ST: The Mentor Program

The peer mentor aspect of Smooth Transitions is a voluntary position held by sophomores, juniors or seniors. Each first year-student will be assigned to a mentor and mentee support group. There are 20 peer mentor positions available. A mentor meets one-on-one with each assigned mentee and helps to organize get-togethers for the mentee group like study hall, academic skill-building workshops and social activities. There is also one student coordinator role who will work with four Smooth Transition Core leaders and the center to provide input and help with the execution of the pre-orientation and year-long programming. Students interested in applying for the coordinator, core or mentor positions should use One-App to apply.

Responsibilities and requirements of mentors:

  1. Complete peer leader training in the Spring and a Smooth Transitions mentor training in late August. The ST Student Coordinator position and the four Core leaders will require additional training and meeting time.
  2. Demonstrate positive leadership capabilities both within and outside of the Xavier University community.
  3. Serve as a mentor who is committed to introduce and advise first year students to appropriate university resources and opportunities on the campus as the need arises.
  4. Demonstrate sensitivity and address issues of diversity with an open mind and logical judgment.
  5. Required to meet 2-3 times during a semester to provide updates and informal progress reports about their mentees to the coordinator.
  6. Participate in all STP activities including other university events as required.

Responsibilities and requirements of core leaders:

  1. Complete peer leader training in the Spring and a Smooth Transitions mentor training in late August. The ST Student Coordinator position and the four Core leaders will require additional training and meeting time.
  2. Demonstrate positive leadership capabilities both within and outside of the Xavier University community.
  3. Participate in all STP activities including other university events as required.
  4. Serve as a mentor who is committed to introduce and advise first year students to appropriate university resources and opportunities on the campus as the need arises.
  5. Demonstrate sensitivity and address issues of diversity with an open mind and logical judgment.
  6. Support the coordinator in creating innovative programming to motivate students toward academic and social success throughout the academic year.
  7. Meet with the coordinator at least once a month to organize monthly programming.
  8. Required to meet 2-3 times during a semester to provide updates and informal progress reports about their assigned mentees to the coordinator.

Responsibilities and requirements of coordinator:

  1. Complete peer leader training in the Spring and a Smooth Transitions mentor training in late August. The ST Student Coordinator position and the four Core leaders will require additional training and meeting time.
  2. Demonstrate positive leadership capabilities both within and outside of the Xavier University community.
  3. Demonstrate sensitivity and address issues of diversity with an open mind and logical judgment.
  4. Participate in all STP activities including other university events as required.
  5. The coordinator does not have mentoring responsibilities.
  6. Take the lead in devising innovative programming to motivate students toward academic and social success. Must be comfortable with delegating task to the core leaders.
  7. Collaborate with campus resources (i.e. academic or student support departments) to determine staple programming that mentees could benefit from.
  8. Required to meet with each mentor 2-3 times a semester to review their report on each mentee they’ve been assigned. After collecting this information, the coordinator will report back to the professional staff the successes and concerns.
  9. Work with the professional staff to plan the pre-orientation aspect of Smooth Transitions.