What is a peer mentor?

Peer Mentors are knowledgeable, enthusiastic and confident upper-year undergraduate students going into second-, third-, fourth-, or upper-year studies 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 encourage engagement with community, peers, faculty and staff. 

Become a peer mentor!

  • Get involved and build community!
  • Make new friends! 
  • Be recognised as a student leader!
  • Build communication savvy!
  • Build self-confidence!
  • Strengthen interpersonal skills!
  • Gain transferable skills through our training and support
  • Great experience and resume content!
  • Team t-shirt, social engagement and food!
  • Eligible to be nominated for annual Peer Mentor Awards and invitation to annual student dinner, celebrating leadership and excellence!
  • First chance at select on-campus paid opportunities
    that benefit from your mentor training!

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.

Peer Mentor Application 2018/2019

To become a Peer Mentor, follow these easy steps:

STEP 1: Apply!

Complete and submit the online Peer Mentor Application.
Students interested in becoming Peer Mentors must have satisfactory academic standing, consistently achieving a minimum of 60% each session.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: April 6, 2018

STEP 2: Meet and discuss your interest!

Watch your OCAD U email for confirmation of receipt of your application. Successful applicants will be invited to attend a meeting (one-to-one or group options available) to discuss your interest and ask questions. DEADLINE TO COMPLETE INTERVIEW: April 13, 2018.

STEP 3: Complete online modules!

Navigate through PEER MENTOR PRINCIPLES: Online* in order (20 to 30 minutes per module), using the links in the top banner. Review the content on each page and complete the two (Module 1 and Module 2) “Apply your Knowledge” quizzes. Start anytime!

If you have not yet completed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) modules (in another capacity on- or off-campus), you are responsible for completing those three modules as well.
DEADLINE TO COMPLETE ONLINE MODULES: April 20, 2018.

STEP 4: Join the OCAD U Hub on Ten Thousand Coffees!

Peer Mentors (and Student Mentees) will be required to join the OCAD U Hub and create a free profile on the in the 10K Coffees online platform—where, in addition to a number of benefits—they will initiate first contact and connect with their assigned Student Mentees.

Ten Thousand Coffees: A Guide for Peer Mentors (PDF)

STEP 5: Attend the in-person support/training day!

Participants are required to make a one-day commitment and attend In-Person PEER MENTOR PRINCIPLES* IN-PERSON support/training day:

  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Includes snacks and lunches.

*PEER MENTOR PRINCIPLES: Online content is comprised of some information and discussion formerly included as part of In-person training and support days.

Commitment

  • Review new PEER MENTOR PRINCIPLES: Online modules and complete brief  "Apply Your Knowledge" quizzes as part of new training and support no later than April 20, 2018.
  • Attend/participate in-person PEER MENTOR PRINCIPLES, ONE day of mandatory, engaging program support and training (Tuesday, April 24, 2018), following completion of winter semester classes and assessment period.
  • 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 (RAD) 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..
  • Respect your Student Mentee(s)' privacy, ensuring that contact information and personal conversations are kept confidential.

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, and participating in campus activities—while adhering to the mandate of the program. Find out more about the nomination process!

Contact

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