The Mission of the Peer Support Program is to increase the success and retention rates of first-year Columbia College Chicago students. This program connects first-year minority and other underrepresented students with upper-class peer mentors. Peer mentors coordinate opportunities for students to become acclimated to the campus and Chicago area, as well as to develop their personal, academic, social and cultural experiences through programming and guidance.
Mentor Responsibilities and Expectations
• Attend the Mandatory Peer Mentor Training (Monday, August 29, 2016 from 9:30am – 4:30pm)
• Provide peer advising and tutoring by maintaining weekly contact with their mentees through
personal meetings and events, phone, e-mail, office hours, etc.
• Hold weekly office hours (2 hours per week)
• Maintain a minimum of a 2.8 cumulative GPA
• Meet regularly with your PSP Coordinator / Staff Mentor
• Submit contact logs based on mentor / mentee interactions
• Attend bi-weekly Peer Mentor staff meetings
• Attend all required Peer Support Program events as outlined in the commitment forms(orientations,
Tips on Tuesdays, workshops, etc.)
• Be available during the fall and spring semesters on Monday @ 3:30 p.m., Tuesday@ 12 noon, or Friday’s 12:30 p.m. for Tips on Shuffle (Bi-weekly). Must be available for Tuesday 12 noon mentor meetings.
• Must be a full-time, upper-level undergraduate (Sophomore, Junior, or Senior level)
or graduate student for the 2016-2017 academic year
• Must be in good academic and judicial standing with Columbia College Chicago
• Must have a minimum of a 2.8 cumulative GPA
• Must be available to devote a minimum of 5 hours per week to the Peer Support Program
• Should have a good understanding of the mission and work of the Office of Multicultural Affairs
• Should be familiar with campus resources, offices, and departments
• Should possess exceptional leadership and interpersonal communication skills
• Should possess a deep appreciation for the diversity of our student body and a commitment to the
support and retention of Columbia’s first-year students.
Mentors will receive $750 per semester. Further details on compensation will be shared at individual interviews.
Mentor Recruitment / Selection Timeline 2016-2017
July 20 (Wednesday) Mentor Applications Available: Multicultural Affairs (618 S. Michigan, 4th Floor)
August 1 (Monday) Applications due to Dr. Kimberly L. Weatherly, Director of Multicultural Affairs
- Deadline: 4:00 PM, Office of Multicultural Affairs
- (618 S. Michigan, 4th Floor)
When you turn in your application, be prepared to sign up for an interview time!
August (2nd 3rd 5th ) Individual Mentor Interviews: Times vary – must sign up when you turn in your application
August 8 (Monday) Selected individuals are notified and asked to sign acceptance forms
August 29 (Monday) 2016-17 Mentor Welcome & Training Mandatory
- 9:30 – 4:30 p.m. at 618 S. Michigan, 4th Floor
- In order to be eligible, applicants must be available to attend this training session
Peer Mentor Application Checklist
Two Completed recommendation forms in signed, sealed envelopes
A copy of your unofficial transcript attached
A copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) attached
A copy of your fall schedule 2016
* Don’t forget to sign up for your interview when you submit your application!