What is a student mentee?

A Student Mentee is a first-year undergraduate student who, in their transition to OCAD U, is looking for support and guidance from a "buddy", a knowledgeable upper-year student volunteer Peer Mentor: involvement with the campus community; making new friends and engaging with faculty and staff; knowledge regarding OCAD U procedures; advice about student services; and information about extracurricular activities.

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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 Peer Mentor, you would be matched with first-year mature or international students who can benefit from your diverse and shared experiences.

- See more at: http://www.ocadu.ca/CM/WebUI/PageTypes/GeneralContent2/GeneralContent2.aspx?PageID=168&PageMode=Preview#sthash.kMVq6zGT.dpufAre 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!

Are you a new or first-year undergraduate who has accepted OCAD U's offer of admission? Are you looking for support, guidance, tips and helpful answers? Are you looking for a positive student experience? Do you have an interest in getting involved, making new friends and building community?

Whether you are an advanced standing or first-year, a mature or international undergraduate student, there is a supportive volunteer Peer Mentor who can share their diverse experience with you.

Note: we do not always have sufficient Peer Mentors from every area of study to match you specifically by major. You will, however, be assigned to a friendly, encouraging and knowledgeable upper-year student from the same Faculty as you. See more on their commitment below!

Your commitment

  • Be an active and responsive participant
  • Respond and engage in dialogue with your Peer Mentor 
  • Retain your critical faculties: listen, think and evaluate
  • Seek new skills and capacities; not just knowledge
  • Be open to multiple influences and opportunities
  • Take responsibility for your success as a student
  • Support your own academic and social success

Your Peer Mentor commitment

  • Connect with you and welcome you
  • Ask questions and engage you in actual dialogue
  • Share experience, information and knowledge
  • Listen and provide answers to your questions
  • Make appropriate referrals where you can get more information
  • Provide encouragement and guidance
  • Support your academic and social success

Become a Student Mentee

To participate as an undergraduate Student Mentee*, sign up anytime,
May through September:

Fill in the Student Mentee participation form!

Complete and submit this online Student Mentee participation form

For an idea of when you will get a Peer Mentor match (based on when you submit your participation form), see the Mentor/Mentee assignment schedule below.

*We may not always have a sufficient number of Peer Mentors from every major/area of study to match you specifically. You will, however, be assigned to a friendly, encouraging and knowledgeable upper-year student, usually from the same Faculty as you—who will provide information, answer your questions to the best of their ability, and act as a referral if necessary.

Attend CONNECT U!

Student Mentees and Peer Mentors are encouraged to meet in person. However, through the summer you may live in different parts of the planet, so CONNECT U, as part of our orientation and welcome, O-DAYS! 2019, is designed as an informal opportunity to meet, perhaps for the first time in advance of the long weekend and Welcome Day! (Tuesday, September 3).

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Ask your Peer Mentor for details and watch 
the orientation and welcome schedule for updates.

This activity is hosted by Student Mentor Program. All new first-year undergrads are welcome! Special guest and inspirational speaker Andy Thibodeau will enlighten and entertain.

Mentor/Mentee assignment schedule 2019

Peer Mentor/Student Mentee assignment starts the first Tuesday in June each year. Campus Life will send assignment and contact information by email to Student Mentees and Peer Mentors at 4:00 p.m. per the following schedule:

JUNE 2019

JULY 2019

  • Tuesday, July 2
  • Tuesday, July 9
  • Tuesday, July 16
  • Tuesday, July 23
  • No assignment July 30 (or August 6) due to staff vacation

AUGUST 2019

  • Tuesday, August 13
  • Monday, August 19: last day to submit Student Mentee Application in order to wishing to have a Peer Mentor assigned in advance of our orientation and welcome, O-DAYS! 2019.
  • Tuesday, August 20
  • No assignment August 27 due to our orientation and welcome, O-DAYS! 2019.

SEPTEMBER 2019

  • No assignment Tuesday, September 3 due to orientation Welcome Day!
  • Tuesday, September 10
  • Tuesday, September 17 (if demand necessitates assignment)

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

When you get an awesome Peer Mentor, consider nominating them for an award! Peer Mentor Awards acknowledge those Peer Mentors who make outstanding contributions—in addition to maintaining regular communication with Student Mentees, participating in campus activities—while adhering to the mandate of the program. Find out how you can nominate your peer mentor!

Contact:

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

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