The Peer Mentor Program
The Peer Mentor program was created in 2018 for students in the University of Delaware Associate in Arts Program. AAP Peer Mentors are upper-class students who serve as liaisons between faculty members and students. Most importantly, they are invaluable information resources and role models for first-year students beginning their UD academic careers at the AAP.
Each Peer Mentor is assigned to a UNIV 116 First Year Seminar course and works with the instructor to prepare weekly lesson plans and assist with lectures, presentations, and other assignments in and out of class. To foster a sense of community, the Peer Mentors hold out-of-class meetings, workshops, reading groups, and other activities.
Peer Mentors begin their training by taking part in the Challenge Program, which is held each year during Winter Session. Participants attend a Blue Hen Leadership Program seminar followed by a trip to an "escape room," where they are able to exercise and strengthen their leadership and communication skills. (Read more about previous Challenge Program events here.) Mentors continue their training with a workshop held in late August. For the spring semester, the mentors are enrolled in UNIV 301: Peer Practicum, which is taught by Meghan Biery, program manager for UD's First Year Experience courses.
AAP Peer Mentor applicants must meet the minimum cumulative GPA requirement of 2.5 in order to be eligible for the Peer Mentor program, but any student with a minimum 2.0 GPA and demonstrable leadership skills will be considered. Visit UD's Peer Mentor site for more information on mentor roles, responsibilities, compensation, and eligibility requirements.
AAP Peer Mentors for the 2018–2019 academic year were Henry Chan, Julie Corso, Lyndsay Ryan, Michael Sydnor, and Chloe Tackett in Dover; Linda DiNenna and Trevor Roe in Georgetown; and Cameron Cupples, Sara Dooley, Sarah Geho, Steven Hunt, Keith Medley, Jarred Politarhos, Joe Weeks, Nautica Wilson-Dorsey, and Piper Wissinger in Wilmington.
Check back for more information on the 2019–2020 Peer Mentors!