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!
- Contribute towards a sense of community at OCAD U
- Learn more about OCAD U services and programs
- Make new friends and develop new connections and networks
- Develop your leadership skills
- Strengthen communication skills and build self-confidence
- Enhance your interpersonal skills
- Gain transferable skills through training and support
- Great experience for your CV
- Team t-shirt, social engagement and food
- Opportunities for hands-on involvement at O-DAYS!
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 "Peer Mentor Principles", your mentor training and support.
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 2020/2021
How to become a Peer Mentor in 2020/2021:
STEP 1: Apply
Students interested in becoming Peer Mentors must have satisfactory academic standing, consistently achieving a minimum of 60% each session.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: anytime before April 3, 2020
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 MEET: Friday, April 10, 2020.
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: Tuesday, April 21, 2020.
STEP 4: 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 (includes snacks and lunch):
- Wednesday, April 22, 2020 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.*)
* NOTE: the In-Person Support/Training Day is always scheduled the first business day immediately following Formal Assessment Period for winter term.
- Review new PEER MENTOR PRINCIPLES: Online modules and complete brief "Apply Your Knowledge" quizzes as part of new training and support no later than Friday, April 17, 2020.
- Attend/participate in-person PEER MENTOR PRINCIPLES, ONE day of mandatory, engaging program support and training (Wednesday, April 22, 2020), following completion of winter term 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 orientation and welcome (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 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