Become a Mentor

How to Become a Mentor

Interested in becoming an academic mentor and helping other students achieve success? Contact Jessica Dietrich, and inquire about the UNIV 202 Peer Mentoring course.

Characteristics of a Good Mentor

The REACH Academic Peer Mentor needs to be responsible, organized, and a role model for academic success with a 2.7 GPA or above. Academic Peer Mentors must be sensitive to the needs of students from diverse backgrounds, especially first-generation and low-income students.

Mentors will need to identify problems that impact students' academic performance and work strategically to provide guidance through such obstacles. In order to do this, mentors should have a clear understanding of effective study skills and study habits, be familiar with student resources on campus, and be able to work well with students as leader.

Mentors work approximately 10-12 hours per week. Position pays $13.00 per hour.
Peer Academic Mentors are primarily expected to:
  • Provide ongoing mentorship to a group of ten-twelve students by maintaining regular communication via email, phone calls, and text messages.
  • Provide academic and personal guidance to mentees by meeting with them once every other week for thirty minutes.
  • Facilitate two-hour REACH for Success class (UNIV 199) sessions twice a week. REACH for Success occurs from 9am-11am, 12pm-2pm, 2pm-4pm, 4pm-6pm on M/W or 4pm-6pm on T/TR. Mentors must be available for at least one of these time slots.
  • Attend two week long training the week before each semester begins.
  • Meet with assigned Faculty Mentor once a week during anytime of your choosing.
  • Attend weekly mentor meeting on Fridays from 2pm-3pm.