Meet our Peer Mentors!
Lane's Peer Mentor program began Spring of 2017 to improve student services and student outcomes funded by the Oregon Promise grant statewide initiative and the First Year Experience. This program was adapted from Lane's former Student Service Associate (SSA) program model that began in the early 1970's through 2016. Students were hired as peer mentors and served as liaisons between college staff and students, acted as role models and mentors, building connections for students to campus life and campus resources.
Peer Mentors are trained paraprofessionals who gain knowledge and experience with regard to college resources, services, processes and procedures. They serve as positive role models and provide outreach to diverse student groups. They assist Success Coaches, Academic Advisors, Career Advisor, and Counselors in the student services division. In addition, peer mentors assist with creating and hosting campus-wide events; help new and returning students navigate Lane's policies and procedures; provide career research and career development activities around Lane's eight (8) career communities; identify resources to help students achieve their educational and career goals. Peer Mentors collaborate with Lane's International programs and other students groups while gaining skills that benefit them personally and professionally.
2019 Peer Mentors
- Acquire communication and interpersonal skills
- Learn leadership development practices
- Learn career development strategies
- Develop team building interpersonal dynamics
- Learn to foster interdependence, collaboration, and conflict management
- Enhance the ability to serve as a peer mentor and positive role model
- Develop knowledge of college and community resources to link students with appropriate referrals
How do I become a Peer Mentor?
- Must have completed at least 6 credits at Lane by the time of application
- Be enrolled in at least 6 credits of classes for Fall, Winter, and Spring terms
- Be in good academic standing with at least 2.50 cumulative GPA
- commit to participating in working between 9-12 hours a week
- Commit to attending the mandatory paid weekly training session held each Wednesday, 3:30pm -4:50 pm each term
- Preferred participation in Oregon Promise, First Year Experience, TRiO program, attended a College Success class or related coursework
- Enjoy working with people and being part of a team
To apply to become a Peer Mentor visit Lane Job Connection online student employment web links. For assistance completing the application visit the First Year Experience office, Counseling and Career Center in building 1 on main campus. On line applications accepted though mid April each academic year. For more information contact Tammy Walters, firstname.lastname@example.org, building 1 room 104, (541) 463-5296.