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P.E.E.R.S. Mentor Program: Students Making the Journey Together

The Program to Engage and Exchange Resources for Students (P.E.E.R.S.) is off to an amazing start.  Over 125 incoming first year students were paired with a returning student based on shared interests, majors, and experiences in order to provide students with additional resources and increase students' sense of belonging and connection to each other and the University.  Mentor relationships for college students have served to support the ssocial and emotional changes that occur during their academic journey and to increase students' development in the areas of resilience, efficacy, and academic success.  We are excited to have so many students participate in the program this year.

P.E.E.R.S. mentor pairs commit to connecting throughout the academic year and attending P.E.E.R.S. events, including First Fridays.  First Fridays are monthly meetings where all P.E.E.R.S. participants come together to learn and process their social, personal, and leadership development as scholars.  During our first First Friday meeting, students had the opportunity to meet alumnae, Dr. Lourdes Maurice, and hear of her amazing story and history with the University of Dayton.  We are excited about the journey students will continue to travel together and the intentional support that they will receive through their new mentor/mentee relationships.

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