Mentor Program

The peer mentor is a volunteer staff member of the Multicultural, Gender, & Women's Center who provides guidance to first-year students in the Smooth Transitions Program (STP). Peer mentors serve as a role model and will help first-year students of color to make informed and beneficial decisions for their academic and social well-being. Peer mentors assist in achieving the goals of the Smooth Transitions Program, which are as follows: To assist first-year students of color with their transition to Xavier University

  1. To increase the retention of students of color ensuring a higher number of students of color graduating from Xavier University.

  2. To make students of color aware of valuable campus resources and services available at Xavier University.

  3. To introduce students of color to different campus programs, activities, and organizations that will enhance their success while attending Xavier University.

  4. To encourage interaction between students of color with faculty and staff, as well as the campus community at large.

  5. To educate students on issues of diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice and how these issues affect both themselves and the world around them.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Complete peer mentor training (please reserve the dates Saturday, April 13, 2013 and Sunday, August 17, 2014).

  2. Serve as a peer mentor for the summer orientation and academic year activities.

  3. Demonstrate positive leadership capabilities both within and outside of the Xavier University community.

  4. Make the commitment to introducing and advising 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. Devise and support innovative ways to motivate students toward academic success.

  7. Be willing to meet during the semester to provide updates and informal progress reports on their mentees.

  8. Participate in all STP activities including other university events as required.