two semesters at WMU by the end of the spring 2018 semester.
Pay for the position is $10.25 per hour and selected candidates must be able to work five to 12 hours a week, with the number of hours depending on working with one or two mentee groups. Additionally, they will attend a mentor training session from Aug. 20 – 21, 2018, with an option of being a Fall Welcome Ambassador Aug. 22-28, 2018. Selected candidates will also be required to attend periodic trainings and staff meetings during the year.
“The Success@WMU peer mentors will support their students with their transition to college and help them develop a sense of belonging at WMU,” said Darrah.
“Examples of things peer mentors may do include (meeting) regularly with your students, (providing) academic advice, (helping) students connect to resources and (promoting) campus involvement. Ultimately, peer mentors coach their students on the skills, techniques and strategies for navigating university life in and out of the classroom.”
Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. on March 18, 2018.
The application link can be found here https://goo.gl/4fTL7k