Located within academic departments, CSSH Peer Mentors are upperclass students who guide incoming first-year students within their majors. Each department’s peer mentoring program looks a bit different, but the goal is the same: helping first-year students and transfer students feel connected to their departments and supported by peers during the first and second semester on campus.
What Are the Goals of the CSSH Peer Mentoring Program?
Located within academic units, CSSH Peer Mentors are upperclass students who work with incoming students within their majors. Each program/department’s peer mentoring program looks a bit different, but the goals for each of them are the same:
- Helping first-year students and transfer students feel connected to their programs/departments
- Providing peer support during a student’s first and second semester on campus
- Easing new students’ transition to college/Northeastern life through peer guidance
- Introducing and helping new students navigate opportunities on campus and in Boston
- Building a CSSH community that spans across class levels (from first years to seniors)
- Providing examples of curricular, extracurricular, and experiential learning pathways by sharing stories of lived experiences
Who Are the Peer Mentors?
The Spring 2021 peer mentors are students who applied to the program in December on their own accord or at the recommendation of their academic advisor, co-op coordinator, or program/department faculty. A faculty member in each program/department ultimately confirmed their acceptance into the peer mentoring program.
What Are the Expectations of the Fall 2021 Peer Mentors?
- Optional opportunity to meet and interact with incoming students during their summer Orientation sessions (more information and sign-ups will be emailed in mid-May)
- Attend mandatory college-wide peer mentor training in September 2021 (details to come)
- Virtually attend DEPT1000 DEPT at Northeastern when invited by the instructor if your schedule permits
- Invite and accompany your mentees to academic department/major student club/organization before late October
- Invite and accompany your mentees to at least one CSSH event and one university-wide event throughout the Fall term
- Pass along information about department-related or other interesting events to your mentees, trying to accompany them when possible (examples: lectures, fairs, etc)
- Check-in with mentees individually or as a group every two weeks via in-person meeting, text, or email
- Optional opportunities to meet and interact with undeclared majors or students switching from another major
- Optional opportunities to attend department events and provide the student perspective
- Whether graduating, going on co-op, studying abroad, or taking classes, we hope Fall peer mentors can maintain connection with their mentees by checking in with them every few weeks via in-person meeting, text, or email during the Spring 2022 semester.
Who Do I Contact If I Have Questions?
PRIORITY DEADLINE FOR THE FALL 2021 APPLICATION PERIOD IS APRIL 4TH.
If you have any questions about the CSSH Peer Mentoring program or application please email Ariana Roche at firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted Fall 2021 peer mentors, please confirm here.