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 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.

Your commitment

  • Be an active and responsive participant
  • 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
  • Respond to your Peer Mentor's inquiries or be removed from the program 

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
  • Provide encouragement and guidance
  • Introduce you to the OCAD U community
  • Support your academic and social success

Student Mentee participation

To participate as an undergraduate Student Mentee, sign up anytime, May through September, by following these easy steps:

STEP 1: Join the OCAD U Hub on Ten Thousand Coffees!

Student Mentees are 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 make initial contact and connect with their assigned Peer Mentor.

How to create your profile:

  1. Go to http://bit.ly/OCADU_HUB and sign up with your name
    and e-mail (personal email is fine).

  2. Make sure to verify your account. 10kCoffees will send you a verification e-mail with a link directing you back to their website.
    This is when you will join the OCADU Hub and create your profile.

  3. Identify your role as a Student Mentee in the OCAD U Hub. In the drop-down menu, select the option “Student Mentee (approved users only)”. Identifying yourself accurately will make it easier for your Peer Mentor to find you and connect.

  4. Define your personal interests. As part of creating your profile, the interests you select will also help 10kCoffees connect you with other professionals and alumni for productive conversations—if that interests you.

  5. Choose your objectives. These are all about what you want to learn from others (“want”) and what you may wish to share (“offer”).

  6. Add a quick bio to your profile. Write a concise biography (one or two sentences) that describes who you are, where you are coming from, and where you are going as an artist or designer.

  7. Upload a profile picture.

  8. Add further information. Click your profile on the top right-hand corner of the 10kCoffees page to edit it further if you wish, such as adding your education, languages you speak and personal website. Like any social media platform, your profile will provide a first impression to everyone who views it. Tips for making a strong first impression include: being yourself, being friendly, being professional and don’t forget to include something unique and interesting.

  9. Let people know who you are. Before people connect with you, they will want to get to know you a little bit. You can fill in as much or as little of your profile as you would like. If you do not want to answer a particular section, feel free to leave it blank! Blank sections won’t appear in your public profile.

  10. Congratulations! Your profile is complete and you are ready to connect with your Peer Mentor and other members of the OCADU Hub! Watch for your Peer Mentor to initiate contact with you through the Hub, or search them by name or use the “Hub Roles” filter to narrow the results.

Step by Step Guide (PDF): 10k Coffees: A Guide for Student Mentees

STEP 2: Fill in the Student Mentee participation form!

Complete and submit this online Student Mentee participation form.
(See Mentor/Mentee assignment schedule below)

STEP 3: Attend CONNECT U!

Though connecting initially online, Student Mentees and Peer Mentors are encouraged to meet in person. However, you may be "geographically challenged" through the summer if you live in different parts of the planet, so CONNECT U, is designed as an informal opportunity to meet, perhaps for the first time at an official O-DAYS! activity in advance of the Labour Day weekend and BIG-O-Day! (Tuesday, September 4).

Wednesday, August 29, 2018
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Details to be announced

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 2018

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 2018

  • Tuesday, June 5
  • Wednesday, June 13 (due to Convocation on Tuesday)
  • Tuesday, June 19
  • Tuesday, June 26

JULY 2018

  • Tuesday, July 3
  • Tuesday, July 10
  • Tuesday, July 17
  • Tuesday, July 24
  • Tuesday, July 31: no assignment due to staff vacation

AUGUST 2018

  • Tuesday, August 7: No Peer Mentor assignment due to staff vacation
  • Tuesday, August 14
  • Monday, August 20: last day to submit Student Mentee Application in order to wishing to have a Peer Mentor assigned August 21, in advance of O-DAYS! (orientation).
  • Tuesday, August 21
  • Tuesday, August 28: No Peer Mentor assignment due to O-DAYS!

SEPTEMBER 2018

  • Tuesday, September 4: no assignment due to O-DAYS!
  • Tuesday, September 11
  • Tuesday, September 18 (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

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