Developing an Effective Peer Mentoring Program to Support First Generation College Students (EDU876G)

Presented By: Dr. Paz Maya Oliverez
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Event Details
  • Pre-recorded Webinar
  • 60 minutes
  • Tue, August 8, 2017
Event Description

Strategies for Developing and Implementing a Peer Mentoring Program to Serve First Generation Students

Peer mentoring has a significant positive impact on students who benefit from the support, guidance, and information provided by a well-trained, academically-successful peer. Peer mentoring programs aimed at supporting first generation college students help programs and institutions build capacity in ways that can lead to greater student retention and success. Are you looking to develop a Peer Mentoring program on your campus or to enhance an existing one?

If so, this webinar by expert speaker Dr. Paz Maya Oliverez will provide you with concrete steps and strategies for developing and implementing a peer mentoring program to serve first generation students or any student population on your campus who can benefit from peer support. This webinar will provide insight based on the evolution of and lessons learned through the implementation of a peer mentoring program designed to support incoming freshmen as they participate in a Summer Bridge program and continue on in the university’s First-Year Experience (FYE) program. Accordingly, this session will cover the steps for hiring and selecting peer mentors, training them to serve incoming students, and the nature of the services and supports they provide.

Peer mentoring programs like the one to be described here can serve to supplement existing programmatic and institutional efforts to support first generation students, while building capacity and empowering students through the development of critical college knowledge. However, peer mentors themselves also greatly benefit from the experience because they develop numerous skills and competencies, including leadership and mentoring skills, self-efficacy, public-speaking, and professionalism. The academic, personal, and professional development experienced by both peer mentors and their mentees give these students a competitive edge when applying for jobs or graduate school upon degree completion.

After attending this session, you will be able to recruit, train, and promote on-going professional development for a team of peer mentors. You will also possess the necessary insight to determine the nature of the supports and services your peer mentors will provide, as well as the logistical aspects of service delivery such as caseload sizes, timing and frequency of contact, and content of mentor/mentee meetings.

Session Highlights

After attending this session, you will:

  • Gain a better understanding of the role peer mentoring can play in supporting first-generation college students through degree completion
  • Learn about best practices for identifying and selecting peer mentors, including the peer mentor orientation and interview process
  • Learn about best practices for training your peer mentors to mentor students effectively
  • Get a step-by-step guide on how to begin to establish mentor/mentee relationships
  • Learn best practices for delivery of peer mentoring services, including what types of services work best at different times of year
  • Get numerous practical resources that you can use to implement or supplement your own peer mentoring program
  • Discuss various methods for evaluating the outcomes and effectiveness of your peer mentoring program

Who Should Attend

  • 2-year institutions & 4-year institutions
  • Dean of Students
  • Associate vice president of student success
  • Associate vice president of student life
  • Associate vice president of student services
  • Associate vice president of student affairs
  • Advisor
  • Counselor
  • Career services/career counselor
  • Recruiter
  • Residence life
  • Retention specialist
  • Student life
  • Cultural center staff
  • Resource center staff
  • Campus staff
  • Human resources
  • Research programs
  • Service learning/internships
  • Developmental education
  • Diversity
  • First year experience
  • Learning centers
  • Tutoring

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About Our Speaker(s)

Dr. Paz Maya Oliverez
Dr. Paz Maya Oliverez is currently Interim Associate Vice President of Student Success at CSU Dominguez Hills, where she administers EOP, Summer Bridge, the Dominguez Hills First-Year Experience, the Career Center, & Supplemental Instruction. Dr. Oliverez is also currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Mast... More info