P.E.E.R.S. Mentor Program
The P.E.E.R.S. (Program to Engage and Exchange Resources for Students) mentor program is dedicated to engaging and empowering first-year students to successfully navigate the college experience. The program is designed to give multicultural students a way to create and maintain meaningful relationships with peers and build a connection to the greater UD community. The PEERS program helps to foster an inclusive environment that is rewarding for mentors and mentees. While students learn and grow together, they become active partners in shared learning experiences through programs, services, and relationships. Mentors and mentees will receive personal, social, cultural and academic support that will aid in the retention and persistence towards graduation from UD.
Participants of the PEERS mentoring program will:
- have access to a community of support and resources during key stages of their academic career.
- receive support that aids in their personal and leadership development.
- develop a greater sense of belonging to UD by engaging in the PEERS community.
- be exposed to diverse perspectives and experiences that affirms their cultural identity.
"Mentoring relationships are mutual ones in which both partners in the relationship have a commitment to shared learning through the relationship” (Liddell, Cooper, Healy, & Lazarus Stewart, 2010).
The mentor/mentee relationship is a valuable and reciprical relationship which both parties gain skills and grow.
Benefits of becoming a mentor include:
- Increased self-esteem and confidence when expressing self and providing leadership
- Satisfaction of helping a student reach their academic and professional goals
- Recognition at the OMA for participation in a leadership-related activity
- An expanded network of colleagues within the mentor cohort
- Recognition for service to the community
- Increased self-esteem, self- confidence and affirmation of leadership competence
- Learning new methods for effective communication
- Specialized training
Benefits of becoming a mentee include:
- A broader view of their UD experience
- Camaraderie and better opportunity to feel a sense of belonging
- Access to a support system during critical stages of their academic and leadership development
- Clearer understanding and enhancement of academic and co-curricular plans
- Exposure to diverse perspectives and experiences
- Direct access to powerful resources within their major and areas of interest
- Increased self-esteem and confidence when dealing with new people and situations that come with the college experience, especially those that tend to accompany multicultural students
A mentor is a trusted student who helps facilitate a student’s transition into college and the UD community. The mentor supports the mentee through providing advice, resources, caring, and sharing of their own personal experience. A positive mentor is one who challenges, is objective, follows through, celebrates mentee successes, inspires loyalty, institutional attachment, reassures, is optimistic, courageous, supportive, perceptive and empowers.
If you are interested in becoming a Mentor please click here.
OMA is seeking first-year students who are enthusiastic and are deciated to ensuring they are successul as they navigate the college experience. We are asking that students take the first step in investing in their college career.
If you are interested in becoming a Mentee please click here.