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-, fourth- or upper-year and in good academic standing?
Become a Peer Mentor! This is what's in it for you:
- Get involved and build community!
- Make new friends!
- Be recognised as a student leader!
- Gain new skills and strengthen communication savvy!
- Build self-confidence and interpersonal skills!
- Training that impresses future employers!
- Great experience and resume content!
- Team t-shirt, social engagement and food!
- Eligible to be nominated for annual Peer Mentor Awards!
- Invitation to annual student dinner, celebrating
leadership and excellence!
- First chance at select on-campus paid opportunities
that benefit from your mentor training!
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.
Upper-year students interested in becoming peer mentors are asked to:
- Attend/participate in PEER MENTOR PRINCIPLES, two days of mandatory program support and training (always scheduled the first Monday/Tuesday following completion of winter semester classes and exams. See 2018/2019 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..
- Respect your Student Mentee(s)' privacy, ensuring that contact information and personal conversations are kept confidential.
Peer mentor application 2018/2019
Peer Mentor recruitment for 2017/2018 is complete.
Watch for opportunities mid-fall semester and early winter semester to sign up and then watch here for the online 2018/2019 Peer Mentor Application form.
Peer Mentor Principles 2018
Two days of mandatory program support and training for Peer Mentors is always scheduled the first Monday/Tuesday following completion of winter semester classes and exams/critiques:
- Monday, April 23, 2018
- Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Note: In order to participate, students interested in becoming peer mentors must have satisfactory academic standing, consistently achieving a minimum of 60% each session.
Annual Peer Mentor Awards
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!
Brent Everett James
Campus Life Coordinator
Student Success Programs
416-977-6000, Ext. 275