Peer mentors are sophomores, juniors, or seniors with at least a 2.5 GPA, who are in good judicial standing and involved in at least one co-curricular activity on campus. In total, peer mentors work approximately five hours each week. Peer mentors are assertive, friendly, knowledgeable, and open-minded.
Peer mentors are recruited in the spring for the following fall. They must submit an application along with two references. They are then interviewed by staff from the Office for Student Development. Applicants are evaluated on their communication skills, general understanding of first-year student needs, time management abilities, and problem-solving skills. For more information on the application process, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Peer mentors participate in training activities prior to starting the position. The training covers a variety of topics including confidentiality/ethical behavior, theoretical perspectives on first-year students, group facilitation and development information, basic helping/referral skills, MU resources, intercultural competency, and event planning. They also receive on-going training throughout the school year to address issues on an as-needed basis.