Higher Values in Higher Education

FYE Peer Mentors

Serving as a Peer Mentor for an FYE class is a valuable experience for upperclassmen. Peer Mentors have the opportunity to work closely with staff and faculty members to work effectively with first year students. Furthermore, Peer Mentors have the opportunity to serve as role models for incoming first year students, providing these students with valuable information about physical, intellectual, social-civic and emotional wellness as well as campus and community life.

Learning Outcomes for FYE Peer Mentors

Peer Mentors in the First Year Experience program at Western Illinois University will…….

  • Locate and support institutional resources and regulations within their role as peer mentor
  • Create and cultivate community within the student population of a UNIV 100 classroom
  • Recognize self as an active, critical member of the WIU FYE program including being a role model & advocate for first year students within WIU and the FYE community
  • Construct a personal philosophy of what it means to work with First Year Students as a Peer Mentor in FYE at WIU
  • Apply class facilitation and engagement skills (team builders)with UNIV 100 students and in small groups with fellow Peer Mentors
  • Demonstrate creative and critical thought around First Year Student learning as related to discussion topics proposed in University 100 or Y Honors course syllabi
  • Describe areas of challenge, improvement, and growth within Peer Mentor role in working with First Year Students

Peer Mentor Responsibilities

  1. Attend all required training sessions (prior to the start of the fall semester)
  2. Assist FYE students in adjusting to university life
  3. Familiarize FYE students with university resources
  4. Attend UNIV 100 course once a week (16-weeks)
  5. Attend at least 2 campus/community explorations with class
  6. Attend university wide FYE Peer Mentor meeting, seminars, Peers Operating Dynamically (POD) meetings, etc.
  7. Have a desire to work with FYE students inside and outside of the classroom
  8. Understand and appreciate the unique needs of FYE students
  9. Work with, meet and communicate weekly with the course instructor
  10. Attend regularly scheduled 1 on 1s with instructor
  11. Advocate for the WIU FYE program, FYE students and other peer mentors
  12. Complete all paperwork as required by the FYE program
  13. Complete other duties as assigned

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