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P.E.E.R.S. Mentor Program

P.E.E.R.S. Mentor Program


If you are interested in becoming a Mentee and are a first-year undergraduate student, please click HERE.

If you are interested in becoming a Mentor please click HERE.

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 the 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 affirm 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 reciprocal relationship where both parties gain skills that will be beneficial to success at the University of Dayton and grow into valuable members of the Dayton community.

Benefits of becoming a mentor include:
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence when expressing self
  • An opportunity to serve in a leadership role
  • Satisfaction of helping a student reach their academic and professional goals
  • Recognition from the Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center for participation in a leadership-related activity and service to the community
  • An expanded network of colleagues within the mentor cohort
  • Opportunity to learn new methods for effective communication
  • Specialized training
Benefits of becoming a mentee include:
  • A broader view of the UD experience
  • Increased opportunity to feel a sense of belonging
  • Access to a support system during critical stages of your academic and leadership development
  • Clearer understanding and growth of academic and co-curricular plans
  • Exposure to diverse perspectives and experiences
  • Direct access to remarkable resources within your major and areas of interest
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence when engaging with new people and situations as a college student, including experiences that may be encountered by multicultural students
Get Involved:

A mentor is a trusted student who helps facilitate a student’s transition into college and the UD community.  The mentor supports the mentee by providing advice, resources, care, and sharing of their personal experience.  A positive mentor is one who challenges, is objective, follows through, celebrates mentee successes, inspires a dedicated work ethic, an institutional connection, is optimistic, courageous, supportive, perceptive and empowers the mentee.

If you are interested in becoming a Mentor please click HERE.


MEC is seeking first-year students who are enthusiastic and are dedicated to ensuring they are successful as they navigate the college experience. We are asking that students take the first step in investing in their college career by joining PEERS.

If you are interested in becoming a Mentee and are a first-year undergraduate student, please click HERE.



Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center

Alumni Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0318