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Academic Peer Mentors

What is Academic Peer Mentoring?

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Peer mentors are sophomore through senior students that get paired with first time freshmen who have been placed on university academic probation for having a GPA below 2.0 during their fall semester as well as those who choose to opt into the program. The peer mentor is a facilitator, developing a relationship with their mentee, helping develop coping skills to solve problems, and guiding them in their continued adjustment to the university environment. The purpose of this program is to provide first year students a safe place to discuss struggles from the previous semester and work through new strategies to improve.

Students can email the Shepard Academic Resource Center to find a mentor.

Over 80 percent of students on academic probation who meet weekly with a mentor successfully complete their semester and are removed from academic probation.

Meet the Academic Peer Mentor Coordinator

Marissa Quinones, Peer Mentor Coordinator 2017-2018

Hi guys! My name is Marissa Quinones and I am from Oakland, CA. I am a senior, Psychology major with a Neuroscience and Fine Arts minor. I have been a Peer Mentor for two years and now, I am excited to be the Coordinator. When I am not running around as a Freshman Workshop Leader or working at the Commons, I love going on hikes, singing, and trying all the classic Portland restaurants. Being the Coordinator is a reward to me, because this program is so meaningful to everyone who is a part of it. This is another way for sophomores, juniors, and seniors to use their experiences at UP to help guide freshmen to being more successful. This program has also built community where both the mentor and the mentee can learn from one another.

Apply for an Academic Peer Mentor Position

Applications for Spring 2018 Peer Mentors will go live October 9th on the Student Job Board

The mission of the Academic Peer Mentor program is to provide one on one peer support and accountability in the spring semester to help first year students on University academic probation and others interested in the program to increase their academic confidence, strengthen academic skills, and enhance their academic performance. Through open, honest, and personalized peer relationships, the worries, challenges, and needs of the first year student can be expressed with upper-class students in their college. The mentor will help the mentee identify goals, clarify motivation, and develop action plans to achieve goals.