What is peer mentoring?
Peer mentoring is a structured and trusting relationship that brings new students together with continuing IVC students who share experiences and can offer guidance, support, and encouragement aimed at supporting and developing the character of the mentee. A peer mentor is NOT a counselor, therapist, or academic advisor.
Responsibilities for participating in the program include:
- Checking-in at least twice per month as a mentor/mentee pair, which could include participating in DSPS or campus events
- Maintaining confidentiality about other’s participation in the DSPS program as well as one’s disability and approved accommodations, if discussed
- Notifying a DSPS counselor if there are any issues or concerns
- Regularly checking college email and/or phone for contact from mentor/mentee and/or the DSPS office regarding the program
- Following IVC’s Student Code of Conduct
Interested mentor requirements include:
- Ideally have been at IVC for at least one year
- Be familiar with the IVC campus, available resources, and using accommodations through DSPS
- Be in good academic standing (2.5 GPA and above recommended)
- Must be available to meet with a DSPS counselor for a training session
- Complete a Peer Mentor Application
Interested mentee requirements include:
- Ideally have been at IVC for less than one year
- Complete the Peer Mentee Interest Survey
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for each fall and spring semester, but it is recommended that applications be submitted at least two weeks before the start of the semester. Our office considers a number of factors when pairing students and placement with a mentor/mentee is not guaranteed based on these factors as well as the number of applications received.
Interested participants will be contacted via their college email with more information regarding the program and mentor/mentee pairing contacts.
If you have further questions regarding this program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org