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Student Affairs - Inspiring Student Success

Peer Mentoring Program


Apply to Be a Mentee/Mentor

 

About the Peer Program 

The program began in 1986 as part of a retention program for students of color.  Today the program is open to all students, particularly students of color and/or LGBTIQAThe program has been effective in promoting academic success, personal development, campus leadership, and civic engagement.

 

Vision: The “O” aims to retain every student and provide them with the tools to navigate their social, academic, professional, and personal lives.

 

Mission & Goals: The “O” pairs incoming first-year students and new transfer students with upper-class student mentors who serve as coaches, role models, advisers, guides, and referral agents to facilitate transitioning into Tulane collegiate life. 

 

Program Outcomes:

·  Meet or exceed University retention rates

·      Expand participant’s community of friends

·      Strengthen participant’s leadership skills, confidence, and sense of community

 

Learning Outcomes:

·      Be able to identify resources on campus for academic affairs, suicide prevention, mental, sexual, & psychological help services, and funding sources.

·      Demonstrate optimal and effective mentoring skills by committing to the program, caring about your mentee, and responding correctly and timely when needed.

·      Develop leadership and team building skills.

·      Assess your strengths and weaknesses as a mentor and indicate ways to rectify weaknesses

·      Evaluate the Peer Program and suggest recommendations 

What Kinds of Things do Mentors and Mentees Do? 

Although each mentoring relationship is different, there are a variety of activities for mentors and mentees. Some eat lunch together, some attend football games or performances, and others go on cultural trips together. Mentors have been involved in goal setting for the mentee and referring mentees to campus resources when they cannot help in a situation. Also, the program offers numerous programs throughout the year such as mentoring/study groups/sessions, cultural awareness programs, Celebration of seasons/traditions and end of the social and recognitions activities.

How Will I be Paired? 

Mentors and mentees are paired based on the information provided in the mentees information sheet. We ask mentees to rank what information is most important in matching and try to pair them accordingly to best meet the needs of the mentee.

 

Programs and Services

One-on-One Mentoring

Mentors and mentees meet and talk. Mentees may ask their mentor questions, discuss a topic of interest, or just check in with their mentor.

Support

Mentors provide support for mentees as they connect with the Tulane and New Orleans community. For example, realizing how difficult it can be to talk with your professors or figuring how and in what organizations to get involved. The Office is here to support and direct you any any direction to aid you in your time here at Tulane.

Cultural/Social Trips 

We off a variety of cultural trips throughout the year to different historical/cultural locations, festival and social outings. 

 

Requirements

As part of the Peer Program, you will be required to attend:

o   Matching Ceremony on (8/30)

o   3-hour training on September 3rd, 2017

o   TWO Peer Program meetings

o   9/12 5pm, (Qatar Room, LBC)

o   10/10 5pm, (Qatar Room, LBC)

o   11/7, 5pm (Qatar Room, LBC)

o   bi-weekly contact with your mentee


 

Information for Mentees

How Do I Get a Mentor? 

Getting a mentor is simple. If you are a first year student or new transfer student, just complete this online form with your tulane username and password. All matches are for one academic year. If the mentoring relationship does not work out, the mentee need only call or email the Program Coordinator for Mentoring and they will assign a new mentor. For more information please contact the OMA Office.

Why Should I Join the Mentoring Program? 

Mentees benefit in many ways from having a mentor and participating in the ambassador program. By having a friend/mentor when you arrive at Tulane, the stress of adjusting to campus is reduced. This is also directly related to higher retention of new students and higher GPAs (as compared to their fellow non-mentored new students). If you have a problem with anything personal or academic, your mentor can be a support system. If your mentor does not have direct experience, they will know where to refer you so that you can get help.

Much of the learning that contributes to one's success happens not only through books, but also through real world experience. Without a mentor, that learning occurs mostly through trial and error. With a mentor, however, one can benefit from the experiences and expertise of someone who has withstood the trial and can help you avoid the error! Similarly, those new to Tulane will discover that being a mentee shortens the learning curve for acquiring the skills and knowledge most critical to a successful career at Tulane. 

Participation in the ambassador program offers some other benefits as well. OMA offers program-only events and we also give priority spacing to certain cultural or social trips with limited space to those invested in our program. With your membership card/number you gain access to a lot of programs and activities that are not open to other students.

 

Information for Mentors

What is a Mentor?

A mentor serves as a coach, role model, adviser, guide and referral agent for freshmen and new transfer students. Mentors assist new students in getting acclimated to campus life. The program offers two types of mentors:

  • Peer Mentors - Peer mentors must be second year students at Tulane University, have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, be in good standing with the university as it relates to student conduct, and in with the Ambassador Mentorship program (if a returning mentor). Peer mentors must have a sincere concern for the well being of new students and be familiar with challenges related to being from an underrepresented population

Benefits of Being a Mentor? 


  • Resume and career coaching
  • Ability to apply for a Mentor only scholarship
  • Access to cultural trips, tours and other social outings.
  • And of course SWAG!!  

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Division of Student Affairs, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-314-2188 studnaff@tulane.edu