What is a peer mentor?

Peer mentors are knowledgeable upper-year undergraduate students who assist first-year undergraduate students with their transition to OCAD University; provide support, guidance and information regarding university procedures, student services and extracurricular activities; and encourages engagement with community, peers, faculty and staff.

Become a peer mentor!

Are you an enthusiastic and confident upper-year undergraduate student going into second, third or fourth year and in good academic standing? Are you interested in getting involved and building community? Are you looking for a positive student experience? To enhance your communication savvy? Are you looking to strengthen self-confidence and interpersonal skills? Make new friends? Are you looking to emerge as a student leader? Become a peer mentor!

Mature peer mentors and international peer mentors

Upper-year mature students (25+) and international students are welcome to become peer mentors too! As a mature student mentor or international mentor, you would be matched with first-year mature or international students who can benefit from your diverse and shared experiences.

Commitment

Upper-year students interested in becoming peer mentors are asked to:

  • Attend/participate in TWO days of mandatory program training upon completion of winter semester classes and exams. New and returning peer mentors MUST commit to BOTH days. (See 2017/2018 dates below.)
  • Contribute and participate online as moderators, May to September, (Facebook groups, etc.).
  • Actively engage with student mentee(s) between June and November.
  • Represent the program and greet new students at Registration Assistance Days (R.A.D.) in late June, and O-DAYS! in September as well as other OCAD U events where Peer Mentor presence is beneficial.
  • Initiate contact, make introductions and clarify their preferred method of communication.
  • Encourage student mentees to contact you.
  • Establish a monthly communication schedule and "check-in" with your student mentee(s) on a regular basis for the duration of the program.
  • Check email regularly and kindly respond within 24 hours.
  • Attend the Campus Life CONNECT U during O-DAYS!, and invite your student mentee(s) to meet in person.
  • Support and participate in other O-DAYS! activities.
  • Plan and participate in other monthly activities for student mentees.
  • Submit monthly online peer mentor reports (June through November).
  • Respect your student mentee(s)' privacy, ensuring that contact information and personal conversations are kept confidential.

Peer mentor application 2017/2018

Recruitment for 2016/2017 programming is now complete. 
Peer mentor recruitment for next year, 2017/2018, begins November 2016.

Watch here for the online 2017/2018 Peer Mentor Application form.

Mentor Program training 2017/2018: The last day of 2017 Winter term classes is currently scheduled for Friday, April 7, 2017, with critiques scheduled April 10 to 17, 2017 and exams scheduled April 18 to 21, 2017 (barring any extension to make up any potential snow days). 

Therefore, mark your calendars: our TWO days of mandatory 2017/2018 program training will be:

  • Monday, April 24, 2017
  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Note: In order to participate, students interested in becoming peer mentors must have satisfactory academic standing, consistently achieving a minimum of 60% each session.

2016 mentor/mentee assignment schedule

Campus Life will send peer mentor assignment emails to Student Mentees at 4:00 p.m. per the following schedule. Peer Mentors are asked to initiate contact with assigned Student Mentees by Friday of that same week:

June 2016

  • Tuesday, June 7
  • Tuesday, June 14
  • Tuesday, June 21
  • Tuesday, June 28

July 2016

  • Tuesday, July 5
  • Tuesday, July 12
  • Tuesday, July 19
  • No Peer Mentor assignment July 26 due to staff vacation

August 2016

  • No peer mentor assignment August 2 due to staff vacation
  • Tuesday, August 9
  • Tuesday, August 16
  • Student Mentees wishing to have a peer mentor assigned in advance of 
  • O-DAYS! (orientation) should apply no later than August 22
  • Tuesday, August 23
  • No Peer Mentor assignment August 30 due to O-DAYS!

September 2016

  • No peer mentor assignment September 6 due to O-DAYS!
  • Tuesday, September 13

Annual Peer Mentor Awards

PEER MENTOR AWARDS acknowledge those Peer Mentors who made outstanding contributions—in addition to maintaining regular communication with Mentees, submitting monthly reports, and participating in campus activities—while adhering to the mandate of the program; - See more at: http://www.ocadu.ca/services/campus-life/mentoring-at-ocadu/peer-mentor-awards.htm#sthash.6NfTRowr.dpuf
PEER MENTOR AWARDS acknowledge those Peer Mentors who made outstanding contributions—in addition to maintaining regular communication with Mentees, submitting monthly reports, and participating in campus activities—while adhering to the mandate of the program - See more at: http://www.ocadu.ca/services/campus-life/mentoring-at-ocadu/peer-mentor-awards.htm#sthash.ZhkRtPWd.dpuf

Peer Mentor Awards, acknowledge those peer mentors who make outstanding contributions — in addition to maintaining regular communication with student mentees, submitting monthly online reports, and participating in campus activities—while adhering to the mandate of the program. Find out more about the nomination process!

Support materials

Contact

Brent Everett James
Campus Life Coordinator
Student Success Programs
416-977-6000, Ext. 275