03/13/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 03/13/2018 10:09
Peer mentors help other students during their transition to college.
KALAMAZOO, Mich.-Western Michigan University is now hiring motivated, supportive students to serve as peer mentors for its new Success @ WMU initiative.
Positions pay $10.25 an hour for five to 12 hours per week. The application deadline is Sunday, March 18.
WMU faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate students they feel would be positive guides for new students. All nominees will receive an email invitation to apply prior to the application deadline.
The Success @ WMU initiative will provide a peer mentor to all new first-year, transfer and international students during their first year at WMU. Peer mentors will work with one or two groups of 22 students who are part of the same academic program or college. Some mentors will provide course-specific support with in-class assistance and study sessions.
Specific peer mentor responsibilities include sharing academic success strategies, promoting campus resources, encouraging campus engagement, and helping new students develop a sense of belonging at WMU. Ultimately, peer mentors coach their students on the skills, techniques and strategies for navigating University life in and out of the classroom.
Faculty and staff interested getting involved with the Success @ WMU initiative are invited to help hire peer mentors. Options to help include conducting interviews or evaluating applications with a rubric. Interviews are currently being planned for Friday through Sunday, March 23-25. Interested individuals should email Laura Darrah at [email protected].
For continued updates on the Success @ WMU initiative, visit wmich.edu/president/transformational-initiative-fund/success-wmu.
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